Shaq Fu

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Shaq Fu
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$69.9569.95[1] 728301
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£54.9954.99[3] E290SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
$39.9539.95[1] T-50038
ESRB: Teen

Shaq Fu is a video game developed by Delphine Software International and was released, among other systems, for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear. It is a fighting game which stars basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, who has accidentally been transported to "The Second World" and tasked with saving the land from a mythical sorcerer named Sett Ra.


Long ago and far away, in a place called The Second World, there ruled the heartless sorcerer Sett Ra. His hunger for power still gnawed at him even though his dominance over the Second World was unchallenged; he longed to extend his grasp to the fair First World, Earth.

Sett Ra's Plan was simple. He would destroy the Pharaoh of Egypt and usurp his throne. He created a perfect assassin from his own shadow who would serve him without question. This shadow became beast, the mightiest and most loyal of all Sett Ra's minions. Beast destroyed the Pharaoh, and the disguised Sett Ra soon sat upon his throne.

However, the Pharaoh son Ahmet was not deceived. He brazenly confronted the powerful sorcerer, threatening to reveal him. Sett Ra escaped from the palace to the Great Desert, where his grandfather, Leotsu the Wise, dwelt as a monk and hermit. Leotsu and Ahmet united with a coven of powerful wizards from the lands beyond Egypt, and their combined power was able to send Sett Ra back to the Second World, comatose and imprisoned within a rune-encrusted pyramid. He slumbered for a millennium, bound by the wrappings of a mummy. Beast roamed the Second World, dedicated to finding and releasing his dread master. Successful at last, Beast and Sett Ra vow to wreak havoc on those who stopped them before.They have gathered a battalion of formidable fighters to further this end.

To regain his full strength and to end his exile from the First World, Sett Ra must perform an ancient ritual upon a descendant of Ahmet. Beast has now returned from Earth with the child Nezu, a child in whose veins the royal blood runs pure. All is ready for the final cataclysmic battle-only the Chosen One can stop Sett Ra now. One who possesses strength, spirituality, courage, agility, intelligence, and unsurpassed skill in the martial arts. Where will the world find such a one? Only Shaq knows.


The Sega Mega Drive version is notable for including five more playable characters and three new stages (The Lab, The Wasteland, and Yasko Mines) than its Super Nintendo Entertainment System counterpart. Unfortunately the story mode is shorter than in the SNES version, but as a bonus, players can also walk down the stairs past Gargoyle's Peak to fight a blue version of Beast. The Amiga port was based on the Mega Drive port, but features less music and background animation has been removed.

The Sega Game Gear version only has six selectable characters, no tournament mode, and no in-game voices.

Basic Moves

  • Fast Kick: B
  • Power Kick: C
  • Fast Punch: Y
  • Power Punch: Z
  • Blocking: Hold Left to block high and mid-range attacks, or hold Down-left to block low attacks. Blocking Special Attacks will cause a minimal amount of damage to the blocker.
  • Shield: Pressing Down + A makes characters create a shield around them. The shield will block projectile attacks, but other attacks will go through.
  • Throw: Characters can throw when up close by pressing Left+A.
  • Taunt: Press X to taunt. Taunting will leave a character open to attack. It doesn't do anything.
  • Fury Bar: As a character takes damage, their Fury Bar will charge up. When it is full, the word "FURY" will appear on it and the character will deal slightly more damage for a while.
  • Dizzy: If a character is hit multiple times in a row without dealing any damage themselves, they risk being dizzied. When dizzy, a character will be stunned on the ground while stars rotate above them. Recover from a dizzy by pressing buttons rapidly.


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Auroch is a simple outlaw that fights for pleasure. He taunts anything that crosses his path. Auroch's stage is The Wasteland.

Height: 5'11
Weight: 456
Age: 170
Origin: 2nd World

Move list
Name Command Description
Boomerang Left Right+B Pulls out a boomerang from behind his back and tosses across the screen. He cannot move until the boomerang either hits his opponent, or reaches its farthest distance, and then returns.
Ball and Pain Right Down-right Down Down-left Left+C Pulls out a giant spiked ball and chain, then lashes out with it twice straight ahead.
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Created by Sett from his own shadow, Beast is the mightiest of Sett's servants. His stage is Dragon's Pass.

