Good news for ’90s babies who remember being TERRIBLY disappointed in “Shaq Fu” for S-NES at the age of 7: A Shaq Fu sequel, nearly 20 years later, is actually happening. It’s crowdfunding campaign began on IndieGoGo back in March and now seems to have hit its goal of $450,000 to hit production. The fighting game is going to be called Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn and will probably only be available to PC gamers (nerds).
Here’s what’s interesting about it, though. It sounds like the game is almost exclusively funded by rich NBA players, who are all probably Shaq’s friends. Via Uproxx:
Now, here’s where things get interesting — somebody noticed that Shaq-Fu 2 didn’t actually have that many backers. Around the same number (if not fewer) than many failed crowdsourcing campaigns. The difference is that the few people who backed Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn backed it big, donating hundreds if not thousands of dollars. With most crowdsourced games, most of the money comes from people donating $10 – $30, but Shaq-Fu actually had below-average numbers of people donating to the lower tiers.
Did Shaq just call up all his wealthy basketball and celebrity buddies and ask them to chip in a thousand bucks for his stupid game where he fights ninjas and they all did it, because what the hell’s a grand to a guy in the NBA? Kind of seems like it.
Not sure this is worth $15 in a GameStop ON SALE bin, let alone throwing down a couple Gs for a nostalgia trip. But whatever. Not my job to tell you what to do with your money.