If crowd-funding games doesn't seem like a very good idea to you, then you're probably fuming over this bit of news, because Shaquille O'Neal's Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has been fully funded thanks to the hard work and money from fans of the original 16-bit fighting game.
Nintendo News is reporting that the 60 campaign for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has come to a close with more than $473,000 in total funds pledged.
What started as some sort of public joke seemed to turn into something very real.
Basically, A Legend Reborn is a pseudo-sequel to the terrible fighting game from several generations ago that left a very vile taste in the mouths of gamers.
You're probably wondering what made Shaq Fu so bad back in the day, but it seems like there's too much to say and not enough time. But, I'll make time: The controls were horrible, the fights were uneven, and most of the baddies were cheap with their attacks. In result, it made the game more frustration than fun. Oh, but don't just take my word for it, check it out in the gameplay video below.
Sluggish controls and poor form were the bane of the game's existence, and Shaq and the rest of the crew at Big Deez hope to refine and fix some of the problems of old while introducing gamers to something new and sexy with today's technological advancements.
As mentioned on the IndieGogo page...
“We are gamers, not executives. We know what’s good and we know what stinks. This isn’t about trying to make a quick buck, it’s about creating something that both we and Shaq can be proud of. We want to make a slick, fun, rock-solid game.”
There's no way to know for sure if they can make a fully functional, high-end console game for $473,000, especially when we have no idea what the game will actually look like in a playable form (tech demos are always a lot easier to produce and fancy looking to the naked eye, but they're far from something mechanically adept.)
As a new-school beat 'em up title for today's generation of gamers, it's hard to know if this Shaq Fu will turn out like The Warriors or closer to Final Fight: Streetwise... or worse yet, Beatdown.
For now, we do know that Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is coming to home consoles, from the little Wii U that could, to the Xbox One and its welfare resolution, to the meaty, beefy, prime-time leader of the eighth gen console race, the PS4. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official IndieGoGo