|Released||JP: August 5, 1999|
|November 10, 2018|
Fan translation: April 16, 2020
Unlike most game demos, What's Shenmue? features an original story.
Ryo Hazuki, the protagonist of the Shenmue series, chases former managing director of Sega, Hidekazu Yukawa, in order to discover more about Shenmue.
References in Shenmue
In Shenmue, Hidekazu Yukawa can be found if certain conditions are met.
Two Mr. Yukawa capsule toys can be won as a prize from the raffle at the Abe Store. Once Ryo obtains both and goes to Takara Sushi on the 9th of any month after 8 pm, Mr. Yukawa will be there. In the Japanese release, Ryo asks him about his identity before he runs away. In the Western releases, he just runs away.
On the day after Nozomi reveals her feelings about Ryo, if he goes to Bar Yokosuka after 11:00 pm, Mr. Yukawa will be there having a drink.
Mr. Yakawa can also be seen on battery boxes at the Tomato Convenience Store.
On March 19, 2014, a group of fans at the Shenmue fansite Shenmue Dojo translated What's Shenmue from its original Japanese and released an unofficial translation patch. The translations available are in English, Spanish, German, and Brazilian Portuguese.