The Best New Amazon Releases: May The Force Be Pikachu


Arguably November’s biggest game arrives this week (not Mario Tennis), along with the ultimate Miyazaki box set and the ultimate unwanted Hobbit box set…

These have been some exciting times at the old Laser Time homestead. Our friend Brett Elston has officially joined the team thanks to all the new support on the Laser Time Patreon. Not only that, but Laser Time has reached its 200th episode! What an exciting time for the site! But that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels,as this week sees another update in our weekly list of Amazon new releases, fronted by the return of the gorgeous Star Wars Battlefront, as well as a couple Nintendo games, a Ghibli box set and (ugh) an extended version of The Hobbit movies. Take a look and buy whatever interests you, knowing it helps support Laser Time at no extra cost to you…

Star Wars Battlefront
It feels like this was announced a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but EA’s reboot of the Star Wars’ greatest shooting franchise has arrived. Today will be a day long remembered, laser brains. Oh thank the maker, and – eh, it’d be cheap to just fill this with Star Wars quotes. The short version is this game looks incredible, you can play as alll the most famous heores and villains of the original trilogy, fight on multiple famous locales, and blow up a god damn AT-AT. There’s even promise of Episode VII content in the the $50 season pass (that’s a lot for a DLC pass, isn’t it?) Also, if you’re looking for a new console with the game, grab the special edition PS4 which comes with Star Wars Bounty Hunter from the PS2 for some reason.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
This week in November is typically when Nintendo launches its biggest games of the year. This week has seen the launch of Smash Bros., Zeldas, and Super Mario games, and this week we get… Mario Tennis for Wii U? Look, you’ll find few people who love Mario Tennis more than the old Hankster, but this is just a little bit underwhelming. If the latest Nintendo Direct hadn’t shown a strong lineup for 2016, this would be even sadder, but as it stands this should be a totally ok Mario sports title, likely as passably good as the last 3DS entry. It’s no Star Fox or Metroid, but Wii U owners should be used to lower expectations at this point.

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Speaking of underwhelming Nintendo launches, their ‘big’ release for 3DS this holiday season is a new Mystery Dungeon spin-off. These games have always been a bit of a conundrum to me – the roguelike genre is one of the most hardcore in games, yet Nintendo hires the masters of the form, Chunsoft, to make a simpler version for kids of the world. Oh well, it’s not for me to reason why, I suppose. However, I think I’ll stick with trying to finish Omega Ruby instead, thanks.

Deadpool Remaster
And here we thought we’d seen the last of this game when Activision aggressively delisted it at the close of 2014. It seems the Deadpool game is as unkillable as its protagonist, because his silly little action game has returned, this time spit-polished for a new-gen remastering. This PS4 and Xbox One port seems simple enough, with most of the DLC packed in and little else, but if you didn’t play this one the first time around, it’s an amusing adventure covered in blood and swears. Ya know, the type of thing Marvel usually frown upon (though I don’t think you’ll see Wade Wilson smoking in this one.

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. Out this November, this looks like a great gift for those you love most.

Avatar: The Complete Series + Book
I feel bad I’ve never really watched this show – I’ve seen more of Korra than I have of the original. For those looking to give it a shot, as well as longtime fans, this special Amazon edition of the entire series looks to be an great value for noobs and collectors alike. You not only get every episode, but also a companion book. Not unlike the Miyazaki set, it looks like Amazon is giving these special editions of niche loves like this the royal treatment, and I’m definitely excited for what else is on the way.

Hobbit, The: Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Cut)
Wait, I wanted something fun, not to be tortured! Growing up, I loved the book The Hobbit so much, and dreamed of the day I’d see Bilbo Baggins confront Smaug on the big screen. When that moment finally happened, it was everything I dreamed it would be. The other 8 hours of film, not so much. Just like Lucas, Peter Jackson spent a lot of good will with this indulgent prequel trilogy that was at least one film longer than it needed to be. And now you can get the full extended edition of the trilogy, which has even an hour more footage! Oh man, think of how many songs and poems Jackson could fit into this one. If you’re still a fan of Jackson’s Middle-earth, then you’ll be wanting this, otherwise I’d avoid another visit to Laketown.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Wait, did this film actually come out in theaters? And it’s already out on Blu-ray? This was the most forgettable film of the summer, remaking a TV show no one under 50 remembers, starring the most generically handsome men in Hollywood, directed by the Guy responsible for the equally forgettable Sherlock Holmes films. Boy, I’m not selling you folks on this, am I? Well, if you enjoyed Man of Steel (I didn’t), then you’ll want to see Superman in his first starring role since then. Check it out.











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5 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: May The Force Be Pikachu

  1. I can only hope, in the future, we will see a Jackson edit that pars the movie down to a concise 90 or 120 minute film you know, one derived from a short children’s novel. Alongside how he might have been coaxed to,do it by coked up executives who saw books are great if you break them up. But it does seem more likely that Jackson thought he not only could, but his fans needed him to make another trilogy of epic high fantasy. I suppose it shows, even in big, loud, stupid, and derivative Hollywood, auteurs can still self-felate and we get to see the results. Yay?

  2. I haven’t played the Next Gen port of Deadpool yet but unless they screwed it up royal I’d say it is worth getting. It has the action of a simpler DMC but not so demanding, and if you’re sensitive so seeing D’s and C’s on the result screen (like I am) you’ll never have to be reminded of your mediocrity. The humor is very solid and it actually made me pick up a Deadpool comic collection.

  3. Deadpool is a fun game, but there wasn’t a lot of DLC (Only two 2 challenge levels & 2 alternate suits) for the game, so this is really just the game for the Xbox One and PS4.

    Oof to the Man from UNCLE. I actually enjoyed the film, and there are plenty of things I like about it (the three leads, soundtrack, the comedy moments). Kingsman is still the best spy movie this year, but I would rank Mission Impossible and Man from UNCLE right underneath it. But yeah, no one really saw or cared about UNCLE.

  4. I did it. I spend the money on the Miyazaki collection. And it’s worth every penny.

    Wish it had more features, though. Or at least the features from the individual DVDs.

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