The Best New Amazon Releases: A Ghost in the Shell for a Fortnite

A live-action anime adaptation joins a much-anticipated shooter alongside two big Nintendo-published 3DS-exclusives… this week on Amazon!

As we approach the end of July, there’s plenty to be excited about. This week, we have brand-spanking new Laser Time covering our thoughts on Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Netflix revival alongside an exclusive interview with none other than Trace Beaulieu! We’ve also got a commentary for the original Planet of the Apes on this week’s Monday Night Movie while Talking Simpsons reaches the end of season 5 (where Talking Simpsons Patrons can get exclusive season wrap-up episodes). Meanwhile, there’s a great slate of games to get hype about alongside some… interesting Blu-rays. Remember, if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll score 20% off new physical releases during their launch window. Additionally, anything you purchase after clicking one of these links will send some scratch to Laser Time… it doesn’t have to be any of the products on this page; literally ANYTHING you buy that visit helps us out. Anywho, onto the new stuff!

The last calendar year has been a big one for personality-based shooters. We’ve had runaway successes like Overwatch and… less successful fare like Battleborn. Fortunately, Fortnite seems to fit a bit more into Blizzard’s niche than Gearbox’s. Epic Games has stayed away from the console market for quite some time and has meticulously put together Fortnite through fastidious betas, alphas, and other prerelease moves. Now that it’s hit the market, we look forward to potentially showing you this MOBA-shooter’s personality. You can jump in already for a reduced price, should you have Amazon Prime’s 20 percent release-window discount!

Hey! Pikmin
Wow, what a weird week for the 3DS! After months of new release scarcity thanks to the Switch, owners of Nintendo’s pure portable have a pair of exclusives featuring some of Ninty’s biggest creations. First up, we have Pikmin’s return after a four-year disappearance. Sure, the 2D look of Hey! Pikmin may seem an affront to the first three games in the franchise, but if Metroid, Zelda, and Mario thrived jumping from 2D to 3D, what’s to say Pikmin can’t do the opposite! Hey! It’s also worth noting that you’ll save 20 percent on Pikmin, should you be an Amazon Prime member…

At first glance, Miitopia seems kind of stupid. While I’d normally scoff at a simplified RPG that swaps out true characters for Nintendo’s in-house create-a-character, the developer’s previous work on Miitomo proves an ability to showcase more personality out of Miis than most Nintendo fare. Then there’s the fact that Find Mii (and its sequel) were way more fun than you’d expect, so I’m definitely considering giving Miitopia a visit. Especially considering the fact that Amazon Prime comes with a 20% discount on this Mii-flavored adventure.

Ghost in the Shell
Okay, it’s a bit weird that a Ghost in the Shell movie came to market with one of America’s whitest actresses, Scarlett Johansson, in the role of notable Japanese android character Motoko Kusanagi, and that’s probably enough reason to dismiss this unnecessary live-action adaptation of the animation-focused GitS series. However, a part of me is interested in seeing a CGI interpretation of the anime’s futuristic Japan environment, and given the fact that Marvel seems hesitant to actually make a Black Widow-focused feature, I’ll take all the Lucys and Ghosts in the Shell to see Scarlett kick ass on screen.

Boss Baby
Boss Baby is the kind of movie that a movie making fun of Dreamworks-level cartoons would present as a Dreamworks movie. However… I’ve actually heard it’s not bad? Alec Baldwin reinvented himself last year with his notable imitation of… sigh… our current president, so his gag that mixes infant behavior with high-level corporate executive weirdly rings true right now. To that end, I’m curious about Boss Baby, and there’s no better time to sate



Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Crackdown 3
Destiny 2
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Metro: Exodus
Monster Hunter World
Metroid: Samus Returns
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

2 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: A Ghost in the Shell for a Fortnite

  1. Give Ghost in the Shell a try. It’s not bat IMO and you will find certain aspects shockingly faithful to the original.

  2. Ghost in the Shell was far better than a lot of people gave it credit for, some people will just always hate a live action adaptation of an Anime regardless of how good it is.

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