'Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn' reaches funding goal of $450,000

by May 7, 9:33 PM

"Shaq-Fu" may have been among the worst video games of all time, but a sequel will now be hitting the shelves thanks to a successful fundraising campaign started by Shaquille O'Neal himself.

The 2D fighting game, which was released in 1994, saw O'Neal fight "Mortal Kombat"-like battles against evil mummies and voodoo priestesses in another dimension. Despite it being a complete train wreck of a game, O'Neal started a crowd-funded campaign on Indiegogo to create a sequel called "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" back in early March.

And thanks to one generous donor, who committed $35,000, the campaign finally hit its funding goal of $450,000 this week.

Sure Shaq could have easily funded the project himself, but he opened the doors to the public because he wanted "to take advantage of all available options" with his "big social following."

O'Neal also set out a list of prizes for those who made larger contributions, and the person who donated $35,000 will now have Shaq travel to a party of theirs and play a DJ set.

Developed by "Big Deez Productions," "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" will be released on PC, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, XBox One, and Wii U.

Feature photo courtesy of Kirby Lee / Reuters

Mar 6, 5:12 PM

Shaquille O'Neal looking to fund new 'Shaq-Fu' video game

by Mar 6, 5:12 PM

1994 was a big year for pop culture.

Movies like "Pulp Fiction" and "The Lion King" hit the theaters, Kurt Cobain tragically passed away, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, and O.J. Simpson's infamous car chase was watched on every television screen across North America.

Oh, and then there was the release of "Shaq-Fu," the 2D fighting game that is widely considered to be one of the worst video games of all time. If you've never played the game, it features Shaquille O'Neal stumbling into another dimension where he's forced to fight "Mortal Kombat"-like battles with evil mummies and voodoo priestesses. Think of it as the B movie of video games.

"I don't think it was the worst," O'Neal told the Associated Press. "When you talk about the worst, you've got to talk about sales. I actually sold a lot of games, but when I did the first 'Shaq-Fu,' that was at the end of analog right before digital came out. It wasn't a bad game. It wasn't a good game, but it wasn't awful."

Now, 20 years later, O'Neal is looking for redemption by launching a crowd-funding campaign to create a sequel entitled "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn." The four-time NBA champion has teamed up with "Big Deez Productions" to make it happen, and the game will feature Shaq "taking on hordes of enemies with hundreds of different moves, as well as melee weapons, in various levels."

So why is a multimillionaire like O'Neal asking for donations to make the video game happen?

"That's just the new way of doing business," O'Neal said. "I have a big social following, so everyone will have their hand in it. As a businessman, you have to take advantage of all available options."

Those who help fund the game will be eligible to receive some pretty awesome prizes. $15 gets you a copy of the game itself, $300 gets you admission to the "Shaq-Fu" release party, $600 gets you an outgoing voicemail message from O'Neal, and $15,000 gets you lunch and a pick-up basketball game at one of O'Neal's houses.

Unfortunately, the return of "Shaq-Fu" means nothing for the return of other past projects such as "Kazaam" or his rapping career.

"I'm way too old to be doing that, but I'm never too old to whoop some (expletive)," O'Neal said.