Step aside, Majima and Kiryu, because a long-forgotten hero from Yakuza 5 might just be making a sneaky comeback in Yakuza: Like a Dragon! Prepare to have your minds blown, my fellow Yakuza enthusiasts, as we delve into an Easter egg that has set the fandom ablaze.
In the vast world of Infinite Wealth, there's a radio station known as After6Junction. It's a place where the airwaves hum with the sweet sounds of Japanese, leaving non-Japanese speakers in the dark. However, one intrepid player, as reported by VG247, took it upon themselves to translate the radio episodes. And what they discovered is truly intriguing.
Enter "S-Kun," a character referenced in one of the radio shows. Our brilliant translator believes that this enigmatic figure is none other than Tatsuo Shinada, one of Yakuza 5's playable protagonists. According to the show, "S-Kun" used a colossal mountain of debt to purchase a baseball bat and then miraculously paid off all the debt by using said bat to conquer the local batting center and scoop up all the prizes.
Now, let's take a moment to appreciate the significance of this revelation. Shinada's story revolves around his life as a former baseball star, and let's just say fate hasn't exactly been kind to him. But this passage about "S-Kun" wielding a baseball bat with finesse has sparked a glimmer of hope among fans that Shinada is being subtly alluded to on After6Junction.
"My boy, Shinada! He's alive!" exclaims one Reddit user, echoing the sentiments of countless Yakuza devotees who have come to adore Shinada since his last appearance in Yakuza 5. "Shinada being confirmed to still exist via a small side-content audio clip is actually insane," adds another, unable to contain their excitement.
Sadly, Shinada has been relegated to the history books, overshadowed by the continued adventures of protagonists like Kiryu, Saejima, Haruka, and Akiyama in subsequent Yakuza games. But perhaps this subtle nod to his existence will help bring closure to those who have been yearning for Shinada's triumphant return.
Let's not forget that Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Infinite Wealth stands tall as the best-reviewed title in the Yakuza series to date, despite the absence of our beloved Shinada. This is no small achievement, considering the immense popularity of Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami 2. It's a testament to the incredible work of RGG Studio in crafting an unforgettable gaming experience.
As we eagerly await further developments and hope for Shinada's glorious comeback, let us cherish the sheer brilliance of Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Infinite Wealth. Be sure to check out our full review of this epic RPG adventure from RGG Studio to see just how it captured our hearts.
Oh, the mysteries and surprises that await us in the world of Yakuza! Let us celebrate the heroes of the past, present, and future as they continue to shape the vibrant tapestry of this beloved series. Stay vigilant, my fellow fans, for the soul of Yakuza beats strong, and who knows what wonders lie ahead in the neon-lit streets of Kamurocho.