Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid fighting game comes to Switch, being balanced by Justin Wong

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Lionsgate Games Justin Wong

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a brand new fighting game from developer nWay for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. It will release digitally in a $20 edition and $40 collector’s edition, first on consoles this April and later for PC. Those who preorder will receive the “Green Ranger V2 Skin,” which is basically the Green Ranger but with silver trim on his helmet. Check out the teaser/announcement trailer below, complete with cameo by the most famous actor in the series, Jason David Frank.

Unlike in other fighting games, the combat in Battle for the Grid focuses on timing rather than sophisticated combos, so it may lower the barrier to entry for more casual players. The game also utilizes cross-saves and allow for cross-platform play, with the possible exclusion of on PlayStation 4. DLC characters are unsurprisingly already planned, but the aforementioned collector’s edition will come with all the first season DLC, in addition to other perks. The season one DLC features “three new characters, their Arcade story, and a new warrior skin,” and the other collector’s goodies include Pink Ranger skins and Lord Drakkon Evo II (an evil Ranger introduced in recent — and pretty good — Power Rangers comics).

But maybe the biggest surprise out of all of thisĀ Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid news is that legendary pro gamer Justin Wong is helping to balance its combat! You can see it confirmed in his own tweet below. This is a pretty big boon to Battle for the Grid, because nWay’s other Rangers game — Power Rangers: Legacy Wars for mobile devices — has receive a mixed reception at best.

Personally, I’ve loved Power Rangers ever since it first aired in 1993. Likely few things had as profound an effect on me in my formative years as that show, with its school students who became super heroes and rode around in giant robots and vanquished monsters on a regular basis. It’s the most entertaining formula for a kids’ show ever devised, as far as I’m concerned. So basically, I’m on board for anything and everything that can keep the franchise new and fresh for more generations. And I’m also excited that Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid seems to be targeting a less hardcore crowd with its fighting game, because I am extraordinarily bad at fighting games, but maybe I’ll be able to figure this game out if it doesn’t have crazy combos.

So, bottom line — yeah, I’m happy this game is happening. What about you? Let us know if you’re a long-time lover of the series or if you’re just morbidly curious that Justin Wong is involved in it. Bonus points if you say that Power Rangers in Space is your favorite series.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!