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''Shaq-Fu'' is a FightingGame released in 1994. It was developed by Creator/DelphineSoftwareInternational[[note]]yes, ''[[VideoGame/AnotherWorld that]]'' [[VideoGame/{{Flashback}} Delphine]][[/note]] and published by Creator/ElectronicArts. It was initially released for the UsefulNotes/{{SNES}} and UsefulNotes/{{Genesis}}, and was ported the next year to the UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameGear and UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}.

The plot is as follows: Long ago, in a parallel dimension known as the Second World, ruled a powerful sorcerer known as [[BigBad Sett Ra]]. Planning to conquer Earth, he created a loyal servant from his own shadow, [[TheDragon Beast]], who murdered the Pharaoh, allowing Sett Ra to take his place. The Pharaoh's son, however, was not deceived, and sought the help of a powerful group of wizards, who managed to banish Sett Ra back to the Second World, [[SealedEvilInACan weakened and imprisoned]]. A thousand years later, Beast finally managed to free his master from imprisonment ; to put an end to his banishment, Sett Ra must now perform a ritual upon the Pharaoh's descendant, a child by the name of Nezu.

On Earth, Shaquille O'Neal is doing some sightseeing in Tokyo, as he is to compete in a basketball game for a charity event later that night, when he decides to stop by a kung-fu dojo. Inside, he meets an old martial artist named Leotsu, who informs him that he is {{the Chosen One}} destined to defeat Sett Ra. Shaq thus enters a portal to the Second World, in the goal of defeating Sett's battalion of warriors and rescuing Nezu.

''Shaq-Fu'' is frequently seen in "Worst Games of All Time" lists, mainly because of a [[ExcusePlot ridiculous plot]] and a severe case of HitboxDissonance. WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd does a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7XIbwtMl4Y review]] on it in Part 2 of his "YetAnotherChristmasCarol" episode, and [[http://www.shaqfu.com there's even a website dedicated to finding all copies of the game and destroying them]] [[http://www.saveshaqfu.com/ And another dedicated to finding all copies of the game and saving them]].

An interview with Shaq himself at the 2014 CES show in Las Vegas has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEnoGGw8XPM&feature=youtu.be&t=1m48s has him confirm that a sequel known as Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is in the works.]] [[http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn Here's the link to the IndieGoGoPage,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfEqhmkatog and the first trailer here.]] HarsherInHindsight when [[https://youtu.be/aYFh59XFFeY?t=15m35s EventStatus revealed there was something suspicious about it...]] [[SubvertedTrope At least until a]] ''[[https://youtu.be/R2ZN_akgTMg for real trailer]]'' dropped in June 2017.

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!!The original game contains examples of :

* AdaptationExpansion: The UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version has more levels and characters. [[NoExportForYou This version was ported to the Amiga for Europe only]], though this version lacks the music.
* AllThereInTheManual: Most of the backstory concerning Sett Ra's imprisonment and plans to conquer Earth is only detailed inside the instructions booklet.
* AlternateDimension: The Second World.
%%* AlwaysNight: Diesel's Stage, the Yasko Mines.
%%* BareYourMidriff: Voodoo.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy:
** Kaori is forced to obey Sett Ra due to a mind-controlling enchanted ring.
** Sett Ra also hypnotized Nezu in order to force him to fight Shaq.
* BreathWeapon: One of Beast's special moves makes him spit fire.
* BrickJoke: When you defeat Beast, he says he'll travel through time to stop you. [[spoiler:In the ending, he shows up at the charity basketball game Shaq is supposed to play in.]]
* CatGirl: Kaori, who is the champion of an alien feline race.
* TheChosenOne: Shaq is stated by the game's backstory to be the Chosen One, the only person able to defeat Sett Ra.
%%* {{Cyborg}}: Colonel.
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes: Voodoo.
* TheDragon: Beast, to Sett Ra.
* DualWielding: Rajah fights using two swords.
* FakeDifficulty: The true enemy in this game are the controls. They make the game harder than it should be.
* HitboxDissonance: You basically need to hit the center of your opponents to do any damage.
* HyperactiveSprite: Shaq will not stop jogging in place.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Shaq's profile states that he is skilled in Shaquido, a martial art form that he created himself.
* NintendoHard: Most notable in the sense of its shoddy controls and hit detection.
* PlotHole: When Shaq faces [[FinalBoss Sett Ra]], he tells him to release Nezu, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia even though he himself freed him from Sett two fights ago]].
* ShockAndAwe: Memphis summons lightning as one of his special moves.
* TurnsRed: Fury mode increases your attack power and turns your character red when you take major damage during the fight.

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!!The sequel presents examples of:

* TheBusCameBack: Kaori is the first, and so far, only character from the original Shaq Fu [[https://www.facebook.com/ShaqFuALegendReborn/photos/a.627166060672312.1073741828.626591630729755/755216874533896/?type=1&permPage=1 confirmed to appear in the sequel.]]
* GenreShift: The original game is a 2D fighting game. The sequel is going to be a 3D beat-em-up.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: The rumors that a sequel to the game was being made. Surprised everyone when it turned out, that ''yes'', it was true.
* WeDontSuckAnymore: The second trailer pulls no punches with the original's infamous reputation, and promises that it will be better.

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