|Discs||3 + 1 Passport disc|
|Release dates (DC)||JPN December 29th 1999|
US November 7th 2000
EU December 1st 2000
|Release dates (PC/PS4/Xbox One)||2018 (Shenmue I & II)|
 The Game
The first game in the series covers 3 discs and tells the first chapter of an originally suggested 16 chapters. The game takes place entirely in Yokosuka, Japan. Special editions of the game in Japan also came with the Shenmue Jukebox audio CD.
 Passport Disc
The game also came with an additional "Passport disc" which had several online features which, as of April 1st 2002, have been discontinued. The features included being able to trade [Winning Can|winning cans]] and prizes for special toy capsules that could only be obtained in this method, adding your high scores from the mini games onto a worldwide leaderboard and receiving gameplay hints from Nozomi.
Offline the disc can still be used to view all cutscenes seen and music heard so far on your gamesave. Also there were extra movies with either Ryo, Nozomi, Shenhua, Chai, Xiuying Hong, Mark and Keizo Oishi explaining different gameplay aspects.
 Plot Summary
On November 29th 1986, in a small town called Yamanose in Yokosuka, Japan, a mysterious man named LanDi arrives at the Hazuki Dojo. He demands that Iwao Hazuki hand over a mirror and accuses him of killing a man named Sunming Zhao, then kills Iwao, taking with him a mirror with a Dragon design. Iwao's son, Ryo, takes it upon himself to avenge his father's death and uncover the mysteries as to why he was killed, and what was so important about the Dragon Mirror.
With the help of Ryo's friends and people working in the nearby town Ryo is able to narrow down his search to the New Yokosuka Harbour District in Amihama. After receiving a letter addressed to his father in Chinese from a man named Yuandha Zhu, Ryo comes into contact with a man named Master Chen, and his son Guizhang. It's from him that Ryo learns of the existence of a second mirror which he later finds hidden in a secret basement of the Hazuki Dojo.
Still eager to find LanDi, Ryo gets a job working at the harbour as he hears a notorious gang called the Mad Angels operates in that area and are involved in Chinese black market deals. Ryo is certain that if he can make contact with this gang he can then learn more about LanDi's current location. Soon enough, he comes into contact with the gang and it's leader, Terry, although at the expense of putting Nozomi at risk. Terry and Ryo make a deal that if Ryo injures Guizhang enough to keep him out of their way, they will take Ryo to LanDi. Ryo agrees but doesn't intend to harm Guizhang, instead he explains his idea and tries to get him to feign defeat, but Terry takes advantage of the situation by trying to kill them both. Ryo and Guizhang are then forced to go up against the entire Mad Angels gang and eventually learn that LanDi has already left Japan for Hong Kong.
Ryo is still intent on pursuing LanDi and getting to Hong Kong so Master Chen offers his help. Whilst he does not know of Yuandha Zhu's whereabouts Master Chen gives Ryo the address of Lishao Tao, someone in Hong Kong he says can be trusted. Guizhang was also to accompany Ryo to Hong Kong but was injured at the last moment in a fight with Chai and is forced to wait behind until he heals. Ryo then heads out to Hong Kong alone...
 Pre-release and Special Editions
 Project Berkley
Project Berkley is the name of the Shenmue project before it became what it is today and was originally being developed as a Virtua Fighter RPG game.
 SEGA Saturn Shenmue
SEGA Saturn Shenmue is the first version of the game, originally developed for the SEGA Saturn before development was shifted to the Dreamcast.
 What's Shenmue
What's Shenmue is a demo version of the game released in Japan only which included a limited version of Dobuita to explore.
 US Shenmue
US Shenmue is a Japan only version of the game which featured the English version of the game with Japanese subtitles.
 Shenmue I & III
For the Steam, Playstation 4, and Xbox One re-release of the game trophies/achievements were added.
