The Shenmue III reveal triggered a huge spike in Dreamcast sales


Interest in first two games increases

Six months ago, if you wanted to buy a second hand copy of Shenmue or Shenmue II on eBay you could do so for in some cases as little as $15. The games seemingly kept low resale value online due to the second game ending on a pretty nasty cliffhanger narratively that had very little hope of ever being resolved.

With that in mind, it may not surprise you to learn that sales of second-hand Dreamcast consoles and the original pair of Shenmue games have seen a huge spike in demand since the announcement of Shenmue 3, resulting in a dramatic rise in the prices of the original games.

Reported by MCV, physical game retailers have seen demand balloon since E3.

We sold 20 Dreamcasts in the last week alone. All of sudden, people are asking where they can play the original two Shenmue games. The announcement of Shenmue III really piqued everyone’s interest.

Anecdotally, I’ve seen prices on eBay for Shenmue IIinflate from $15 up to upwards of $100 in just a matter of months.

So, have you recently picked up a Dreamcast and the first two Shenmue games? If so, how much did you end up spending?