AVGN: Christmas Carol Part 2 – Shaq Fu

Mike Matei / December 24th, 2007

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  • April 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Yeah XD i just got this game for my birthday today from a friendXD
    It really is hard as hell with those shitty controls, I just cant get those f*cking special moves to work!
    Nice video James, and thank you Valor22 for this piece of shit they call a video game really cool you bought it XD

  • Havik99

    April 12, 2010 at 2:33 am

    I’m actually surprised that Shaq Fu got such a short review. I mean after all, it is notoriously one of the worst games of all time.

  • mchaza

    April 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

    i love the boggie part so funny james you should review PS, PS2 and maybe xbox games because there are 1000s of them especially on ps2 and ps and there is bound to be bad ones

  • Valor22

    April 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    @vengeance92: No problem mate xD But I kicked you’re ass at it! Haha!

  • -RT

    May 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hey-hey-hey! Actually, SNES games were mostly superior only in terms of graphics, sometimes sound, but gameplay was better on the Genesis. Prime example – Earthworm Jim. SNES version has some impressive graphics, but has bad controls, slowdowns, bad music and also this version lacks an entire level – “Intestinal Distress”.

  • Dancovich

    May 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Giving one example doesn’t make a statement true. EWJ for SNES lacked one level (probably because Nintendo coudn’t stand a game where you’re inside a body) and some slowdown, but it hardly had bad controls, and MUSIC? come on, the music on the SNES version was awesome and in my opinion better than the Genesis version.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Genesis as much as I like SNES, but you can’t say Super Mario World and SMW2 had bad controls, or Street Fighter 2 (any version of it), or Final Fight, or Contra 3, or Zelda… you get the idea.

    Good graphics don’t make a good game, but it doesn’t make a bad one either. Both Genesis and SNES had very good games and very crappy ones too.

  • supermark64

    June 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    BOOGIE!!! boogieboogiebogiebogie…

  • Rhetticus

    June 21, 2010 at 5:49 am

    There’s a Battletoads poster in the suspenseful scene @ 4:50 XD. The Old AVGN was very well done, made me lolz. While I did understand the importance for the ending from a continuity perspective it still confused me.

  • kamakazi geek

    July 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

    this sucks dare i say.. monkey fuck

  • -RT

    August 4, 2010 at 5:55 am

    @Dancovich: Yes, the music. It doesn’t sound as it was intended by Tommy Tallarico. Check out Sega CD version – its music sound closer (much closer) to Genesis version.
    You need other examples – okay. Flashback on SNES is just ass! It’s so freaking slow, it’s unplayable. Rock’n’Roll Racing on Genesis has more levels. The same with The Lost Vikings. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3’s SNES version is inferior in almost every way. The same with Demolition Man.

  • Kurt 94

    September 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I’m shocked that games like Shaq fu were even allowed to be created. I grew up during the time when the Playstation and N64 were popular, and I don’t remember shit like this ever being released. Then again there was superman 64.

  • October 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    “That’s my dad in his underwear taking out the trash!… At least he’s not making me take out the trash!” It’s a reference to Awesome Video Games!!

  • Phattony

    October 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    you should do game review till this old and you should grow a beard as long as that one

  • SpeedyEric

    October 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I love this archive footage of you when you where a kid, James. I guest when you said you’re gonna take us back to the past, you wern’t frackin’ kidding.

    I know Shaq starred in some crappy movies, those of which the Nostalgia Critic already reviewed, but I never thought that he was also in a crappy video game. Also, the web site James mentioned is still up and running.

    I love the way Future Nerd dusts off his Wii.

  • metal0737

    November 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    “Shaq-Fu. It’s like a joke.”
    Funny, I always thought it was a joke!

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    November 13, 2010 at 10:28 am


    Like, the SNES is super-slow while the Genesisn’t? I smell blast processing.

  • November 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I loved the line :

    “My first 16 bit machine!”

    Lol even back then he was quite the nerd.

    What the hell am I saying, I’m 13 and my room practically looks like his, haha.

  • Armand the Wise

    December 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    one of my top favorite episodes from him. the only good thing missing from it was kyle’s traditional nerd chirstmas song. one thing I do hope for though is that the old nerd makes another appearance in a future episode, he really stole the show for me.

  • TheBaron

    December 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    This two parter Christmas special is one of the very best episodes in here.. It all fits together and the variate of games is great.