Height: 6'10
Weight: 410
Age: Eternal
Origin: Unknown

Move list
Name Command Description
Thermal Blast Down Down-left Left+B Spits out a large, close-ranged puff of flame.
Spitfire Down Down-right Right+B Spits out a fireball projectile that travels across the screen.
Sonic Roar Right Down-right Down Down-left Right+C Roars and the screen flashes, which will hit the opponent from any place on the screen.
Roar Down+X Roars. No damage, but an alternate taunt.
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A celestial champion. Battered, shattered, and almost dead, Colonel was found by Beast on an obscure battlefield, the sole survivor of a fierce struggle. His stage is The Lab.

Height: 6'4
Weight: 357
Age: 42
Origin: Bio Corp

Move list
Name Command Description
Heavy Metal Down Down-right Right Left+B Extends his arm, which opens up to reveal a gun. He then shoots rapidly across the screen.
Bionic Burst Down Down-right Right+B Punches twice straight forward with extending arms.
Missile Launch Down Down-left Left Right+A Launches a small missile out of his back, which homes in on his opponent.
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A longshoreman from the San Francisco docks, Diesel spends more time brawling than handling cargo. His stage is Yasko Mines.

Height: 6'1
Weight: 205
Age: 30
Origin: USA

Move list
Name Command Description
Dash Upper Down Down-right Right+B Dashes forward very quickly and uppercuts his opponent up close.
Crate Crusher Right Down Down-left Left+B Throws a volley of energy-charged punches in front of him at various angles.
Dockside Dagger Right Left+B Throws a small dagger projectile across the screen.
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Forced to obey Sett's will by the power of an enchanted ring, Kaori is the martial arts champion of an alien feline race. Her stage is Catwalk Falls.

Height: 5'3
Weight: 123
Age: 23
Origin: Cimotha

Move list
Name Command Description
Cat's Claw Down Down-left Left+B Slashes with her arms and sends a spiralling wave projectile across the screen.
Cyclone Down Down-left Left+C Spins into a cyclone and moves forward. Holding C will cause her to move forward until the move runs out. She will turn back to normal when she hits her opponent.
Energy Bomb Left Down-left Down Down-right Right+C Tosses a ball of energy at the ground a short ways in front of her, which creates an explosion.
Teleport Kick Left Down-left Down Down-right Right+B Vanishes in a puff of smoke, then appears over her opponent and drops onto them with a kick.
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Leotsu is the last grand master of an ancient martial art, one that remains a mystery to the other masters. His stage is North Gate.

Height: 5'4
Weight: 118
Age: 500
Origin: Far East

Move list
Name Command Description
Blast Kai Down Down-left Left Right+B Launches a ball of energy from his Bo across the screen.
Bo Kai Down Down-right Right+B Pulls out his Bo, then takes a quick jab forward with it.
Flash Kai Right Down Down-right Right+C Pulls out his Bo and the screen flashes, damaging his opponent from any location.
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Mephis is a mighty undead sorcerer who was once Sett's apprentice thousands of years ago. His stage is Gargoyle's Peak.

Height: 5'7
Weight: 165
Age: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

Move list
Name Command Description
Lightning Arc Left Down-left Down Down-right Right+C Raises his hands into the air, then a second later the screen will flash and a lightning bolt will hit his opponent from any place on the screen.
Lightning Jaws Down Down-right Right+B Tosses a snapping dragon head made of electricity across the screen.
Burning Touch Down Down-left Left+B Spins and tosses some powder into the air in front of him.
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Kidnapped by Beast to free Sett, Nezu is uncontrollable when angered. Although small, Nezu is agile, swift, and cunning. His stage is South Gate.

