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
Non-Sega versions

Shaq Fu is a Sega Mega Drive fighting game developed by Delphine Software International and published by Electronic Arts. Endorsed by and starring American professional basketball star Shaquille O'Neal (also known as Shaq), it was first released in the United States and Europe in October 1994, and also saw an American-exclusive Sega Game Gear port the following year courtesy of Tiertex.

Shaq Fu is most notable both for its extensive use of Delphine's distinctive rotoscoping techniques for visibly-fluid fighter animations, and for its unfortunate modern reputation as one of the worst video games ever released. Unlike other games which legitimately deserve the title, Shaq Fu is instead a victim of other factors: the novelty of its seemingly-bizarre premise, its strikingly-campy kung fu film-inspired title, and most importantly, that it stars a recognizable and humorous celebrity personality in a fighting game. In recent years, Shaq Fu has since seen a critical re-evaluation as a fairly standard fighting game with smooth animations and competent gameplay.[5][6]


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.


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


Shaq Fu: Stand and Deliver

Specifically-marked copies of the game included the promotional single Shaq Fu: Stand and Deliver.
Main article: Shaq Fu: Stand and Deliver.

Included for free with specific copies of Shaq Fu was a CD single performed by Shaquille O'Neal, Shaq Fu: Stand and Deliver. Containing the rap song Stand and Deliver, the CD came enclosed in a small cardboard sleeve which fit inside the main box, and was also available for mail order directly from the publisher itself.


Compared to the original Mega Drive version, the handheld Game Gear port features a selection of only six playable characters, and lacks both the original game's tournament mode and its digitized voice samples.

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
In-game credits
Shaq Fu MD credits.pdf

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

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1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
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Computer & Video Games (UK)
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Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
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GamesMaster (UK) PAL
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
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LeveL (CZ)
Mega (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE) PAL
Score (CZ)
Sega Magazin (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
Todo Sega (ES)
Tricks (RU)
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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (Free CD)
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Mega Drive, EU
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Game Gear version

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Shaq Fu

Game Gear, US
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Technical information

Main article: Shaq Fu/Technical information.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Press release: 1994-10-26: SHAQUILLE O'NEAL TO STAR IN FIRST EVER VIDEOGAME
  2. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-09-15), page 94
  4. GamePro, "September 1994" (DE; 1994-08-26), page 35
  5. (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-03 11:38)
  6. (Wayback Machine: 2021-10-29 10:28)
  7. File:Shaq Fu MD credits.pdf
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 203
  9. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 184
  10. Computer + Video Giochi, "Dicembre 1994" (IT; 1994-xx-xx), page 130
  11. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 357
  12. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 170
  13. GamePro, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 124
  14. GamesMaster, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 50
  15. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 4, episode 2" (1994-09-27, 24:00) (+6:54)
  16. Games World: The Magazine, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-xx), page 14
  17. Joypad, "Novembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 118
  18. LeveL, "Únor 1995" (CZ; 1995-02-24), page 40
  19. MAN!AC, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-12), page 62
  20. Mega, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-30), page 28
  21. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 76
  22. Next Generation, "Premiere Issue 1995" (US; 1994-12-08), page 107
  23. Player One, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 156
  24. Play Time, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-04), page 111
  25. Score, "Únor 1995" (CZ; 1995-02-01), page 44
  26. Sega Magazin, "Dezember 1994" (DE; 1994-11-17), page 22
  27. Sega Power, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 64
  28. Sega Force, "3/95" (SE; 1995-06-20), page 22
  29. Sonic the Comic, "3rd February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-21), page 10
  30. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1994" (ES; 1994-1x-xx), page 66
  31. Tricks, "3/95" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 11
  32. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 154
  33. Video Games, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 92
  34. VideoGames, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 63
  35. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 12 December 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 89

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