  • gamerdudeI22

    December 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I would stuff James’ stocking.

  • COMbine

    December 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I can beat this game. It’s actually not so hard.

  • cheetingfuckingGAME

    January 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    its funny he says that i loved that game but i had it on sega it was not chopy at all the seacritt moves were easy to figer out that was the first few games at the time that creepy games were being made some of the music an caricters in the game were a little creepy but in the best way ……… if they ever made something els how about rob zombie fu think about it 4 a sec

  • the german fan

    February 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Why is there a picture of SMDC2000 before you wake up?

  • March 24, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I always thought it would be funny to hear the Nerds thoughts on Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City for the SNES. It’s a strange concept for a game to say the least. It’s a weird hybrid of platfomer and basketball. It’s really hard to describe if you haven’t played it.

  • Jakethesnake99

    April 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm


  • 3MiceTurds

    August 25, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I remember when my older brothers got an SNES when it first came out. I was only 6 or so, and my brothers were probably 13 and 17. I think. Anyways, I have such fond memories of watching my brothers play SNES games and learning all the essential curse words (cocksucker, motherfucker, etc) from them, and seeing the video of young James warms my heart.
    Of course, just a few years down the line, when snooping through my older brother’s closet, I happened upon the SNES box, which was now filled to the brim with porn magazines.

    Isn’t that some fucking shit?

    But it’s sad. That old SNES shit the bed, and we had to buy a new one. It came with Donkey Kong Country, which we already had. I loved that purple and grey fucking thing.

    I used to take out my Christmas presents and play them before Christmas. Then I’d feel so guilty I’d tell my parents. I was such a cocksucker. Fuck.

  • SeanYip

    September 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    It would be funny if you reviewed the Nintendo Wii in the 2030s.

  • KeithEllwood

    September 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    LMFAO!! Ah man reviewing the Wii was too fuckin’ funny

  • Blitzballgamer

    September 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    That video is just completely awesome!

  • Krzysiek

    September 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    U2FU makes perfect sense. It means – You too, fuck you!

  • KennethBaumgart

    September 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    is the ghost of Christmas past handsome nick from video game vault?

  • Throwback Neil

    October 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    2:51 So Mumm-Ra is okay but Sett-Ra isn’t?

    4:08 YES YOU DO!!!

    4:13 YES IT DOES!!!


    James, I’m sorry, I Idolize you but as a fan I cordially request a redux of this review.

  • werty12112

    November 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA Beaker makes an appearance at 8:26

  • supersheamus

    November 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    james do more when ur an old guy with a beard

  • davidsworld3

    December 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Who is the girl sitting by you on your first play on nintendo? That your sister?

  • davidsworld3

    December 9, 2011 at 1:52 am

    You should put your family in on your videos script if you gotta, I think that would be sweet.

    • NightWalker990

      December 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

      That”ll be an awesome idea. As far as AVGN (James Rolfe), I don’t know any details about his family. @davidsworld3

  • davidsworld3

    December 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

    please do a review on duke nukem forever thats game worthy of a review by you.

  • pufferung

    December 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

    LOL at your dad. Awesome XD

  • NightWalker990

    December 22, 2011 at 7:41 am

    When I first seen the title of this video game, I thought there must’ve been some kind of mistake. I mean, Shaq-fu? I’ve heard of some strange titles before (Irritating Stick), but the title of this game itself is enough to scare a video gamer away (unless you’re a Shaq fan). Out of curiosity sakes, I tried playing this game and the controls are worst than the concept itself.The only way to understand is to play the game yourself….. If you don’t care about your sanity that is.

  • drewj5

    December 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I used to have this game, and back in the day i was a hardcore fighting genre geek. My friend and i were always playing each other, in every game, I remember when we got this game, that the controls were so stiff and unresponsive, but we didnt give a shit, we both played it and accually got good. I used to use the guy with 2 swords, and he played the cat girl. and i remember one night we had a sleep over and we played this shit all night, Back then we didnt care if it was a bad game, it was a game to be conquered, and we mastered it, even though it was shit.

  • 277134

    January 17, 2012 at 8:24 am


    • jakethesnake99

      March 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  • DerekShort

    February 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Is the ghost the guy from screw attack, or bad luck bootsy?

    • Staarscommando

      February 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

      @DerekShort There are two ghost guys. One is Stuttering Craig and the other is handsome tom. Both are from screwattack, but one got fucked up the ass when Screwattack started becoming popular. I’ll let you guess which.

