Journey Back to the '90s with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind

If you pay attention to games at all, you know that the pace is frantic these days, and new releases come at us like green slime oozing from an ectoplasmic pump. But every once in a while, a new title presents a game that looks and plays like something from the days when games were young and we all felt like kids. A retro throwback that delivers 1990s gaming joy that is nevertheless fresh and new. That’s what the upcoming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind is doing, and you take my word for it, it’s something special. Announced during the Summer Game Fest, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind is a retro beat-em-up. On the surface, it looks like every other beat-em-up ever made, presenting us with a small number of characters to choose from as we thrash our way across the screen, pulling our baddies’ arms out of their sockets and slamming them to the pavement. But this is a game engine that offers something a lot better than the usual retro homage.


At a most basic level, it’s a love letter to the side-scrolling beat-em-up, specifically the action of the original Power Rangers TV show anchoring the game to that genre’s golden age. While its original premise might be a little on the nose for those that never had any exposure to the subject matter, for late-30-somethings who grew up with the series it provides a rich vein of nostalgia. It’s more than just a clone of a 90s game, though: Rita’s Rewind also incorporates super-scaler style shooting segments to add another set of gameplay mechanics to the core format.

The Power of Nostalgia in Gaming

Nostalgia forms an important part of that loop, helping to put players into an emotional state where they might not normally be willing or able to connect with your game, be it by gameplay or story. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind leverages '90s nostalgia to provide a fun, simple experience to a niche but receptive audience.

A Collaboration That Excites: GamesBeat and Lil Snack

GamesBeat also tries to provide more immersive entertainment by teaming up with Lil Snack to give visitors to its website a chance to play a game tailored for them. Much like his show’s title, Ayzee’s business moniker doesn’t directly reveal his aim: to “gamify” his shows and make them more emotionally engaging for his audience. This, too, is part of a broader trend: on gaming websites, personalised content has started to actually play along.


The inclusion of nods to classic sidescrolling action that Rita’s Rewind features hopefully will appeal to that older demographic as well as introduce a younger generation to the non-noisy, detail-oriented fun that is retro gaming. Rita’s Rewind offers the perspective of both sides, with hopes of bridging the gap between older and younger gamers.

The Impact of Retro Games on Contemporary Gaming Culture

As with many gamers, for me, retro is a simple nostalgia for a time of play when games were more satisfying because they were more obviously about play, and less about cutting-edge graphics, convincing storytelling and production scaling and the other high-concept pitches that console manufacturers and game publishers must constantly identify and transmit as the latest ‘must have’ game feature. Rita’s Rewind reminds us just how much of the contemporary playing experience is in fact about this kind of meta-play.

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At its core, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind is a love letter to the original. By combining the nostalgia of Power Rangers with modern game design, it allows gamers to experience something they never could have back in the ‘90s, whether they are hardcore holdovers or finding the series for the first time. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind is a testament to how classic IP can find new life when it is given a more contemporary makeover.

This premium retro pining for classic is not just indicative of Rita’s Rewind and the industry of retro games, but also points to a sci-fi theming in which a yearning for old, nostalgic times is carried alongside an innovative, forward-thinking respect for classic themes and mechanics. Returning to the ’90s with this offering means retracing a lineage that points both forward and backwards, progressing through development and design trends to land in the present, but also drawing our attention to the fact that gaming has always possessed some timeless themes and mechanics that many of us hold in high regard.

So put on your shoes and start up your cartridges because Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind represents the decade of 90s gaming newly redefined for today’s times. Not only is it a nostalgic feeling pegged to fit the present, it is a portal to the past, present and future, showcasing that great experiences will always have a place in gaming history.

Jun 08, 2024
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