The Best New Amazon Releases: Rick & Morty on the Mirror’s Edge of Zootopia


A much-anticipated first-person platformer sequel, a new Kirby game, the best (non-Marvel) Disney movie of 2016, and the best cartoon on TV round out this week’s best new Amazon releases!

It’s June, hooray! There’s so much to look forward to this month, including a sweet slate of Monday Night Movies, E3 next week, and a surprisingly big month when it comes to new games and movies! We’ve got a first-person sequel seven years in the making, a cute as heck Kirby game, some nice niche Japanese games, and two must-have Blu-rays. The best part? There’s a 20% physical game discount for new games for Amazon Prime members! Welp, this right here is the edge of the intro paragraph, so let’s move onto the new games and movies!

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
While it’s a little sad to see that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst isn’t reviewing as well as the 2009 original, MEC is still pretty (and pretty intruiging). There are few avenue to practice first-person parkour without the risk of injury and if you want to see what your Laser Bros think of the game, just tune in and watch us play Mirror’s Edge Catalyst LIVE on Twitch Tuesday at 3PM! If you’re on the edge about buying this one, you can keep the Faith with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst on PlayStation 4 (shown above), but you can also go running to Xbox One and PC. There’s also a Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll be on the edge of a 20% discount!

Kirby: Planet Robobot
New Kirby games are like Rodney Dangerfield. They get no respect! While other Nintendo franchises like Star Fox and Metroid can vary between being a critical darling one year and a punching bag for the public another year, Kirby platformers are the most dependable games you can put in your console or handheld. It’s tough to mess up Kirby’s floaty jumps and power-stealing swallow, and it seems as though Planet Robobot nails all that and more, as Kirby can pilot mechs based on the powers he’s siphoned from foes!  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll save 20% on the pink puffball’s new adventure. That certainly doesn’t suck!

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
We’ve seen so many remakes this generation that put games that millions of people played into the exact same hands they were on the PS3 and 360. What ever happened to remakes like Beyond Good and Evil that attempted to get rare releases in the hands of gamers who unfortunately missed out the first time around? The original Odin’s Sphere wasn’t on the radar of many gamers when it released on the PlayStation 2 in mid-2007 (some six months after the PS3’s release). Now you can get this high-def remake and experience the role-playing magic on almost any device with the word PlayStation on it! The sphere of versions is quite large, as you can get this game on PS4 (shown above) PS3 and Vita. There’s also the Storybook Edition exclusive to the PlayStation 4. Regardless of which game you choose in that sphere, you’ll save 20% if you’re an Amazon Prime member!

Guilty Gear Xrd – Revelator
Amongst fighting games, Guilty Gear is quite the, er, guilty pleasure. Sure, there’s some fun fighters in the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat universes, but while play as karate guys and ninjas when you can fight with belt-festooned homages to rock and roll stars. From Axl Low to Chip Zanuff, you’ll see more old-school metal in Guilty Gear than your local Hard Rock Cafe (do those exist anymore)? Anyway, the Xrd games brought a great new visual style to the GG franchise, and Revelator brings some great new characters and balancing to the fray. While the PS4 version would be our Xst choice, it’s also availabe on a Xnd console; PS4 (shown above) PS3. Amazon Prime members save 20%, which is a much higher number than X… I think.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
The Atelier franchise has been working its magic since the original PlayStation (in Japan), but we’ve yet to see this charming role-playing series teleport to new-gen consoles. Fortunately, American’s needn’t wait any longer for the PS4 debut, as we get The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book this week. If you’ve been enjoying this series’ magic-crafting tools since the PS2 days, Atelier Sophie should be choice. Unlike every other Japanese-developed PS4 game this week, you don’t have to hem and haw about which patform to get ASTAOTMB on, as it’s only out on the quatro! There’s not much alchemy to this game’s deal; if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll save 20%. Simple as that!

Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season
Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! Even though we still don’t know when we’ll be getting ten more glorious episodes of Adult Swim’s bizarre science-comedy, another Blu-ray featuring the show in its highest quality with special features out the butt will preoccupy us for awhile. After becoming an overnight hit with a near-perfect first season, Justin Roiland and company somehow made an even better sophmore season with classics like the time-skewing premiere, the slavery-battery parable of “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the earworm-inducing “Get Schwifty” (SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT), and my personal favorite R&M episode “Total Rickall.” I personally cannot wait to watch this Blu-ray to get to know even more about Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, Summer, and Mr. Poopy Butthole (who has been around since the beginning).

Has Disney has been on a roll lately or what?! Sure, you can always depend on the likes of Pixar and Marvel, and any flick featuring a princess and musical number will become an instant classic, but Zootopia proves that the company can hit it big with any kind of animated tail… er, tale. In what will probably fuel the world’s next generation of furries, the animal metropolis and the crime-fighters within it pack in so much charm, cuteness, and unabashed fun that I can’t help but book a return visit. The Blu-ray has plenty of info-packed features that should be fun to dive into before Disney ends up making a million sloth spinoffs.


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.








Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
-Pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to obtain all the following items: Covert Agent Packs, Digital OST Sampler, Extra In Game Mission and Digital Books
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
Gears of War 4
Mafia III
-Pre-order from today and get the and get the “Family Kick-Back” incentive, which includes 3 custom themed cars and weapons, which have a high value with in-game benefits.
LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition
-Pre-order for early access to Empire Strikes Back character pack, which includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in cold weather gear, the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City, as well as the deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett in his original concept art white armor

2 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Rick & Morty on the Mirror’s Edge of Zootopia

  1. Zootopia really surprised me with how good it was. It was off my radar for most of its existence. Usually there’s some pitch that makes an animated film interesting, but with Zootopia the entire pitch (and focus of its first terrible trailer) was “hey, what if animals acted LIKE HUMANS?!?! HOW ORIGINAL IS THAT?!” Er, no, every single Disney animated movie ever made has anthopomorphized animals. Fortunately the final result was something quite special. I’m just glad they flipped it (at the last minute supposedly) so that the rabbit cop was the focus, not Nick the fox (see again the first trailer, where Nick is the main character).

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