If you’re a dedicated gamer, you’ve likely heard of Shaq-Fu. A 2D fighting game originally for the Genesis and SNES that was released in 1994, the game stars basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and is widely seen as one of the worst video games ever developed. And now we have Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn was announced to be in development in 2014, when a crowdfunding page showed up on Indiegogo with the intent of funding the game’s development. It was a rousing success, managing to raise $473,884 out of the $450,000 that it originally asked for. The announcement made today for the game’s release date even came with a trailer, which showed off gameplay.
The announcement trailer comes after the game was funded, and then dropped off the face of the Earth for several years. The game was said to be nearly finished in 2016, but a concrete release date was never actually revealed, until now.
Weirdly enough, Shaq-Fu isn’t the only thing that Shaquille O’Neal has been in over the course of his career. He’s been in a number of movies, most notably Shazaam where he plays a rapping genie (yes, you read that right.) He’s also been in the original Shaq-Fu, of course, and even made an appearance as an unlockable character in Delta Force: Black Hawk Down.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn will be the most recent game that involves a famous basketball star, which has also had such games as “Barkley Shut Up And Jam”, “Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City” (a side-scrolling action game), and Slam City with Scottie Pippen.
It will likely only be the second weirdest game as well, especially considering that Barkley: Shut Up And Jam Gaiden (a freeware game where basketball is now illegal due to Charles Barkley destroying New York with a Chaos Dunk) exists.