Shenmue I & II

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Shenmue I & II
Shenmue I & II cover
Original games Sega AM2
Remastered D3T
Microsoft Store Ultimatum Games
Release dates
Windows August 21, 2018
Metacritic 76
OpenCritic 73
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Brawler, Mini-games, Open world
Art styles Anime, Realistic
Themes China, Contemporary, Japan
Series Shenmue
Shenmue I & II on HowLongToBeat
Shenmue I & II on IGDB
Shenmue I & II guide on StrategyWiki
Shenmue I & II on MobyGames
Shenmue I & II on Wikipedia
Shenmue I & II 2018
Shenmue III 2019

Key points

Port of the Dreamcast version of Shenmue I and the Xbox version of Shenmue II, featuring an updated user interface and the option to switch between new and classic controls.[1]
A Japanese audio option is included for all regions.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
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Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\7904SEGAEuropeLtd.Shenmue-GamePass_zs7esxpzd8d5c\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\758330\remote\sm1saves\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/758330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\7904SEGAEuropeLtd.Shenmue-GamePass_zs7esxpzd8d5c\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\758330\remote\sm1saves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/758330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics options.
Graphics options.
Graphics options.
Graphics options.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are 4:3 pillarboxed.[1] Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.
Supported in patch 1.01.[2]
Supported in patch 1.01.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Cutscenes are 4:3 pillarboxed. Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use Special K.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, up to 2x SSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS.[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

16:9 Cutscenes[edit]

Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.

Does not remove pillarboxing in Shenmue 2.

Edit executables

Cutscenes are limited to 4:3 by default. By editing the game's executables, they can be forced to render in 16:9 instead. Multiple ways of doing this can be found here

Shenmue I and II - 16:9 Widescreen patch has fullscreen cutscenes without black bars support in Shenmue 2.

Input settings[edit]

Controls options.
Controls options.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options.
Audio options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music, Speech
Surround sound
Shenmue 1 is 3.0, Shenmue 2 is 5.0[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Use Special K and enable Mute on focus lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation, download. Only the first game is currently translated by this patch.
Fan translation, download 1 or 2.
Fan translation, download. Only the first game is currently translated by this patch.

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot get past the launcher[edit]

It is possible to bypass the launcher if it does not work properly (usually related to .NET Framework issues on the system).
Create a launcher bypass file[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open either the sm1 or sm2 subfolder, i.e. the binary folder of either game (which will include either Shenmue.exe or Shenmue2.exe).
  3. Create a blank text file within that folder called steam_appid.txt.
  4. In that text file, enter 758330 and then save the file.
  5. Create a shortcut to/run the game via the aforementioned Shenmue.exe or Shenmue2.exe.
  6. (Optional) Repeat for the other binary folder if required.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Shenmue I[edit]

Shenmue II[edit]

Shenmue I&II[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-560
AMD FX-4300
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6990
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The Microsoft Store version requires Windows 10 release 1903 (18362).


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/758330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (758330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.