The Best New Amazon Releases: Link and Zelda and Freaks and Geeks


Hyrule Warriors goes portable, a pair of unique racers hits new gen, and the entire Mockingjay and Freaks and Geeks sagas hit Blu-ray!

We’re at a bit of an impasse right now when it comes to games and movies. The new vidjagarms are a good but eclectic bunch and since just about every Oscar nominee of note has hit Blu-ray, we’re now awaiting random hits and old classics to come to home video. So considering all that, we’ve got a pretty hopping week with yet another big 3DS release on tap, the first new-gen rally racer, the final chapter in the biggest new movie franchise of this decade, and one of the best dramedies to ever air on television. If any of these discs tickle your fancy, use the links here, but if you’ve got another Amazon purchase in mind, just use any link here and make your purchase during the visit and we’ll still get a small commission. Just to remind you; almost every new game release and pre-order comes with a 20% discount if you’re an Amazon Prime member (we’ll note when a new release doesn’t come with that discount). Alrighty, now let’s get into the games and movies!

Hryule Warriors: Legends
I think it’s pretty safe to say the the Wii U Hyrule Warriors was nobody’s favorite Zelda game. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist. Heck, if we have to wait years between true blue new Zelda games, HD rereleases (like Twilight Princess HD) and strange spinoffs should fill the heart-piece-shaped hole in our heart before the time we finally get a new adventure for Link on our Wii U (and let’s be real, the NX too). If anything, Hyrule Warriors should have a more welcome home on the 3DS than its hostile arrival on Wii U. The visuals are far better suited for 3D than HD, the long stages that are par for the Dynasty Warriors course are easier to tackle in chunks thanks to the 3DS’ sleep-resume functions, and the lower price (with a 20 percent new release Amazon Prime discount dropping the release price to $32) is a nicer jumping on point for Zelda fans unsure of whether this spinoff is up their alley.

TrackMania Turbo
The Trackmania series has been a staple of PC gaming, mixing high-octance super-fast racing with the ability to create truly unique stages that can resemble roller coaster tracks more than race courses. While the series has made pit stops on platforms like the Wii and DS, Trackmania is finally pulling into the HD console lane with Trackmania Turbo. Turbo comes to consoles with a couple of neat new additions, like tracks that change elements in tune with the music, and a strange co-op mode where one player controls the steering while the other works the gas. It looks like a fun arcadey racer and for a lower price than most new racers, you might want to try a lap in Trackmania Turbo, whether it’s on PS4 (link above) or Xbox One. This one comes with a 20% new release discount for Amazon Prime members, so it’s even cheaper to go Turbo!

Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo
We’re now two-and-a-half years into this console generation, and it’s a bit of a surprise that we’re only NOW getting a Rally game exclusive to new-gen. Granted, the genre isn’t as hot it was during the Sega Rally and Rally Cross era, but seeing fast cars get coated in mud while tearing through big courses is something that seems tailor made to showcase the power of today’s consoles. Hopefully Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo can fill that role. It’s being published by Square Enix (who know a thing or ten about making gorgeous new-gen games) and reviews from across the pond have been good, so hopefully SLRE can keep up the speed here in America. You can start your new-gen rally on PS4 by using the link above, but it’s also on Xbox One. If you buy it on console, you’ll get a sweet 20% new release Amazon Prime discount!

