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Shaq Fu

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
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Genesis
62
1.9
SNES
48
1.4
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shaq Fu Genesis You are knocked out...
Shaq Fu SNES But won the match.
Shaq Fu Game Boy So it begins..
Shaq Fu Game Boy The necromancer uses his shield

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User Reviews

Go shlock! SNES ResidentHazard (3236)
The only thing worse then Shaquille O'Neal's free throws... SNES Lawnmower Man (140)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Game Players SNES Nov, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 59 out of 100 59
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1995 58 out of 100 58
Sega Force Genesis Jun 20, 1995 57 out of 100 57
GamePro (US) Game Boy Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
GameCola.net SNES Feb, 2004 4.3 out of 10 43
All Game Guide SNES 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro SNES Jun 02, 2002 20 out of 100 20

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Trivia

Legacy

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.

References

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.

Awards

  • 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.)
  • Shaqfu.com (Shaqfu.com'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.)
Contributed to by Kohler 86 (7261), Opipeuter (16476) and Martin Smith (63159)