Power Rangers has been one of the kid-targeted action franchises for over 25 years now, but compared to other properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or various superheroes, the series has only had sporadic success in the world of video games. This is partially due to the fact that, during its original height, episodes were mainly comprised of re-used footage from a Japanese counterpart series whose tie-in games were produced several years and consoles behind what was then-current.
Much like TMNT and Transformers, fans of the classic version of the characters — the “Mighty Morphin” version — can look forward to a new game inspired by the 1990s TV series.
Revealed in a new trailer ahead of what’s expected to be a big outing for the new film based on the series at New York Comic-Con, Bandai Namco’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle is an all-new side-scrolling multiplayer brawler in the tradition of Double Dragon or, more recently, modern revivals like Castle Crashers); wherein players can take control of the original six classic Rangers to battle through levels, challenging waves of enemies and bosses inspired by the series.
While the game features many modern touches like high-definition animated graphics, online capabilities, and variable character stats, it’s commitment to keeping things grounded in a retro aesthetic aimed at nostalgic fans extends well beyond the license. The 2D scrolling design harkens back to the glory days of arcade brawlers, and the game includes voice samples and music taken from the series itself. The new film will also feature the original characters, though re-imagined with new actors and major design overhauls for (so far) all of the weapons, costumes, vehicles and enemy monsters.
The first look at actual footage from the new film is expected to be screened as part of a reveal and rollout at NYCC, though details of what will be shown have yet to emerge in full. The new film, directed by Dean Israelite, features a quintent of fresh faces as new incarnations of the five original Rangers along with Bryan Cranston as mentor Zordon, Bill Hader as support-robot Alpha Five and Elizabeth Banks as the villainess Rita Repulsa; an ancient alien reawakened to wreak havoc on the Rangers’ hometown of Angel Grove using space-age suits of armor, alien weapons and gigantic robot vehicles known as “Zords.”
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battles will debut in January 2017 on Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles — no information as yet on the possibility of a Wii U or Nintendo NX release.
Source: Bandai Namco