Long before the Laser Time Patreon was a twinkle in our eyes, Republique proved the benefit of crowdfunding. Back in 2012, Republique was one of Kickstarter’s earliest successes, earning just over $500,000 to guarantee an iOS release (this was back when the 4S and the second iteration of the iPad were the hot new iDevices). That blossomed to PC and Mac releases, and while development of new episodes has been slow (the five-episode series is just ending now on all platforms), the benefit is that the series makes its console debut *just* in time so that PlayStation 4 owners can experience the Republique saga in full to catch up on the conversation. If you’ve had your fill of stealth with Metal Gear and Hitman, this new surveillance-based take on sneaking might be up your alley. This one does NOT come with a 20 percent discount, but it’s releasing at a pretty low $25 price point to start with!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Every epic franchise is going to had a lesser-loved entry, and for The Hunger Games, it was Mockingjay Part 1. After two slam-bang killing contests a la Running Man and Battle Royale, Mockingjay was a subdued movie about an uprising’s early roadbumps. Fortunately, Mockingjay Part 2 ended the franchise the right way, kicking up the action and the positivity for the final moments of Katniss Everdeen’s rise to power against the oppressive Panem government. Jennifer Lawrence proves her worth as an actress and action star, and seeing Donald Sutherland get his four-films-in-the-making comeuppance is worth the wait. It’s also heartwarming to see some of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final scenes to ever air as a sympathetic ally to Katniss and her fellow revolutionaries. You can get the standalone Blu-ray or purchase the entire Hunger Games saga in a Blu-ray collection.
Daddy’s Home
Will Ferrell had a decent 2015 due to (mostly) playing it safe. Besides the weird Lifetime Original drama that had to be a passion project, Ferrell’s other films were the kind of polished PG-13 fare with a high-profile comedic foil that has been WF’s bread and butter for the last 10 years. To that end, Daddy’s Home is a good movie the same way that Get Hard was. Will it be your favorite Ferrell film? Probably not, but it’s got plenty of chuckle-worthy scenes to fill 90 minutes, and there are plenty of places for other comedic talent (like Mark Wahlberg and Hannibal Buress) to shine. Plus, it’s got a pretty great cameo at the end to cement a certain beefy actor’s comedic repertoire. Wahlberg and Ferrell proved they were a good comedic team back with The Other Guys, and this furthers their rapport. They’re not quite a John C. Reilly-Will Ferrell tandem, but they’re pretty close.

Freaks And Geeks: The Complete Series
What’s there to say about this series that hasn’t been said before? Freaks and Geeks is one of the most heartfelt yet simultaneously hilarious programs to ever air on television, and it rightfully launched the careers of Judd Apatow and an amazing rookie cast that included Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, and Martin Starr. It’s a shame that it only lasted for one season, but the bright side is that there’s nary a bad spot in the entire 18-episode run. While it’s true that you can watch the entire series in HD on Netflix, the Blu-ray comes with the copious amount of special features like commentaries and deleted scenes, and if you want to watch the show the way it was originally presented, the discs come with a standard def option. Never thought there’d be a day where I champion a lower-res transfer of a show, but here we are.

Miyazaki fans should not miss this sale!

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is the most celebrated animator of the last 50 years, and for good reason. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke are some of the most fully realized worlds ever shown in theaters, capturing the hearts of people from just about every age and part of the planet. Now that he’s retired, Amazon has an exquisite looking special collection of every feature length film Miyazaki directed all in one box set. Plus, there are some fantastic bonuses as well that will likely justify the price. Currently it’s less than $180, which is a fucking STEAL. If you love animation, BUY THIS.












Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
-Pre-order from today and get the Amazon exclusive Snow Camo Weapon Skin
-Pre-order “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” to gain access to the “Augment Your Pre-Order” program to choose your own rewards
Mighty No. 9
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Kingdom Hearts III
Star Fox Zero
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

One thought on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Link and Zelda and Freaks and Geeks

  1. Has Republique ever been brought up on VGA? I’m really curious about this game but I haven’t heard much talk about it in alot of places a follow online. Same with Trackmania actually. I remember the Wii version but then again did anyone notice back then if it wasn’t first party or shovelware?

    Also I don’t recall anything hostile about the Wii U release of HW. It was a critical and commercial success with a lot of fans including this obnoxious one commenting right now (sorry about that). 😛

    As a plus, the 3DS version is going to bring new content for the Wii U version as well, a cross buy-style feature I want more Nintendo games to employ. I didn’t like the fact you had to buy separate DLC for Smash Bros, even if you could get a bundle deal.

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