|Developer(s)||Delphine Software International|
|Release date||October 28, 1994|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two-player simultaneous, Tournament Mode|
|Age rating(s)||Ratings Missing|
|Platform(s)||SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, Amiga|
|Arcade system||Arcade System Missing|
|Media||Cartridge or 3½" floppy disk|
|Input||Game controller or keyboard|
|Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough|
Shaq Fu is a fighting game released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy game platforms on October 28, 1994. It was later ported to the Amiga platform, exclusively in Europe. The game was published by Electronic Arts and developed by the now-defunct Delphine Software. It features professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal as a playable character.
Story[edit | edit source]
In the game's storyline, Shaquille O'Neal wanders into a kung fu dojo while heading to a charity basketball game in Tokyo, Japan. There, he stumbles into another dimension, where he must rescue a young boy named Nezu from the evil mummy Sett-Ra.
Variations[edit | edit source]
The Sega Genesis version of Shaq Fu has 5 more playable characters(Auroch, Colonel, Diesel, Leotsu and Nezu) and 3 more stages(The Lab, The Wasteland, and Yasko Mines) than the Super NES version, reducing the length of the SNES story mode. The North/South Gate stage is accessible in the SNES version with a cheat code, whereas the Genesis version has the North/South Gate stage available from the start. The Amiga version is the same as the Genesis version, but the backgrounds have no animation. It also only has three songs; there is no music during the fights.
The Game Boy port has the same 7 characters as the Super NES version, whereas the Game Gear port only has 6 characters. Both the Game Boy and Game Gear versions have no tournament mode or in-game voices. Due to the Game Boy's monochrome screen, the Game Boy version is in black and white.
Reception[edit | edit source]
GameFAQs.com rated Shaq Fu #6 in their list of the Top 10 Worst Game Concepts, and #10 in the their list of Top 10 Most Underrated Mega Drive games. Gametrailers.com's rated it #4 Worst in their "Top Ten Best and Worst Video Games".
Despite the negative reception the game has received since its release, it was ranked the 199th best game out of 200 on NitroBlitz.com's "Top 200 Best Games of All Time" article.