All you Shaq Fu fanatics out there (The Shaq Fu-natics, as they like to be called) - it's time to rejoice. The maker of Shaq Fu, Shaquille O'Neal, has launched an IndieGogo campaign to fund a semi-sequel / remake titled Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.
While it's unclear how much of the original Shaq Fu flavor this will retain (no voodoo priestesses, as far as we can tell) it will definitely star Shaq (who's trying to cosplay a drawing a child made of what they think a bodybuilder looks like) and involves lots of Fu. Apparently it's going to be a brawler, in the style of Streets of Rage, as opposed to a fighting game, in the style of Shaq Fu.
So, actually, if you really liked Shaq Fu, this new Shaq Fu game probably isn't for you. Interesting decision by the developers.
At the very least, there are some PRETTY spectacular rewards for donors, including:
$1,000 - Shaq will follow you on Twitter for exactly one year. He makes no obligations to ever RT or Fav any of your terrible tweets though.
$6,500 - You get to work as a concept artist for the game! Yes, for paying over 6 thousand dollars, you get to do someone else's job for them, and there's no guarantee anyone will actually listen to any of your ideas.
- $25,000 - Go to Atlanta or Orlando and eat food with Shaq for exactly two hours. Topics of discussion can include: Shaq Fu, Kazaam 2: Return of Jafar, and Shaq's favorite underwater researcher, Shaq Cousteau.
- $35,000 - Watch a basketball game with Shaq. Also, pay for your own travel. AFTER YOU'VE PAID $35,000.
- And the most exciting number, $0 - You are in no way obligated to play Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.
The goal is a modest $450,000 - but if they get more than that, they'll expand the release to multiple platforms and add more content. Also, they'll just be REAL surprised.
"I'm Shaq Fu-ille O' Neal, and I do not want to be turned into an unsettling muscle monster with a tiny head and a crazy long neck. Please, someone help."
If you're looking for another weird ironic videogame semi-sequel starring a basketball star from the 90s, let us recommend Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.