“Let’s Play” videos are fun, as it’s a good way to see someone experience a game for the first time and offer their thoughts and feelings as they deal with the frustration, weirdness, or other sensations associated with a first-encounter with a game. Or, sometimes, just guys showing off what they can do.

Unfortunately, since appearing on the website Something Awful, there has been something of an explosion of Let’s Plays, making it more difficult to find a simple gameplay video from a game that doesn’t have cursing and other comments drowning out the background music and sound effects.

“Let’s Quickly Play” seems to offer a remedy of sorts, as you will see in the following video. Instead of vocal commentary, there are captions, which allow the music and regular gameplay to shine through.

In this video, we get to see the story mode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition for the Super NES, which has some extra video and music from the show added in to make it feel a little more like a part of the series.

All in all, it works pretty well, which is sort of ironic, given I was just talking about the music not being able to be heard. Still, it’s the same song, just from the show instead, and the sound effects come through nicely.

The “Aye! Aye! Aye! *CRUSH!*” was a nice touch, and I learned more about Ron Wasserman’s terrific 90’s soundtrack than I thought I would ever know.

Personally, my favorite is the Shogun Megazord. Particularly its backhand; if it makes contact, the other guy goes flying across the length of the stage. And he can’t even be knocked down; you can bring him to one knee, where he’s still as tall as the other guys. How can you not love that?

Watching this one, particularly the match against Goldar, it makes me wish the Rangers used a little more smack-talk during their fights.

Also, whatever you think of the quality of the costumes (I think, given what they’re made for, they’re great), Silver Horns is a cool design.

And finally, we move on to the evil emperor himself, Lord Zedd:

All in all, this was a fun title for its day– maybe not worth the same price a Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat might fetch, but it made a good rental, at the very least.

And with Disney and Bandai bringing back the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, it would be cool if those two (and SEGA) could work out some deal that would see the original games released on the Virtual Console. Maybe even doll them up for WiiWare or something, if they’re worried the old versions wouldn’t sell. Of the Super NES and Genesis titles, The Fighting Edition and the Genesis version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie were my favorites, and I’d love to see them brought back for a new generation to enjoy.

–LBD “Nytetrayn”

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