If there was one old-school game that fans would love to see back in the limelight, one of the top 5 names surely has to be Shenmue. Fans have been dreaming of a Shenmue 3 game for years and we could have some new teasers and hints which suggest that an announcement may, just may be coming up at E3 2013 in a few weeks time.
Shenmue was last seen on the SEGA Dreamcast of course, with Shenmue 2 released way back in 2001. It then turned up on the original Xbox thanks to a port the following year in the US and later on further in Europe. Considering that Shenmue is still one of the most loved franchises ever, it is very surprising to think that we have gone this far without a sniff of Shenmue 3 evidence.
Until now that is. Corey Marshall is the original voice actor for main character Ryo Hazuki and he has posted some exciting new images to his personal Facebook page within the last few hours. The first is a new picture of him inside a recording studio, and the other picture is an older image with him posing next to a Sega logo with a poster of Ryo’s motorbike in the background.
While this could obviously turn out to be nothing, the speculation purists believe that a Shenmue 3 announcement could be coming at E3, what with the timing of the new images being posted so close to the event next month. Why has Wii U been mentioned above though you ask?
Well, it’s also been confirmed that Sega and Nintendo have signed an exclusive agreement together. The first result of this is Sonic: Lost World, which is a new original game that will release exclusively for the Wii U and 3DS platforms. Everybody keeps talking about how Nintendo are struggling on the exclusive front, but imagine if they are able to pull off a Shenmue 3 as a Wii U exclusive.
Along with Zelda, Smash Bros and Mario Kart, Shenmue 3 on the Wii U could end up as a system seller and a key game that Nintendo will hope to revitalize the company’s fortunes. See the images over on Facebook for yourself and let us know your memories of Shenmue on the Dreamcast.
Would you love to see Shenmue 3 as a Wii U exclusive?