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Nintendo Wii Review: Power Rangers Samurai

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If “Go, Go Power Rangers” brings a smile to your face, I’ve got a game for you!

The show Power Rangers follows a group of teenagers that basically morph into rangers with special powers. When they’ve become rangers, they each wear identical costumes and helmets except for individual colors and design. As rangers, they have super-human strength and abilities and use these special powers to fight against evil forces that threaten humanity. Each season there are five different Power Rangers.  The series debuted in 1993 and has continued from that time to this. The current season is Power Rangers Samurai and debuted in February of 2011. There are a number of action figure toys and games put out by Bandai based on the series.

Bandai has now released a videogame based on the current Power Rangers season.  Released in November of 2011, this game allows the player to become the rangers that they most like as part of the Power Rangers team and generally save the world from evil.  In order to morph into your chosen ranger, you need to use the Wii remote & nunchuck to properly trace the associated samurai symbol in the air. How well and how quickly you trace the symbol will determine how much symbol power you receive at the beginning of your mission and will let you use certain weapons.

Weapons vary depending on what ranger you are and include Fire Smasher, HydroBow, Forest Spear, Earth Slicer, and Sky Fan. Each Power Ranger has an animal Zord that they battle with. When you have mastered each of the five samurai symbols, you will master the five elements: fire, water, sky, forest, and earth.

One moves in the game by using the control stick on the nunchuk. Move it slightly to walk and push harder to run. Attacks and blocks are done using the C and Z buttons. Fighting itself is done using a variety of different buttons on the remote depending on what level you are .

The game itself is more than just fighting, although it is certainly very heavy on the fighting. Scattered throughout the game are scenes from the Power Rangers program which is fun if your child is a fan. While you’re playing, you will have the chance to discover hidden passage ways and secret items that will give you even more power to defeat your enemies. You will also be able to collect Zord discs. When you collect enough of the Zord discs, you can use them to fight the Samurai Megazord monster. The Wii version of the game allows you to play in two-player mode.

Once you’ve traced the appropriate symbol for your character, you will need to travel through paths in the game fighting opponents as they appear. Sometimes the paths are blocked and you need to remove the obstacles by blowing them up or breaking through them. Where you are allowed to go in the game depends on which ranger you have chosen to play that time. At the end of each level, there is a boss battle that you fight by shaking the remote in the correct spot. At the end of each level once you’ve won the final battle, you move onto the next level for more of the same.

All in all, Power Rangers Samurai is a fun, martial arts style fighting game. The added draw is that it includes scenes from the Power Rangers programming and it lets you choose your favorite color Power Ranger to play. The two player option is much appreciated because it means that both kids can play at the same time – eliminating the arguing over the Wii problem. My son enjoys playing the game and likes the ability to play all the different rangers and learn the different weapons. The game isn’t as complicated as he’d hoped and he wishes that he didn’t master the game as quickly as he did. Since he is 14 and the game is rated 10+, a younger child might find it more challenging. Either way it is definitely a game he enjoyed playing and one I recommend.

Power Rangers Samurai is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Fantasy Violence and Comic Mischief. This game can also be found on: Nintendo DS.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.