Retro Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(Sega Genesis)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(Sega Genesis) May 20, 1994

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the Sega Genesis is a typical Street Fighter type fighting game. In the game you can pick between two game modes. 1-Player scenario mode and 2-player battle mode.

Pink vs Minotaur

When playing scenario mode you start off being able to pick one of the 5 original Power Rangers. Every fight is two parts, first you fight the monster with a Power Ranger. After you win Rita Repulsa makes her monster grow (THATS WHAT HE SAID!). Then it’s MEGAZORD TIME!!!1!ONE! In your second fight you go up against the Evil Green Ranger. After defeating him once its Zord battle time. Green Ranger will summon the Dragonzord! If you manage to defeat the Dragonzord then you will have unlocked the Green Ranger!!

Dragonzord Summoned

After unlocking the Green Ranger you can use him to fight the remaining battles. Don’t get too excited though. There are only 3 battles left and only 2 of them are playable as a Ranger. That’s right the scenario mode only has 5 battles. The last battle against Cyclopsis is a 2-part Zords only battle.

Dragonzord

Overall scenario mode isn’t exactly the experience that MMPR fans would have liked. Seriously 5 villians? Out of all the villians from the show, ya know the new one you come up with EVERY WEEK, you could only pick 5?

2-player battle mode is exactly what you think it is. The only cool part is that every Ranger, villian and zord are available as playable charectors. However, you cant fight the Megazord, Dragonzord, or Cyclopsis against a regular Power Ranger. There goes my dream of seeing the Green Ranger fight the Dragonzord.

The other beef with this game is that it doesn’t use the C button. Again, I don’t understand how you couldn’t come up with something for the C button to do. IT’S A THREE BUTTON CONTROLLER! Doesn’t seem that difficult. Take the lack of controls and mix it with a very short story portion of the game and this game leaves much to be desired. The other thing that most likely set people off was that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a completely different type of game depending on what platform you got it for.

For the Game Boy and Super Nintendo MMPR is a side scrolling platformer. The Sega CD version is a FMV Adventure game. Perhaps the most frustrating of all is that the Sega Game Gear version is like the Genesis version, only scenario mode has 7 levels and actually more if you count the fact that you fight a series of Putties before facing the boss. Also, you get the occasional visit from Goldar to throw a wrench in ur plans! WOW Game Gear got a better game then the home console? Really?!

Sega is the only platforms to get the Green Ranger though, so I guess we win there. The Genesis game is still plenty of fun so don’t get dscouraged by it’s downfalls. Although, you probably would have more fun with this game if playing against a friend rather then looking to get submersed in the story mode.

Final Grade: 7.5/10

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