The Best New Amazon Releases: Mario & Rabbids Join The Yakuza

Mario’s (second) biggest game of the year, the (second) best Yakuza game of the year, and some other genuine best stuff is new on Amazon this week!

The last week of August is keeping things HOT with some of the best game and movies newly released on Amazon alongside some neat stuff here at Laser Time. Round these parts we have a new Laser Time about the last living cast members in movies, a Monday Night Movie for Hot Rod a Vidjagame Apocalypse about eclipses, a Thirty Twenty Ten covering Michael Jackson’s Bad, GoldenEye 64, and Princess Di’s death, and Talking Simpsons visiting Itchy and Scratchy Land. Meanwhile, our pair o Patreons features a SummerSlam-recapping Cheap Popcast and a no-sync commentary for CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar on Laser Time’s Patreon while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features Doris Grau’s shining performance on The Criti, the longest Talking Simpsons episode ever with Sideshow Bob Roberts, and a bonus episode covering recent Simpsons developments. Remember, 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!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
I can’t remember a game that has changed the minds of the gaming public for the better quite as sharply as Mario + Rabbids. Before E3 when leaks aplenty pit Mario alongside those annoying Minion-like Rabbids, I think most gamers wouldn’t have batted an eye at a cancellation. However, after the game’s E3 reveal, it jumped to the top of many gamers’ non-Mario Odyssey most-anticipated release list. Nintendo has spun Mario off into just about every genre imaginable, but somehow we’ve never had a tactical RPG starring the portly plumber. As an XCOM fanatic and Mario fan, I’m jazzed for Kingdom Battle and the early reviews have me even more hyped. You can bet we’ll stream Mario + Rabbids at some point this week and chat about it quite a bit on this week’s Vidjagame Apocalypse.

Yakuza Kiwami
Sweet Weeabo Jesus, what a wonderful bounty of Yakuza games have been bestowed upon Western audiences as of late! Earlier in the year we got Yakuza Zero, a prequel that set up the long-running saga of kindly gangster Kazuma Kiryu, this week we get a remake of the original Yakuza (which thankfully excises Michael Madsen’s half-hearted dialogue in favor of the more authentic subtitled experience), and in a little over a half-year, we’re getting Yakuza 6. I’m already all in on Kiwami as I missed out on the original Yakuza when it hit PS2, so you can expect some discussion of YK on VGA, and hopefully a stream too! And hopefully all of this hype will convince Sega to translate the just-announced Kiwami 2, which gives the second game an HD upgrade just like Kiwami itself!

Everybody’s Golf
Look, I’m not a guy who anxiously awaits for new PGA Tour games each year (also called “The Franchise Formerly Known As Tiger Woods PGA Tour”), nor can I tell you the name of any pro golfer after the eras of Tiger Woods and Happy Gilmore, but once in a while a golf game can grab me. Usually, it’s due to a unique visual style and simplified gameplay (see Powerstar Golf, Outlaw Gof, Ribbit King), and one of the franchises at the forefront of little Davey hitting the links was the PlayStation 1’s Hot Shots Golf. I’m not sure why Sony has relinquished that franchise name (Abraham-Zucker copyright perhaps?), but Everybody’s Golf still keeps that more action-y take on golf with a nice cutesy visual style that is far more enticing than old dudes in khakis and button-up shirts.

Here’s how great future US President Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is. He got me to care about Baywatch! As a teen, I *should* have been a prime candidate for Nicole Eggert and Pamela Anderson in swimsuits, but for more explicit viewing material and far more interesting shows took up more of my time. However, a more comedic take on lifeguarding starring The Most Electrifying Man in All Entertainment (I’m of course talking about Zac Efron) is way more up my alley. I missed seeing this most recent hit movie creation from The Rock in theaters, but finally, Baywatch HAS COME BACK (but not back)… TO HOME VIDEO (where I’ll be sure to give it a watch).

The Man With Two Brains
Among Steve Martin’s amazing early comedic works like The Jerk, Three Amigos, Roxanne, and Planes Trains And Automobiles, it’s easy to overlook the also-hilarious The Man With Two Brains. Martin stars as one of my all-time favorite-named characters Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr in a slapstick comedy about a scientist who learns how to telepathically communicate with others, including the disembodied cranium of Sissy Spacek. It’s not *quite* as wacky as The Jerk or as cleverly-written as Three Amigos or Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, but it’s a damn sight better than the likes of Sgt. Bilko or the sequels to Father of the Bride and Cheaper by the Dozen!



Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
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

3 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Mario & Rabbids Join The Yakuza

  1. OMFG! I did not expect to love Mario + Rabbids as much as I did, especially since XCOM2 didn’t really do it for me. (The surprise attack element in XCOM2 really pushed map memorization rather than adaptation like the first Firaxis XCOM)

    I didn’t think I’d be as happy with just 3 characters and smaller battles but it’s so great! It kind of pushes the game towards puzzle game because of that. And the dynamic movement and turn order changes are great, fire THEN move! And 0% 50% and 100% instead of esoteric RNG calculations that usually mean in XCOM, that anything less than 80% will not hit.

    I feel like every new Switch game is my new favorite Switch game.

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