Monthly Archives: June 2011

Saban Brands At Licensing Expo This Week With “Mind–Blowing” Announcement Related To “Power Rangers” [UPDATED]

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Licensing International Expo 2011 is now in full swing; the trade show kicked off yesterday, and will run through the 16th. Saban Brands is in attendance, and can be found at table 1864, which is significantly larger then most tables at the show. This photo on Rangerboard shows a presentation for Saban’s emPower campaign that took place on the first day of Licensing Expo 2011.

More impressive then the size of Saban Brands’ booth, or even that photo though, is the news that something pertaining to Power Rangers will be announced at Licensing Expo International 2011, which is supposedly “mind–blowing.” Power Rangers On–Air Central initially reported the “mind–blowing” comment, which has now surfaced elsewhere, and was supposedly made on Twitter by someone close to Saban Brands that didn’t want to spoil the news.

So what exactly is the “mind–blowing” event? To be honest, no one outside of Saban Brands seems to know right now, at least no one whose able to speak about it. At present, the best that The Power Rangers Samurai Times, or anyone else can do is to speculate. 732 episodes of Power Rangers on NetFlix is certainly significant, but not exactly “mind–blowing;” 732 episodes of Power Rangers coming to DVD on the other hand, now that would definitely qualify as “mind–blowing.” The announcement of a new Power Rangers movie already in pre–production stages would also qualify as “mind–blowing,” at least for me. Other then that, I’m not sure what this announcement could be. Have a guess? Post a comment and share it with us here at The Power Rangers Samurai Times. We’re going to try and stay on top of this story, and as soon as we know what the “mind–blowing” announcement is, we’ll cover it.

UPDATE: Licensing Expo International 2011 has now ended, and no “mind–blowing” announcement pertaining to the future of the show was made. It is now believed that the “mind–blowing” announcement may have been that NetFlix licensed all 732 episodes prior to Power Rangers Samurai for instant streaming, but this obviously contradicts the statement that the announcement would pertain to the future of the show.

Namco Bandai America Inc. Announces “Power Rangers Samurai” For Nintendo Systems

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

As we reported last week, Namco Bandai Games Inc. announced two new Power Rangers Samurai games, both for Nintendo® systems. Handheld owners will be able to purchase Power Rangers Samurai for the Nintendo DS sometime in the latter part of the year. Likewise, console owners will be able to purchase Power Rangers Samurai for the Nintendo Wii in the latter portion of the year. The trailer for the game can be viewed below:

Power Rangers Samurai for the Nintendo Wii

Of course, the truly impatient (myself included) may preorder the game right now for $39.99 from GameStop or one of its affiliates, (e.g. EBGames,) and either have it delivered to their home, or pick it up in–store when it’s released. Although GameStop currently lists a September 1st release date for the game, this may or may not be the actual, final release date. In order for companies to solicit preorders, they’re required to list a release date; it doesn’t have to be an accurate release date though. GameStop is known for making up release dates in order to solicit preorders, so do not accept their release date as “official” until you hear another credible source mention the same release date. As a case-in-point example of Gamestop being horribly inaccurate with their release dates, let me point to my preorder of Mortal Kombat for the Xbox 360. Gamestop initially listed a release date of December 31, 2011; they maintained this release date until the official release date was announced, and then promptly corrected their release date, and shipped my game on schedule. This inaccuracy is more of a nuisance then a problem, but it should be kept in mind when preordering a game for a time–sensitive event, such as a person’s birthday.

The Power Rangers Samurai games look very similar to Power Rangers games of the past, so if you didn’t like them, you probably won’t like these. One notable aspect of the games though are the way that they utilize the stylus with the DS, and the Wii Remote with the Wii. The Samurai Symbols (Kanji) will have to be drawn as part of the game, presumably for the Rangers to morph. On the DS, the stylus will be used to draw the symbols onto the touch screen. With the Wii version of the game, the Wii remote will be used to “draw” the symbols in the air, just as the Rangers “draw” the symbols in the air with their Samuraizers.