  • gamers_love_sprite

    February 11, 2012 at 2:34 am

    super monkey ball had this minigame called monkey soccer but the announcer saying the name sounds like “monkey sucker.” and i mean exactly like that.

  • StAlphonso

    February 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

    MONKEY (ball) CHEEZ!!!!!

  • Macmeister

    March 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    YEAH SUPER METROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 9, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Let’s play some good games from now on! Fuck that lets play some shitty ones!

  • Sirkrozz

    March 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I cannot imagine how great it should’ve felt to get a badass SNES on christmas!

  • kidkool

    April 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    lol soo bad a game ill nvr ply it my life unlike u nerd

  • ToaAntan

    June 26, 2012 at 2:20 am

    It’s still going

  • Lancep2012

    July 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I was hoping in the video he wound point out the one thing I cound never find out about Shag Fu. That was why does a fighting game have ligth gun suport?

  • Sarabeam

    August 19, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Oh man, the old version of himself with the wii games made me laugh so hard, especially “LETS BOOGIE” Plus it was fun to see him talk about newer shitty games instead of old ones. I loved it lol

  • likalaruku

    September 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I E U
    E I E O
    U E U

  • Katnip Packington

    January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    In boogie if you use the singing mode (And have a mic :P) Yell curse words like CUNT! FUCK! ASS! and you will get a gold medal and win!

  • Shaq Fu Wizard

    June 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I have played both the SNES and Genesis versions of Shaq Fu and the Genesis version is magnitudes better. But it still sucks

  • M K

    July 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

    AVGN is the best thing on the internet! 🙂

  • December 16, 2013 at 4:51 am

    My first comment of this site :

    I Like the nerd since i heard of him. it was on my most bad time, because i get down and down into the depression and the nerd makes me laughing. he helped me a little to forget the sickness , just have “laughness”.

    thanks <3

  • December 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This is not Shaq Fu, this is Skunk Fu!

  • December 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm


  • frostare

    December 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Bottom line: Godzilla’s 1998 version should be renamed Zilla, dammit!

  • lance2011

    December 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Although the web site is portended by Freedom of Seatch I will not stop anyone who whats to play it form doing so. I for one don’t care of the game is good, bad, kick ass, or shit load of funk if it’s NES, SNES, or Genesis and I don’t have it I get it.

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I remembered thinking this game was ok as a kid. I played it again recently to see what the huge deal was.
    IMO it’s not even close to as terrible as it’s hype. I think it’s just been built up.
    The controls are standard. Maybe a little slow/clunky, but it’s just a more deliberate style of fighting controls as opposed to a more jabby/button mashing style. Essentially that means there is recoil, and you need to time your moves. However you can turn the speed up and reduce that a bit.

    The animation is great and uses a lot of frames. The game starts with a sample from Wu Tang (Old movie & WuTangClan uses it on 36Chambers). Shaq does a funny dance when he wins.

    I just played and the arabian guy had the greatest pre-fight quip:
    “My swords will make you think twice about that comment.”
    I welcome any counterpoints.

  • February 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    In the news, Shaq himself hinted at the possibility of a Shaq-Fu 2.

    In the words of Darth Vader: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    It’s spoken of at timestamp 1:40 and I hope someone can put that rumor to rest saying it’s NOT true.

  • TheBaron

    March 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Worth noticing: You can now donate to the new game, where Shaq himself is heavily involved: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn

    Oh and they do feature some rather interesting prices.

  • December 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    destroying every shaq cartridge could likely make it ‘rare’, up it’s value… e.g. Zelda CDi games. Perhaps they should be kept, as a warning.
    although imo don’t think the game is as bad as everyone thinks. Better on Genesis.

  • VV

    December 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    What an absolute amazing episode. I love you, James.

  • ABC

    September 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    It’s got watching your old stuff James. In my opinion these older ones where you had your own side story were the best videos you ever made. Thanks for keeping them up here 🙂

  • Cryptic Wizard

    April 7, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Okay, Shaq Fu was not a terrible game. The controls are different from the standard “quarter circle forward” type of thing. It takes practice. Also, the Genesis version features more characters but the graphics are less detailed and the title screen music is awful. The whole idea behind this was to make a video game featuring Shaq, but not yet another basketball video game. It’s no masterpiece, but there are worse fighting games (like Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, for example).

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