We too wished to pay tribute to Mr. Yukawa, and thought we’d do it in one of the best ways the Junkyard is aware of how – by geeking out about Dreamcast video games! After all, what’s a greater technique to pay tribute to Yukawa than in addition up the console that he championed so mightily, and play one of many a number of video games he starred in? Here they’re:
Former Managing Director Yukawa’s Treasure Hunt
Let’s kick issues off with Yukawa’s very personal Dreamcast recreation. This easy recreation was launched completely in Japan close to the Dreamcast’s launch and was tied right into a short-running competitors. The recreation has you play as Yukawa himself, with the goal being to dig up numerous tiles to finish puzzles that make up pictures of Dreamcast-related memorabilia. During March twentieth 1999 and April eleventh 1999, gamers may submit their victories on-line to be entered right into a raffle to win real-life Dreamcast goodies, and even ¥10,000.
Shenmue and What’s Shenmue
What’s a greater recreation to comprise a cameo of the person that sought to unfold optimism concerning the Dreamcast than the sport that was touted to save lots of the console: Shenmue? Well, Yukawa makes a number of secret appearances in Shenmue, and a way more distinguished one within the promotional demo What’s Shenmue: Search for Yukawa (former) Senior Managing Director.
The first requires you to win two Yukawa capsule toys (considered one of him sporting a swimsuit, the opposite of him sporting a happi) within the Abe retailer raffle. Once you’ve got each, head to Takara Sushi after 8PM on the ninth day of any month to seek out Yukawa making sushi behind the bar. In Japanese variations of the sport, Ryo will ask him if he’s Yukawa-San, to which he’ll reply “oh no!” earlier than working off. In non-Japanese variations, he simply runs off with out both of them saying something.
This now brings us to What’s Shenmue, a promotional disc launched completely in Japan, that has you controlling Ryo as he searches for Yukawa round Dobuita. Once Ryo finds Yukawa, he’ll make a run for it (he actually does not like Ryo, huh?) which launches you right into a QTE occasion the place Ryo has to dodge a number of issues as he chases Yukawa via the streets. This chase ends within the You Arcade the place Ryo saves Yukawa from an attacker. This is adopted by a scene that has develop into fairly well-known amongst Dreamcast followers, the place Yukawa wakes up in a room stuffed with unsold Dreamcast inventory, realising the entire thing was a dream. He then notices a Shenmue poster on the wall and turns into stuffed with dedication to promote some darned Dreamcasts!
The DLC is mainly a treasure hunt that instances you as you search for six QUO playing cards in each Station Square and Mystic Ruins. But what relevance does this must Yukawa? Well, emblazoned upon these floating yellow collectables is his smiling face!
That is all of the Dreamcast video games we all know that comprise appearances from Yukawa, however allow us to if there are some other cases we might have missed. Do you personal any Yukawa memorabilia? Let us know within the feedback under!
Rest in Peace, Hidekazu Yukawa, 1945-2021.
Thank you for the whole lot!