Shaq Fu

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While en route to a charity game in Tokyo, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal (called "Shaq" for short) is drawn into an alternate dimension by a local man who believes only Shaq can save his grandson. Once there, he must fight a succession of 11 opponents, one at a time, with gameplay resembling Street Fighter 2 or Mortal Kombat.

The game's graphics used similar rotoscoping techniques (similar to those used in Flashback or Prince of Persia) making Shaq's 7'2" frame is represented. As well as the story mode, the player can play individual fights, either with 1 or 2 players, although one human player must always be Shaq. Shaq can jump a huge distance, although he struggles to block.


Shaq Fu SNES Start of a fight
Shaq Fu SNES Map screen
Shaq Fu Game Boy It was well worth it.
Shaq Fu Genesis The little guy is called Leotsu... maybe it is Laozi, the great Chinese philosopher?

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Critic Reviews

Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Game Players SNES Nov, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Defunct Games Genesis Feb 21, 2013 B- 67
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 59 out of 100 59
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1995 58 out of 100 58
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1994 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Entertainment Weekly SNES Dec 16, 1994 D 25
Just Games Retro SNES Jun 02, 2002 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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There exists an internet site which purpose it is to collect and destroy every cartridge of the game. Funnily enough, there is also a website dedicated to saving remaining copies. Both of them can be found in the related links section.


In the story mode of the SEGA Genesis version, you can travel to Yasko Mines named after the lead tester Michael Yasko.

Version differences

Oddly enough, the SNES version of this game had five less characters than the Genesis version: Leotsu, Nezu, Auroch, Colonel and Diesel are not in the game.


  • VideoGames Magazine
    • March 1995 - One of the Worst Ten Games of 1994
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Michael Yasko and YYP

Related Web Sites

  • Save Shaq Fu (Site to prevent the destroying of Shaq Fu cartridges.)
  • ('s mission is to LIBERATE all the copies of Shaq-Fu from existence.)
  • Video review of games (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, in a parody of 'A Christmas Carol', reviews some games, including Shaq-Fu on SNES.)
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