Finally it’s worth noting that the Gold Ranger will not appear in the game, and that the handheld version is a DS title rather then a 3DS title. While I’m unsure of the exact reason or reasons for excluding the Gold Ranger, my guess would be that it was a result of the game’s development schedule. Likewise, I would say that one reason the game isn’t being made for the 3DS is the same reason it’s not being released for the Wii U: Just as the Wii U is too new for a Power Rangers Samurai game, (it won’t be out until after April 2012,) the 3DS is too new for a Power Rangers Samurai game. More people own a DS then a 3DS and Namco Bandai America Inc. know this. (3DS owners can still play DS games on their system.) Of course, it’s still possible that Namco Bandai America Inc. will announce a Power Rangers Samurai 3DS game at some point in the future; when the Game Boy Advance was new, THQ released a Power Rangers Time Force game for the Game Boy Color, followed by a second game for the Game Boy Advance. While it’s possible that Namco Bandai America Inc. could do something similar, it’s also highly implausible. For now, Power Rangers fans will have to make do with the Wii, DS, and iOS devices if they want a Power Rangers Samurai game. (And if you think about it, those are quite a few platforms that you should be able to play Power Rangers Samurai games on.)

NetFlix Powers Up With Instant Streaming Of Every “Power Rangers” Episode Today

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Rangerboard reports that starting today, NetFlix will offer every episode of Power Rangers for instant streaming. In addition to Power Rangers, VR Troopers and Beetleborgs will also be available for instant streaming via NetFlix. The latter two were reacquired by Haim Saban and Saban Brands alongside Power Rangers in 2010, but their reacquisition went largely unpublicized.

Normally The Power Rangers Samurai Times does not report on news that doesn’t directly pertain to Power Rangers Samurai, but we felt that this story was big enough that it warranted coverage here. All 732 episodes prior to Power Rangers Samurai will begin streaming today, and that includes the 32 reversioned Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers episodes. It’s worth noting that several inaccuracies were noted in the NetFlix listings, (e.g. Power Rangers Zeo being listed as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Zeo Season 4,) meaning that any hope of them putting an end to the debate over whether Power Rangers Samurai is the 18th, and/or 19th, and/or 20th season has effectively ended, at least for the time being. It’s worth noting though that Power Rangers Samurai is not yet listed, and that reversioned Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is not listed as “Season 18,” so there may be hope that we’ll have some clarification over this discrepancy once Power Rangers Samurai is added to NetFlix instant streaming.

Finally, it’s worth noting that at present, Power Rangers will only be available in the United States for NetFlix instant streaming. No information was available at press time regarding a potential Canadian instant streaming option.

“Power Rangers Samurai” To Appear At E3

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

GoNintendo reports that the Samurai Rangers will appear at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3 this week. Namco Bandai Games America Inc. sent out a press release last week, which reads in part as follows:

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is excited to reveal that all five Power Rangers Samurai (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink) will be making a special appearance at this year’s E3 on Thursday, June 9 from 11am-3pm at the NAMCO BANDAI booth in South Hall #2047 in honor of the upcoming Power Rangers Samurai games set to be formally announced next week during E3!

Although Saban Brands had mentioned games as part of their plans for the Power Rangers brand, none have been announced or released for consoles yet. The current offerings for Power Rangers Samurai games consist of web-based games running in Adobe Flash, as well as an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game available through the App Store. More information about the console games will obviously be made public at E3.

This year’s E3 will take place between June 7–9, at the Los Angles Convention Center. For those who are unfamiliar with the event, E3 is the video game industry’s largest trade show, and functions in a similar manner to NAB, the trade show for broadcasters, and CES, the trade show for consumer electronics manufacturers. Unlike most years, each major console manufacturer is planning something different for this year’s E3: Nintendo intends to announce the successor to the Wii, Sony intends to reassure customers that the Playstation Network is once again secure, and Microsoft intends to focus on new games for the XBox 360. As a result, it’s been said that this years E3 will be focused around the “core” gamer, rather then the casual one. Although Apple Inc. has attended E3 in the past, they will not be attending E3 in 2011; of course, this is likely due to the fact that they’ll be holding their own trade show, the Worldwide Developer’s Conference from June 6–10 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.

Later this month, Saban Brands will also make an appearance at Licensing International Expo 2011, which will be held from June 14–16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.