'Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn' On The Nintendo Switch, Confirms Dev

By Michael Augustin , Updated May 02, 2017 06:52 PM EDT
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In 2014, an Indiegogo project was introduced and surprisingly received around $485,000 in crowd-funding.
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In 2014, an Indiegogo project was introduced and surprisingly received around $485,000 in crowd-funding. The game was called "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" and was intended to launch for the PC and other platforms. A trailer was shared by Saber Interactive and Big Deez Productions during the Game Awards in 2015 was the last event where gamers saw or heard about the game. Just recently, the developers surprised gamers with an announcement that the game will have a Nintendo Switch version.

According to reports, Saber Interactive executive Matthew Karch had an interview with Nintendo Everything, and confirmed that "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, he also confirmed the developers are also busy with a "four-person co-op shooter" and a "new motorcross title" as well. Game Rant confirms that these two games are also slated to release for the Switch.

 

Meanwhile, analysts speculate that the Nintendo Switch release of "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" could mean that the Nintendo Wii U version has been scratched, reports Siliconera. However, upon checking the official website for the game, it still lists the game for several other platforms including the Wii U. It is apparent that Nintendo has already abandoned support for the Wii U and the developer's decision not to release the game on the platform would be understandable.

The original "Shaq-Fu" was a fighting game released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles back in 1994. Most publications apparently labeled it as a bizarre licensed video game at the time. It was reported that even Shaq considered the original game very bad, but "Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" is intended to deliver a different experience this time on other platforms as well as on the Nintendo Switch.

"Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn" is designed to be a side-scroller with co-op elements. The game will reportedly feature custom move sets and adaptive AI, along with destructible environments. Saber Interactive describes it as "'Streets of Rage' meets 'Street Fighter' meets 'Devil May Cry'". The release has not been announced but it is currently being developed for the PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

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