|Name||Description||Image||PS4 Score||Xbox One Score||Solution|
|Full Cabinet||Earn all the trophies. Well done!||Platinum||N/A||Unlocked once all of the other trophies have been unlocked. For PS4 versions of the game only.|
|Needle In A Haystack||Find Charlie in the tattoo parlor in Dobuita||Silver||40||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for finding Charlie Grant at the Tattoo Parlor in Dobuita.|
|Mirror, Mirror||Get the letter from Yuanda Zhu translated in Dobuita||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for taking the Letter To Father to Xiuyu Xia at Russiya China Shop in Dobuita.|
|One Step Closer||Reach New Yokosuka Harbor||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for reaching the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Break And Enter||Get into Warehouse 8 and meet Master Chen||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for meeting Master Chen in Warehouse No. 8 in the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Stab In The Dark||Find the Phoenix Mirror in the Hazuki Basement||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for finding the Phoenix Mirror in the basement of the Hazuki Dojo in Yamanose.|
|Gainful Employment||Get a job at the Harbor||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for getting a job at the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Fallen Angels||Rescue Nozomi from the Mad Angels||Silver||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for rescuing Nozomi from the Mad Angels at the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Sore Knuckles||Beat the 70 Man Battle||Gold||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for completing the 70 man battle against the Mad Angels in the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Stay Down!||Beat Chai in the Harbor||Gold||50||Unlocked during the natural progression of the story for beating Chai in the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Next Stop Hong Kong||Complete the game||Gold||50||Unlocked for completing the game.|
|Appropriate Response||Call the police at the beginning of the game||Silver||30||Unlocked for dialling 110 for the police on the telephone at the start of the game. There is a telephone in the entrance hall of the Hazuki Residence in Yamanose.|
|Simpler Times||Find the flashback in the Yard||Silver||30||Unlocked for viewing the flashback in the Hazuki Residence garden. This is activated by looking up at the cherry tree beside the Hazuki Dojo.|
|Yummy Meal||Find the flashback in the Kitchen||Silver||30||Unlocked for viewing the flashback in the Hazuki Residence kitchen. This is activated by looking at the table in the kitchen.|
|Treasure Your Friends||Find the flashback in the Dojo||Silver||30||Unlocked for viewing the flashback in the Hazuki Dojo. This is activated by looking at the Principles of Yin and Yang framed scroll which is hanging up high on the dojo wall.|
|Practice Makes Perfect||Practise your Kung Fu in the Dojo with Fuku-san||Silver||30||Unlocked for sparring with Fuku-san in the Hazuki Dojo. He can be found in the dojo on most mornings and this event can be triggered the morning after finding Charlie at the Tattoo Parlor.|
|Boy Scout||Help the old lady in Sakuragaoka find a specific house||Silver||30||Unlocked for helping Kame Shibukawa find the Yamamoto house in Sakuragaoka. This must be done near the beginning of the game or Kame will disappear.|
|Freeloader||Buy a soda for thirsty Wang Guang Ji||Silver||30||Unlocked for buying a drink for Guangji Wang from the vending machines in Dobuita. If Guangji is standing beside one of the vending machines looking at it then talking to him will activate the scene where Ryo can buy him a drink.|
|What's It Worth?||Take the Phoenix Mirror to the two antique shops in Dobuita||Silver||30||Unlocked for showing the Phoenix Mirror to Xiuyu Xia at Russiya China Shop and Keizo Oishi at Bunkado Antiques in Dobuita.|
|Cat Burglar||Find Megumi's kitten when it goes missing||Silver||50||Unlocked for finding the kitten in Yamanose after talking to Megumi Mishima at the Yamanose Shrine who tells Ryo later in the game that the kitten has gone missing. After agreeing to find the kitten, she can be found by the bicycle by the side of the Yoshioka household.|
|Hot Dog Moves||Learn a move from Tom at the hot dog stand||Silver||30||Unlocked for learning the Tornado Kick from Tom Johnson at Tom's Hot Dogs in the New Yokosuka Harbour District. This scene is unlocked after Ryo has been fired from his job at the harbour if he visit's Tom's hot dog stand at during the lunch break (12pm-2pm).|
|Mark's Favorite||Win a forklift race||Gold||50||Unlocked for coming first in the forklift races before starting the working day at the New Yokosuka Harbour District.|
|Unexpected Visit||Visit the fortune teller||Silver||30||Unlocked for having Ryo's fortune read by Natsumi Sakuragi at Lapis Fortune Teller in Dobuita.|
|To Be This Good Takes Ages||Play Hang-On or Space Harrier||Bronze||20||Unlocked for playing either Hang On or Space Harrier at You Arcade in Dobuita.|
|Gacha Catcha||Find your first collectable toy||Bronze||10||Unlocked for finding one Toy Capsule.|
|Gacha Catcha II||Collect 25 Capsule toys||Bronze||20||Unlocked for finding 25 Toy Capsules.|
|Gacha Catcha III||Collect 50 Capsule toys||Bronze||30||Unlocked for finding 50 Toy Capsules.|
|I Know Kung Fu||Learn a combat move||Bronze||10||Unlocked for learning one new move. New moves can be taught by people Ryo meets, or they can be found in move scrolls.|
|I Know More Kung Fu||Learn 5 combat moves||Bronze||20||Unlocked for learning 5 new moves. New moves can be taught by people Ryo meets, or they can be found in move scrolls.|