Shaq Fu, a 16-bit beat-em-up for the SNES and Sega Genesis, among other systems, released to a mixed response in 1994-1995. It has since gained the honorable accolade of being one of the worst games of all time. Its own publishing company have since apologized – sort of. All of this of course makes it a natural candidate for a reboot.
At the Game Awards on the 3rd December, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn was formally announced with the help of the legend himself, Shaquille O’Neal; it may not come as a surprise to all, however, as the game comes as the result of an Indiegogo campaign. It seems that even if your game goes down in the history books as a festering turd (perhaps BECAUSE the game stinks), there will be demand for it to be resurrected at some point. Reboot of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, anyone?
Thankfully, the new Fu not only pokes fun at its earlier incarnation, but looks like a huge improvement on the source material.
If the trailer is anything to go by, the game has been given a modern revamp (rather than sticking stubbornly with the 16 bit style, even though a more retro style has come back into fashion, particularly since the release of Shovel Knight). The ability to beat multiple on-screen characters to a pulp is also beefed up with some slapstick humor. Given that the trailer is highly stylized and has a quality backing track, we can perhaps also expect a quality soundtrack to the game, this being far removed from the paltry 3 tracks (none of these playing during combat) in the original game.
Excitement about the game is understandably quite high, given that Shaq’s fame has ballooned even further since the release of the original. Everything points towards this excitement being justified, as the trailer looks glossy, sharp and witty. Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn will probably be roundhouse kicking its way to you via Steam sometime next year; in the meantime, keep up to speed with the latest developments on Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn‘s very own Facebook page.