Let’s be honest. Most people either love or hate the game Shaq-Fu, an SNES (and Mega Drive/Genesis) fighter from 1994, which featured Shaquille O’Neal. While most people state it is one of the worst games of all time, it has also become somewhat of a cult-classic. You may have thought the Fu of Shaq was all but dead, yet there is a select number of people, including Shaq, himself, who want to try it again. Enter Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. So, who are the geniuses behind this sequel? It’s a company called Big Deez Productions.
“We are Big Deez Productions, a team of video game industry professionals that comes from legendary projects like HALO, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Alan Wake, Spec Ops: The Line, Battlefield, Killzone, Max Payne, Duke Nukem, and many other huge franchises.”
“We are in partnership with the man, Shaquille O’Neal, an avid gamer himself. We got tired of bowing to the monolithic men with the money and wanted to work with people who care about the quality of the product. We are people with passion that intend to make solid, addictive, kick ass games, without a whiff of BS. And who are our big executive partners in this effort…? YOU! Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, is where it all begins.”
Big Deez has went to Indiegogo to fund this project. They are looking for $450,000 to make the project happen on PC. However, if they reach their stretch goal of $960,000, Shaq-Fu will come to the Nintendo 3DS. If they reach $1,080,000, it will also come to Wii U! So, if you want Shaq-Fu to return and be playable on Nintendo systems, do your part and donate to this project. If you do donate, not only will you make the game possible, but you can also get some great rewards, including signed jerseys, Beta access, soundtracks, t-shirts, contact from Shaq, or even creating some aspect of the game. It is also important to note that they are giving a portion of the proceeds away to a worthy cause. “Upon decree of the Big Diesel: 5% of all profits from the game go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America!”
So, if you want Shaq to rebound, go pledge today. The campaign ends on April 20, 2014.
Recently, Shaquille O’Neal stopped by the Indiegogo Tech Cafe at South by Southwest to play the original Shaq-Fu and to talk about the campaign.