Street Fighter easter egg uncovered in original Shenmue game after nearly two decades of elusion

DP like it's 1999

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 18, 2019 at 4:29 a.m. PDT

It was in December of 1999 that action-adventure title Shenmue launched on the Sega Dreamcast, but only here in 2019 have fans finally figured out how to unlock a secret cut scene that pays homage to the Street Fighter franchise.

Discovered by a modder named "nullpo," the easter egg sees the game's protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, pull off a Shin Shoryuken on another character during a quick time event scene. Why did this take 20 years for fans to figure out? Probably because it's impossible to pull off without first doing some tweaking to the game's binary.

As reported by Phantom River Stone, developers at Sega AM2 planned to slip this in as an homage to Street Fighter 3, which had come out two years earlier. Director, Yu Suzuki, ultimately decided to put the kibosh on the addition, but the team didn't get rid of it altogether.

Instead they simply made it impossible to pull off as enabling the cut scene requires the player to press two quarter circle forward inputs (which takes a total of six frames to do) in a three frame window. By modding Shenmue nullpo was able to extract this hidden gem out of the nearly 20 year old title.

How would one even know to look for such an easter egg? A former AM2 developer shared the information in a Gamecast Discord chat back in 2018, but did not discuss the aforementioned three frame window. It took about a year, but the hack is finally out in the open.

You can see the scene in action via the video below. There's even more to the story awaiting in Phantom River Stone's write up (linked above) so be sure to check them out once you've viewed the Shin Shoryu here.

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