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Episode 009 – Shaq Fu (1994)

Episode 009 - Shaq Fu (1994)

Episode 009 – Shaq Fu (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we study Shaqido. It’s a deadly and ancient martial art, dating all the way back to the 1990s. The history of this dangerous form of fighting in explained in 1994’s Shaq Fu, which was a real thing that happened, along with Shaquille O’Neal’s rapping career and him playing a god damn genie.

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  • 0:00 – Intro, brought to you by the Wu-Tang Clan, followed by Shaq Fu chat.
  • 41:30 – Tales from the Arcade with Huell.
  • 51:45 – Emails.
  • 1:07:15 – Snifferoo.


– For information on the Shaq Fu sequel, check out the website on it. Like we get into on the podcast though, there isn’t an announced release date, and it’s now been more than a year since the project was initially announced.

– The Shaq Fu Liberation Army seems to be mostly dormant now. But if you’re interested, check it out here. (Note: Sound.)

– Want to play Shaq Fu? It’s not especially tough, if you still have your old systems. Copies of the game range from $3 to $8 for cart only. Even if you want the box and manual included, the price ranges from $8 to $20, depending on condition. As we say on the show, the Genesis version is surprisingly superior to SNES, thanks to more character and smoother (relatively speaking) animation.

Episode 003: DuckTales (1989)

Episode 003: DuckTales (1989)

Episode 003: DuckTales (1989)

In Duckburg, life is like a hurricane – race cars, lasers, airplanes, it’s a duck-blur! You might solve a mystery, or re-write history. DuckTales! woohoo!

That fine hamlet of Duckburg is the subject of this week’s Your Parents Basement, as our third episode tackles 1989’s DuckTales for the NES. You can listen to the show by clicking here.

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Show notes for this episode:

  • Jessica Nigri is the cosplayer that was the visual inspiration for Lollipop Chainsaw. OneeChanbara, the other chainsaw character mentioned by Todd, is barely able to link to. Here is the Wikipedia entry, because anywhere else you look on the web is pretty much NSFW.
  • The snifferoo from last week comes from this YouTube video, which is the memorable Moon Stage theme. The remastered version is also quite good. The main NES theme can be heard here.
  • Someone beating DuckTales in about nine minutes can be seen here. A more leisurely 30+ minute play is here.
  • Want to buy DuckTales? The remastered version is your best bet, with hard copies in the $15 to $20 range, and digital copies ranging from $5 to $15, depending on whether there is a sale or not. As Todd mentioned on the pod, it’s currently on sale on Steam for $7.50, through Tuesday.
  • The NES cart ranges from $5 to $20 on eBay, depending on what condition you want it in. And as with most NES games, you can up the price to around $40 to $60 if you want the box and manual.
  • As mentioned on the show, DuckTales 2 for the NES is hard to find. A complete package of the box, manual and cart are going for $400. The cart by itself is in the $150 to $200 range. Just the manual is selling for $138. There don’t seem to be any plans in the works to give it a remaster or port treatment.
  • An explanation of how DuckTales came to be remastered is on this message board.

Episode 002: X-Men (1992)

Episode 002: X-Men (1992)

Episode 002: X-Men (1992)

The 1992 X-Men arcade beat ’em up is the second game tackled by Steve Greenwell, Huell and Todd Brisket on Your Parents Basement Podcast, even if it required us leaving the cozy confines of the basement back in the day. Click here to listen!

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Supplemental material for today’s show:

  • The piano tease from last week can be found on YouTube here.
  • A gameplay video of the final stage.
  • A short, December 2013 article from Polygon on the expiration of X-Men from the various online stores.
  • Hey, isn’t the timeline of the Marvel movie universe confusing? It sure is! But if you want to deep dive, go here.
  • The TV Tropes article on Wolverine Publicity, a.k.a., “Wolverine does not appear in this issue.”
  • The lead graphic on this post comes from this blog.