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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 I heard of cat-fighting before, but this is ridiculous.
Shaq Fu SNES Select a fighter.
Shaq Fu SNES Matchup screen
Shaq Fu SNES Throwing a punch.

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User Reviews

Go shlock! ResidentHazard (3564) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
The only thing worse then Shaquille O'Neal's free throws... Lawnmower Man (149) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Players Nov, 1994 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 9 out of 12 75
Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 3 out of 6 60
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Nov, 1994 60 out of 100 60
Mega Fun Dec, 1994 55 out of 100 55
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Feb 22, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 20 out of 40 50
Entertainment Weekly Dec 16, 1994 D 25
The Video Game Critic Nov 21, 1999 F 0


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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.)
  • 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.)
Martin Smith (80322) added Shaq Fu (SNES) on Aug 28, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kohler 86 (7958), Opipeuter (17179) and Martin Smith (80322)