Ah, who remembers the good old days when sports stars were full-blown celebrities? Sure, they’re still immensely popular nowadays, but I’m talking about when they starred in movies, television shows, and video games not even necessarily about sports to begin with. I still have a copy of Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City for Super Nintendo, and I’m sure I could find Kazaam if I dug around a bit.
Still, I never had the (mis)pleasure of owning Shaq Fu as a child. Of course, I’ve heard the horror stories about how it’s an unplayable, unbalanced mess of a fighting game. It’s so bad there’s even a website devoted to tracking down all copies of the game and destroying them. And yet, despite being frequently labeled as one of the worst games ever made, here we are 20 years later, with a sequel surpassing its $450,000 goal on IndieGoGo, titled Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn.
This time, instead of being a fighting game, it’s going to be a beat-em-up a la Streets of Rage. The visual style seems to use a lot of saturated neons and some cel-shaded flair, with remixes of classic Shaq songs being provided by electronic artist Steve Molitz.
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like they’re taking themselves too seriously on this project. I can’t contain how stoked I am, but I suppose only time will tell if this manages to be an engaging 90s-style romp or a shallow attempt to capitalize on nostalgia.