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Why was Shenmue I and Shenmue II never ported to the Wii?

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Galvanizer said:
Darc Requiem said:
Galvanizer said:
I'm pretty sure SEGA could have sold at least 1 million worldwide if they had done it. They didn't even need to add motion controls. They could have just let it use the Classic controller or GameCube controller.


You do realize that SEGA has to be the worst managed gaming company not to go bankrupt. It's a miracle they are still in business. At one point, they arguably the best game developer in the world and they still couldn't make any money. Why? Their management has always been terrible.



You raise a good point. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single critically acclaimed AAA game from SEGA this gen. There was Bayonetta and Vanquish but they were both made by Platinum Games.

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Galvanizer said:
Darc Requiem said:
Galvanizer said:
I'm pretty sure SEGA could have sold at least 1 million worldwide if they had done it. They didn't even need to add motion controls. They could have just let it use the Classic controller or GameCube controller.


You do realize that SEGA has to be the worst managed gaming company not to go bankrupt. It's a miracle they are still in business. At one point, they arguably the best game developer in the world and they still couldn't make any money. Why? Their management has always been terrible.



You raise a good point. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single critically acclaimed AAA game from SEGA this gen. There was Bayonetta and Vanquish but they were both made by Platinum Games.


Yakuza 3 and 4???



Turkish said:
there is a very small audience for Shenmue on Wii.

Do you have evidence to back this claim up?



Player2 said:
Galvanizer said:
Darc Requiem said:
Galvanizer said:
I'm pretty sure SEGA could have sold at least 1 million worldwide if they had done it. They didn't even need to add motion controls. They could have just let it use the Classic controller or GameCube controller.


You do realize that SEGA has to be the worst managed gaming company not to go bankrupt. It's a miracle they are still in business. At one point, they arguably the best game developer in the world and they still couldn't make any money. Why? Their management has always been terrible.



You raise a good point. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single critically acclaimed AAA game from SEGA this gen. There was Bayonetta and Vanquish but they were both made by Platinum Games.

Valkyria Chronicles



True. However, they then went on to move the series to PSP.

Turkish said:
Galvanizer said:
Darc Requiem said:
Galvanizer said:
I'm pretty sure SEGA could have sold at least 1 million worldwide if they had done it. They didn't even need to add motion controls. They could have just let it use the Classic controller or GameCube controller.


You do realize that SEGA has to be the worst managed gaming company not to go bankrupt. It's a miracle they are still in business. At one point, they arguably the best game developer in the world and they still couldn't make any money. Why? Their management has always been terrible.



You raise a good point. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single critically acclaimed AAA game from SEGA this gen. There was Bayonetta and Vanquish but they were both made by Platinum Games.


Yakuza 3 and 4???



None of those games have achieved a Metascore over 80.

I think its likely they will release it on Xbox live and PSN, maybe Nintendo network aswell.
SEGA has been releasing several Saturn and Dreamcast classics on there (in HD). I am hoping they will eventually get to the shenmue's, Panzer dragoons saga's and Shining force 3's. Well maybe not shining force as it requires localisation if they do more than disc 1 (though its already been made by fans), but the other 2 have to find their way somehow.



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If Shenmue I & II were released on the Wii, it would have been a day one purchase for me. Too bad they never did it.



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Nem said:

I think its likely they will release it on Xbox live and PSN, maybe Nintendo network aswell.
SEGA has been releasing several Saturn and Dreamcast classics on there (in HD). I am hoping they will eventually get to the shenmue's, Panzer dragoons saga's and Shining force 3's. Well maybe not shining force as it requires localisation if they do more than disc 1 (though its already been made by fans), but the other 2 have to find their way somehow.



I think they are not releasing Shenmue I and Shenmue II because they want to release them close to the release of Shenmue III, whenever that will be.

