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Shaq Fu is a 2D fighting game initially released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo on October 28, 1994. It was ported to the Game Gear, Game Boy, and Amiga platforms in 1995. The game was published by Electronic Arts and developed by the now-defunct Delphine Software International. It features former professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (also known as Shaq) as a playable character. Shaq had no involvement in the game's creation other than lending his name.

Plot

In the game's storyline, Shaquille O'Neal walks into a dojo while heading to a charity basketball game in Tokyo, Japan. After speaking with Leotsu, a martial arts master, Shaq goes to another dimension, the Second World, where he must rescue a young boy named Nezu from the evil mummy Sett Ra.

Why it Sucks

  1. Dull sound effects.
  2. Terrible controls, especially when trying to execute a combo. The controls are also delayed somewhat.
  3. Unfair opponent AI, not helped by the aforementioned poor controls.
  4. NTSC versions of the game run much faster than the PAL ones, making them even worse to control.
  5. Jumping launches your character across the arena, making it hard to control your movement.
  6. The SNES version has less characters than the other versions.
  7. There is a product placement of Pepsi.
  8. Hard-to-swallow concept.
  9. Playing with strategy by using special moves with proper timing and strategy will cause you to easily get defeated but using a certain attack such as Shaquille O'Neal's stepping side kick repeatedly will allow you to easily defeat the enemy.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The game's graphics are very good, from the colorful backgrounds to the fluid sprite animations of the characters.
  2. The music is also very good as well.

Reception

Shaq Fu is generally considered to be one of the worst games of all time. The game was so infamous, there is actually a website called "Shaqfu.com" dedicated to "liberating it from existence" by finding and destroying as many copies as possible. The splash webpage has the startup sequence of the actual game. Another site, "Save Shaqfu", was created to save game's copies from being destroyed by Shaqfu.com.

A sequel is in development and its trailer even mocked how bad this game was. This game is free for Nintendo Switch users who owned NBA Playgrounds.

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