What's Shenmue

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What's Shenmue
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Demo

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
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What's Shenmue (What's シェンムー ~湯川(元)専務をさがせ~) is a promotional Sega Dreamcast disc for Shenmue. It was given away shortly before the Japanese release of the game.

What's Shenmue is not a very big demo - it introduces the main characters and details what the game is about, before allowing the player to control the protagonist of the series, Ryo, around a portion of Dobuita. The ultimate aim of What's Shenmue is to find the then senior managing director of Sega, Hidekazu Yukawa. Once found, Ryo needs to chase him down the street in a series of quick time events, then defend him from a gang of "thugs" (before Hidekazu Yukawa wakes up in a room filled with unsold Dreamcasts to find it was all a dream).

Being a demo, What's Shenmue has a number of small differences to the final game. Tom wears a different sweater, Ryo can crouch, there are dogs and some of the NPCs which block the paths do not appear in the final game at all (but do appear in Shenmue II).

Magazine articles

Main article: What's Shenmue/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Dreamcast, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Dreamcast
1999-07-19 Page


Shenmue series of games
Sega Dreamcast
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue II (2001)
Shenmue II (2002)
Windows PC
Shenmue Online (Unreleased) | Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Mobile phone
Shenmue City (2010)
Sony PlayStation 4
Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Xbox One
Shenmue I & II (2018)
Shenmue Characters
Ryo Hazuki
Shenmue related media
"Shenmue"/"Shenhua" (1998) | "Shenhua: Jiang Qing Ri Bao Hua Ge" (1999) | Shenmue Orchestra Version (1999) | "You're My Only: Shenmue no Sasayaki" (1999) | Shenmue JukeBox (1999) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Original Sound Track (2000) | Shenmue (2015) | Shenmue II (2021)
Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Kanzen Seiha no Sho (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Complete Guide (2000) | Official Shenmue Perfect Guide (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue (2000) | Shenmue II Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Kanzen Kouryaku Shinsho (2001) | Shenmue II Premiere Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Guide Book (2001) | Shenmue II Complete Guide (2001) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue II (2002)
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue: The Movie (2001) | Shenmue: The Movie II (200x)