Height: 4'6
Weight: 77
Age: 12
Origin: Far East

Move list
Name Command Description
Time Vault Right Left Down+A Tosses a slow fireball forward. If it touches the opponent, it will make them unable to move for a bit.
Eno Blast Down Down-left Left Right+C Tosses a ball of energy at the ground, which remains there until the opponent steps on it, at which point it explodes. Nezu may only have one Eno Blast onscreen at a time.
Eno Flip Down Down-left Left+C Lays an Eno Blast on the ground and backflips twice. After he's finished his backflips, the Eno Blast will explode.
Eno Shot Left Down-left Down Down-right Right+B Tosses a fireball projectile across the screen.
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A young mystic and skilled swordsman, Rajah submitted to Sett's sorcery while exploring the netherplans with his spirit. His stage is Vagabond Temple.

Height: 5'11
Weight: 210
Age: 38
Origin: 2nd World

Move list
Name Command Description
Thunder Clap Right Down Down-right Right+B Pulls out both his scimitars and smacks them together in front of him causing the screen to flash.
Sword Shockwave Left Down Down-left Left+C Spins his scimitars and plants them into the ground, sending a wave projectile along the ground.
Scimitar Spiral Right Down-right Down Down-left Left+B Pulls out both his scimitars and attaches them handle-to-handle, then tosses them across the screen.
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An entity of ancient evil, Sett was defeated and entombed in another dimension ages ago. His stage is Tombstone Island.

Height: 6'10
Weight: 212
Age: 3000
Origin: Unknown

Move list
Name Command Description
Mummy Wrap Right Down-right Down Down-left Left+B Strikes forward with his arms, and extends a bunch of mummy wrapping for longer range.
Wedge Charge Right Down Down-right Right+A Quickly dashes straight across the screen to ram his opponent.
Cosmic Missile Down Down-left Left+C Blasts an energy bolt projectile across the screen.
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Shaq is a dominating force on and off the hoops court, rookie of the year, perennial all star and founder of Shaqido.. an extremely lethal martial art form.

Height: 7'1
Weight: 301
Age: 22
Origin: USA

Move list
Name Command Description
Inferno Kick Down Down-right Right+C Performs a high flaming roundhouse kick.
Shaq-urikin Right Left Right+A Tosses a spinning blade projectile across the screen.
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Many have fallen prey to Voodoo's ancient magic. She uses her power to hunt Sett's enemies. Her stage is The Forest.

Height: 5'8
Weight: 143
Age: 27
Origin: Haiti

Move list
Name Command Description
Eagle Claw Left Down-left Down Down-right Right+B Raises her hand and conjures an eagle onto it, which she tosses across the screen.
Voodoo Doll Down Down-left Left+C Pulls out a doll of her opponent and a knife as well. Pressing any attack button will make her stab the opponent and damage them from anywhere on the screen.
Earthquake Right Down Down-right Right+A Slams the ground with both hands and damages any opponent standing on it.


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The Wasteland
Auroch's stage

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Dragon's Pass
Beast's stage

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The Lab
Colonel's stage

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Yasko Mines
Diesel's stage

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Catwalk Falls
Kaori's stage

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North Gate
Leotsu's stage

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Gargoyle's Peak
Mephis's stage

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South Gate
Nezu's stage

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Vagabond Temple
Rajah's stage

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Tombstone Island
Sett's stage

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The Forest
Voodoo's stage



While initially pitched as a basketball game, Shaq Fu became a fighting game after talks with Shaquille O'Neal (a self-proclaimed fan of Mortal Kombat)[5].

Delphine acknowledged that they could not compete directly with Street Fighter II from a technical perspective, instead building a game that highlighted the team's strengths at computer animations[6]. The same rotoscoping techniques were used as in the earlier release, Flashback, where actors would be filmed against a blue screen, the frames would be digitised with the help of an SGI workstation, and artists would touch up the results using some of the roughly 7,000 original character sketches[6] as a base for defining characters[7].

Shaquille O'Neal plays himself in the game, though many sequences were directed by a kung-fu expert[7]. Other characters were filmed by movie stuntmen and women[7]. O'Neal also assisted with some of the dialogue[7].

Roughly 40 people worked on the project in total[7].


