Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn took Indiegogo by storm in 2014, receiving $458,000 in funding and was originally slated to release on PC and a variety of different consoles, including the Wii U. Developers Saber Interactive and Big Deez Productions have been mostly quiet about the game since showing off a trailer at the 2015 Game Awards but now, Saber’s CEO has confirmed that the title will be coming to Nintendo Switch.
Saber Interactive’s Matthew Karch confirmed the news during a recent interview with Nintendo Everything, in which he revealed that the company is also working on a “new motorcross title” and a “four-person co-op shooter” both of which are also candidates for a Switch release.
As for Shaq-Fu, it’s unclear if the Switch version of the game means that the Wii U version is cancelled. According to the game’s official website , it’s still slated for release on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. But it’s been more than three years since the original campaign was funded and Nintendo has essentially left the Wii U behind, so at this point, it might not make much sense to spend the resources on it.
For the uninitiated, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a remake of the 2D fighting game Shaq-Fu that initially released for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo in 1994 and is arguably one of the weirdest licensed video games of all time. Even Shaq himself admits the original game was laughably bad, but A Legend Reborn‘s developers are promising a much more robust experience this time.
The sequel is aiming to be a side-scrolling beat ‘em up with co-op, destructive environments, custom move sets and adaptive AI. The developers have described it as “Streets of Rage meets Street Fighter meets Devil May Cry”, and have promised that “this time, we won’t FU it up!”
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is currently in development for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
Source: Nintendo Everything