Shenmue II LE Bonus Materials FAQ v.1.0

By E. Watts (bannatum@netscape.net)
Created 9/8/01

This FAQ covers the parts of the Shenmue II Limited Edition that aren't
accessible through the game interface itself. So, it doesn't cover Shenmue II,
the Shenmue Collection, etc.

Index:
A. SHENMUE II GD-ROM OMAKE
I. Disc 1
II. Disc 2
III. Disc 3
IV. Disc 4
B. VIRTUA FIGHTER: HISTORY/VF4 GD-ROM
I. History
II. The Making of VF4
C. VIRTUA FIGHTER 4 PASSPORT GD-ROM
D. MISCELLANEOUS
E. LEGAL, ETC

A. SHENMUE II GD-ROM OMAKE

Each of the four Shenmue II GD-ROMs contains an Omake folder in its non-GD-ROM
area. You can access these folders by placing the discs in your CD-ROM drive,
double clicking the disc that appears on your desktop, and finding the folder
entitled "OMAKE" in the open window. Note the disc to open is the data disc,
entitled something like "SHENMUE2_DISC1", and not the audio CD entitled
something like "Audio CD 7". See  D. MISCELLANEOUS for more information on the
audio.
Once you open the OMAKE folder, you can either double click the file entitled
"INDEX.HTML" and navigate using an interface on a web browser, or you can open
further folders within the Omake folder to directly access files. I suggest
using a web browser unless you want to do something specific like watch a movie
in a different size than default.
The html pages you can access are largely apparently in Japanese, since text
displays in the same way that the text of Japanese web pages appears on my
computer (which doesn't have the Japanese language kit installed on it). It's
not really a problem; there is some English visible, links have Roman character
titles, and there just aren't all that many links so trial and error doesn't
eat up much time. And now you've got this guide.
Note that there is a nice GIF of simplified dragons and phoenix's used as web
page backgrounds on the pages here that works well as a tiled background on a
computer screen.

I. Disc 1
This index page is entitled Shenmue Goodies 2.
It contains four sub-pages, each with a bunch of images of people within the
game. The brief character animations are like those you could win and then
download from the first Shenmue onto  your VMU. I recognize several characters
from what I've played of the main game so far, like the biker girl Joy, some
guy you work lifting crates with, and the little thieving jerk Wong. The
animated GIFs of these in-game characters are occasionally amusing.

II. Disc 2
This index page is called something in Japanese, but the indications from links
are that it's called the "Character Page."
It contains 9 sub-pages, containing concept or fan art of major characters.
Ryo, Ling Sha Hua/Shenhua Rei, (Syu) (temple girl), Joy, (Kun)(pigtail girl),
Wuying Ren (gang guy), Souryu/Lan Di, (Kis)(master Chen's son), and Wong.

III. Disc 3
This index page is called something in Japanese, but the indications from links
are that it's called the "Shenmue CG Illustration" page.
It contains 10 sub-pages, each with a CG still from either the first or second
Shenmue. Under the displayed JPEG is a link to a higher quality version of the
JPEG suitable as a background photo for a computer which has been zipped.
The images are:
1. Ryo and Nozomi on the bike from the first game.
2. Nozomi (I think) with a gift in a brightly lit garden.
3. The Great Chai from the first game.
4. (temple girl)
5. Ryo's father
6. Lan Di/Souryu
7. Ryo and Ling Sha Hua/Shenhua Rei
8. Ryo and Joy
9. Ryo and pigtail girl
10. A different picture of Ryo and pigtail girl


IV. Disc 4
This index page is entitled "Special Movie."
Strange, since there are two movies, both of the preview demo type. Perhaps one
of them isn't considered special.
Put the second movie first and run them together and you have the demo from the
GD-ROM (number 12) that came with Dorimaga 6/22/01.
The weakest of the Omakes, since its main content has been recently separately
available.


B. VIRTUA FIGHTER: HISTORY/VF4 GD-ROM
This disc is divided into two sections; the first is a history of the VF
series, the second is some info on VF4 (misnamed since there's really nothing
about the making of VF4 contained within it).
This disc is almost entirely in English; the only exceptions are some in-game
text and speech within movies, and some "How To Play" materials for VF4.
The case is clear and has no insert in front or back.
The disc has no computer accessible omake.

I. History

There are four games represented here; Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua
Fighter 3 and Virtua Fighter Kids.
Each has two areas; movies and music.
The movies range from test animation to in-game fighting in VF3tb.
If you let the game sit in movie mode with no movie playing and not touching
the controls, after a time VFKids Pai in her red outfit appears, moves from
left to right three times, then jumps before repeating the whole thing
indefinitely.
The music section runs images while the many songs play. It is similar to the
Virtua Fighter CG Portrait series on Saturn, although it is not full screen,
the images have no camera movement at all, the images do not appear to be from
the CG Portrait series, and the music from the CG Portrait Series is not
present (based on my checking the Lau Chan CG Portrait entry against this
History GD-ROM; feel free to give me others from the series and I'll double
check them too...) . Many images are often repeated for different songs.

Note: odd capitalization is in the game, as are apparent errors like "Another
Costumes" and "Inpudence".