To promote the game's launch, Shaquille O'Neal released his second studio rap album, Shaq-Fu: Da Return. It peaked at #67 in the US the Billboard 200 chart, and #19 in Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Critical reception

Though it is often praised for its fluid animation and vibrant graphics, the game has been the subject of ridicule for its nonsensical plot and bad controls.


A website was created in order to destroy all the copies of the game in all plataforms. Shaq Fu Sequel Declaration of Opposition

A sequel, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, was announced in March 2014, and was released on June 5, 2018.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Project Manager: Paul Cuisset
  • Design Lead: Paul Cuisset
  • Lead Programmer: Thierry Gaerthner
  • Programmer: Arnaud Carre
  • Lead Graphic Artist: Thierry Levastre
  • Graphic Artist: Valerie Amghar, Stephane Aussel, Michele Bacque, Thierry Bansront, Gregory Beal, Eric Caron, Michaël Douaud, Laurent Dreno, Serge Fiedos, Herve Gaerthner, Elie Jamaa, Frederic Michel, Christophe Moyne, Olivier Nicolas, Fabrice Tete, Cecile Thomas, Jean-Marc Timert, Paul Tumelaire, Roman Vaidis
  • Music: Raphael Gesqua
  • Assistant Producers: Jeff Brown, William Schmitt, John Vilandre
  • Testing: Jeff Brown, Ryan Enslow, Chris McCall, Chip Probst, Matt Vella, John Vilandre, Michael Yasko
  • Executive Producer: Don Traeger
  • Producer: Jim Rushing
  • Associate Producer: Greg Suarez
  • Product Manager: Lisa Higgins
  • Documentation: Valerie Hanscom, Michael Humes
  • Package Direction: Nancy Fong
  • Package Design: 13th Floor, Dave Parmely
  • Stuntmen: Remi Canaple, Patrick Cauderlier, Abi Espanol, Marc Le Loeuff, Dany Rocca, Phil Vitt
  • Special Thanks: Leonard Armato, Tim Brengle, John Brooks, Lori Christensen, Jean Charles Meyrignac, Shaquille O'Neal, Management Plus, Sarah Smith, Dennis Tracey

Game Gear version

  • Shaq Fu Game Gear Was Converted by: Tiertex Ltd
  • Programmers: Donald Campbell, Dave Stead
  • Project Management: Dympna Forkin, Thierry Gaerthner
  • EA Management Team: Don Traeger, Jim Rushing, Greg Suarez, John Vilandre
  • Tiertex Testing: Gary Marshall, Lee Walker
  • EA Testing: Anji Mayfield, Heather Meigs
  • Original Graphics: Thierry Levastre for Delphine
  • Converted by: Kevin Knott at Tiertex
  • Music Originated by: Raphael Gesqua
  • Game Gear Music and Effects: John Prince
  • Special Thanks: Dany Boolauck, Lori Christensen, Paul Cuisset, Anne-Marie Joassim, Shaquille O'Neal, Management Plus, Sarah Smith, Dennis Tracey, Jean Charles Meyrignac
  • Product Management: Lisa Higgins

Magazine articles

Main article: Shaq Fu/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Shaq Fu/Promotional material.


Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 [3]
81 [8]
65 №64
76 №7, p14
90 [9]
76 №28, p28-29
79 [10]
40 [11]
69 №48, p156
76 №61, p64
75 №44, p10
60 [12]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
15 reviews
Mega Drive, US
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Shaq Fu MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US (Free CD)
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CD sleeve back
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (Free CD)
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Mega Drive, PT
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Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Publication Version Score
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Sega Game Gear
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1 review

Shaq Fu

Game Gear, US
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 499955f2
MD5 72b5848612f80d14bc51807f8c7e239e
SHA-1 1ad8cd54f8fe474da01d1baba98491411c4cedaf
3MB 1994-10 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 6fcb8ab0
MD5 ea608a53121d0c905dcfe6544248c275
SHA-1 bc9d0b0dc2b22b9530660f0a04b865492766c9d0
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)


Shaq Fu

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