Nem said:

I think its likely they will release it on Xbox live and PSN, maybe Nintendo network aswell.
SEGA has been releasing several Saturn and Dreamcast classics on there (in HD). I am hoping they will eventually get to the shenmue's, Panzer dragoons saga's and Shining force 3's. Well maybe not shining force as it requires localisation if they do more than disc 1 (though its already been made by fans), but the other 2 have to find their way somehow.


Actually all three volumes were translated.



Turkish said:
AkiraGr said:

Turkish said:
They'd release it on PS360 before the Wii, there is a very small audience for Shenmue on Wii.

Yes you have a point....(looking at xbox shemue 2 sales).... No you don't. But Turkish is the name trolling is the game.


That would be funny, if only you made sense. According to VGC Xbox version has sold twice as much as the DC version.

Do your homework before replying to me and stop wasting my time with boring hit&run comments.

Shenmue

Shenmue on the Dreamcast is more notorious for its overambitious budget than its poor sales figures. At the time of release in 1999, the game had the record for the most expensive production costs (over US$70 million),[90] and its five-year production time. In comparison, the games' total sale was 1.2 million copies.[91]Shenmue, however, was a critical hit, earning an average review score of 89%.[92] The game was supposed to be the initial installment of a trilogy. The second installment was eventually released in 2001, but by this time the Dreamcast was floundering, so the game only saw a release in Japan and Europe. Sega eventually released it for American audiences for the Xbox, but the poor performance of both titles combined with restructuring have made Sega reluctant to complete the trilogy for fear of failure to return on the investment.[93]

Considering the high production costs, Shenmue experienced disappointing sales. According to IGN, the game, which cost an unprecedented $70 million to make,[40] would have had to be purchased twice by every single Dreamcast owner in order for Sega to turn a profit. The $70 million investment presumably included the budget for the resources for additional sequels. The Sega Saturn version included the plot of both the first and second games at the very least, and although the full extent may never be known, a significant portion of the budget quoted for Shenmue was used on resources for future chapters, and the characters, plot and environments/gameplay of at least the entire second game existed in rough form before the first game was released.[6][41] The game was the 4th best selling title on the Dreamcast and one of the six titles to sell over a million units worldwide.[42]Shenmue is consistently listed as one of several key Dreamcast titles (most of them Sega productions) that ensured the console enjoyed solid sales during the Christmas season of 2000.[citation needed]

At the Game Developer's Conference in 2011 Yu Suzuki stated that the $70 million cost for the development of Shenmue was actually an embellishment and that it only cost $47 million to develop and market.[43]

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but again if this is not enough the game released on dreamcast and sold more that a million units the second follow the same trend but after sega failure on the dreamcast they did not publish the game on North America and Microsoft publish it as an Xbox Exclusive on America. The sales were so bad that they did not publish the game on Japan on their console.

2 Shenmue II XB 2002 Adventure Microsoft Game Studios 0.22 0.08 0.00 0.01 0.32
3 Shenmue II DC 2001 Adventure Sega 0.00 0.00 0.15 0.00 0.15

this numbers do not include the dreamcast sales on PAL territories which were the most on the Shenmue franchise plus the American imports influated the numbers by thousands.

So am I well informed or should I go back to re educate myself on the Shenmue case. Ok now go back to your cave.





tonymarraffa said:
Nem said:

I think its likely they will release it on Xbox live and PSN, maybe Nintendo network aswell.
SEGA has been releasing several Saturn and Dreamcast classics on there (in HD). I am hoping they will eventually get to the shenmue's, Panzer dragoons saga's and Shining force 3's. Well maybe not shining force as it requires localisation if they do more than disc 1 (though its already been made by fans), but the other 2 have to find their way somehow.


Actually all three volumes were translated.


By fans? Yes. By SEGA? I dunno. Were they?

 

By the way for the other people posting the bad sales figures and all that... Shenmue, just like the Dreamcast was ahead of its time. The public would be alot more receptive of it today now that sandbox and RPG games are popular.