'Power Rangers Legacy Wars Street Fighter Showdown' Movie Debuts Ryu Ranger
The dream of the ‘90s is alive on YouTube. On Tuesday, the short film Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown, a crossover between Hasbro’s Power Rangers franchise and Capcom’s Street Fighter video game series, was officially released, showcasing the live-action debut of the special crossover character, the “Ryu Ranger.”
On Tuesday, Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown premiered online. The seven-minute film is the first official live-action crossover between the Power Rangers and Street Fighter franchises, with “Ryu Ranger” symbolizing the collision of these two universes.
Co-produced by Bat in the Sun, Lionsgate, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and nWay, original Power Rangers star Jason David Frank once again reprises his iconic Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger as he teams up with Ryu, Chun-Li, and Gia/Yellow Ranger, from Power Rangers Megaforce (played by Ciara Hannah) to defeat famed Street Fighter villain, M. Bison.
The film is part of a promotion for Power Rangers Legacy Wars, a popular mobile fighting game that features characters from all across the Power Rangers franchise. In a surprise move earlier this year, Capcom contributed to the game by allowing fans to unlock Street Fighter characters as playable avatars.
This isn’t the first time a short film has debuted to promote new Power Rangers content. Earlier this year, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers writer Kyle Higgins wrote and directed a short film (again with Frank) to promote Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, a 25th-anniversary crossover that took place in the popular comic book series from BOOM! Studios.
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The crossover created a new character, the “Ryu Ranger,” a unique Power Ranger form for Street Fighter hero Ryu. Sadly, Chun-Li doesn’t get to morph, although the Ryu Ranger is dope enough to carry the whole film.
Power Rangers Legacy Wars is available now on the App Store and Google Play.