Virtua Fighter
Movie:
V.F. History
PROTOTYPE
OPENING LOOP
Into the Game

Music:
Opening
Game Start
JACKY
JEFFRY
SARAH
KAGE
PAI
WOLF
LAU
AKIRA
GAME OVER
Name Entry
Ending

Virtua Fighter 2
Movie:
Texture Mapping
OPENING LOOP
Into the Game
SEGASATURN

Music:
Destiny
Virtua Fighter2
With a clenched fist
BLACK CAT MOON
The Hermit
Hong Kong Beauty
YOUNG KNIGHT
Ruler of the Seven Seas
Ninja ~ A Secret ~
ESCAPE
Song of the Hero
Ride the Tiger
Mutation
CHICAGO
JACKY~VF2 MIX~
SARAH~VF2 MIX~
Afterimage
Longing

Virtua Fighter 3
Movie:
Motion Capture
MODEL3
Image of V.F.3
Motion Test
Another Costumes
OPENING LOOP
Into the Game
3tb OPENING LOOP
Into the Game 3tb

Music:
Rowdy
Virtua Fighter 3
Next Challenger
Keen Head
Tedium
Whisper Dance
Coral Groove
Underground
BATTLE IN THE CAVE
Hiding
Open the Deadgate
Hermit in Hong Kong
Raging Wind
Ancient Times
On the Circle
The Hall
Tender Steel
Afterimage 2
Tell Me Your Memories
Game Over
Stage Clear
Go For the Next Level
Modesty
Inpudence
The Killer Mantis
Brandished Fist
Persevering
Cool Bell
Falling Tears
For You...

Virtua Fighter Kids
Movie:
OPENING LOOP
Into the Game
AKIRA'S Ending
JACKY'S Ending
SARAH'S Ending
WOLF'S Ending
JEFFRY'S Ending
LAU'S Ending
PAI'S Ending
LION'S Ending
KAGE'S Ending
SHUN'S Ending
DURAL'S Ending

Music:
We are VF KIDS.
Virtua Fighter 2
With a clenched fist
BLACK CAT MOON
The Hermit
Hong Kong Beauty
YOUNG KNIGHT
Ruler of the Seven Seas
Ninja~A Secret~
ESCAPE
Song of the Hero
Ride the Tiger
CHICAGO
Mutation
Longing (VFK ver.)
OPENING
Afterimage (VFK. ver.)

II. The making of VF4

Character
Each entry has a few CG images and a few drawings. Except Dural which only has
two pictures.

Akira
Jacky
Sarah
Lau
Pai
Kage
Wolf
Jeffry
Lion
Shun
Aoi
Lei-Fei
Vanessa
Dural

Movie
Same deal as in History. The VFKids Pai thing is here, too.

Ignite Your Heart
Vanessa
Lei-Fei
OPENING LOOP A
OPENING LOOP B
Into the Game

Information
Mostly how to play sheets, and a message from Yu Suzuki.

C. VIRTUA FIGHTER 4 PASSPORT GD-ROM
Freakishly, this GD-ROM does not display properly on a normal TV using DC-X on
a US DC. It displays just fine on a VGA monitor, however.  This is opposite to
Shenmue II, which has trouble on the VGA monitor but not the TV.
The case is clear and has a back insert with lots of instructions in Japanese.
The disc has no computer accessible omake.

On start up, you have two options: VF.NET and something in Japanese.

VFNET option:
First option seems to cancel.
Second option: Displays a random armor type items when dialing. I've seen a
pink item and a bandanna while dialing, and I think the back of the bear from
Fighting Vipers and Fighters Megamix, among other things.
Apparently it does not authenticate. I think you need to buy a license...
Then it disconnects.

Japanese text below VFNET option:
After choosing this option, the displayed text includes at top: "Buy VF.Net
License"
Hit A.
Question mark screen: choose left
Get a message box including dial in number and what looks like a cancel button
If you don't press it, you get a happy tone once you dial in and connect and
authenticate using the settings you've put in for web connections using normal
US browser software.
Then there's an exclamation point screen with OK button if you accept, or an
error page if you don't.
Now you can access the official VF4 website directly. It's mostly in Japanese,
but there's some stats on the fighters.
You can also access the AM2 site (www.sega-am2.co.jp) through which you can get
to www.shenmue.com. No direct link to the Shenmue site, oddly enough.
You can also get to anything you want since it now works like a normal browser
(hit the left trigger and choose the button it opens to get an URL entry
field).



D. MISCELLANEOUS
I. Warning audio
Each Shenmue GD-ROM has a different voice actor reading the warning that this
is a game disc. Presumably these are actors from the game, but they sound
different through my computer speakers. Disc 1 has a somewhat energetic young
female voice, Disc 2 has a young adult male voice, Disc 3 has a more mature
adult male voice, Disc 4 has a more surly young female voice. The Two Virtua
Fighter GD-ROMs have identical audio tracks, a young female voice which is not
a voice from Shenmue II GD-ROM 1 or 4.
II. Slip Cover
These six discs in their three containers are all held together by a thin
cardboard slipcase similar to the cover artwork on the game itself. It is
dominantly a light yellow tan, has the same Ling Sha Hua/Shenhua Rei image
looming large in the background that the main game cover has, and apparently
the same Ryo and Wuying Ren images, except they are negative flipped while each
retaining their relative positions. The slipcover also has Joy and the temple
girl flanking Ryo and Wuying Ren.
Collectively, the package is massive.

E. LEGAL, ETC

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