But will the big man be dropping elbows on Nintendo consoles?
Some know him as Dr. Shaquille O’Neal. Others refer to him as the “Enforcer of Justice.” But mostly, everyone knows him as “Shaq.” Not only is the 7-foot 1-inch ball-blocking giant a former NBA superstar, but he’s also a technology geek. It’s true, and he’s even attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, or CES 2014.
You may be thinking that Shaq Fu 2 for Nintendo’s Wii U is all just one big rumor? We’re asking that you think that over. Here’s why…
Several trademarks for Shaq Fu have recently been filed in the US by Mine O’Mine, a company owned by Shaquille O’Neal himself. The trademarks cover a dizzying array of different entertainment mediums, including — you guessed it — video games.
Here’s what the trademark says:
Entertainment services, namely, providing online games; Providing a website featuring electronic and video games and news, information, tips, hints, enhancements, audio-visual content, music, videos, television programs, movies, animated series, and other multimedia materials in the field of computer and video games, computer and video game characters, music, sports and entertainment.
Yesterday, during the Consumer Electronics Show, the big man was asked a few questions by GamerFitNation’s Antwand Pearman. The most important question asked by Pearman — and the reason why you’re currently reading this article — was, “Will we ever get to see a Shaq Fu 2“?
At first glance, it seemed as if the casual charade was all one big joke — with Shaq dishing out high-flying elbows, ruthless knees, and humorous headlocks on Pearman — but Shaq’s demeanor and sincerity quickly changed, to a more serious tone. Now, I’ve known Shaq for a long time. We go back (way back) to the mid-90s, and he looked pretty serious to me. In the video below, you can watch Pearman get pummeled and Shaq confirm the new title. Shaq makes it very clear that the forthcoming title has “crazy graphics” and also exclaims, “I promise you… wait until you see it.” in a straight-faced response.
Speaking of the 90s, — the real reason I know Shaquille O’Neal — there’s a 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) title called Shaq Fu, which was developed by Delphine Software International and published by Electronic Arts. That’s the other reason for this article. When Antwand Pearman popped the question about seeing a “Shaq Fu 2,” title in the future, Shaq positively confirmed. That’s good enough for us to believe, coupled with all of the aforementioned evidence, that a sequel is indeed on the way.
In addition to the SNES installment, Shaq Fu was also released on SEGA’s Mega Drive/Genesis, SEGA Game Gear, Game Boy, and Amiga. Perhaps in Shaq Fu 2, fans will get a few other Kung Fu-style moves from the 40-year-old former basketball star.
We’ve contacted the big baller, but he keeps rejecting our phone calls. We’ll try to catch him on the rebound in the near future. Until then, we will continue to deliver information on the Shaq’s upcoming sports title as we receive it. Hopefully, there’s something in store for the Wii U.