Amazon has announced a new perk for Prime members in the form of free same-day delivery from select retail stores. Prime members in or around Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle, and Washington D.C. can now shop from Diesel, GNC, PacSun, and SuperDry through Amazon.com or the Amazon app. Shopping from Sur La Table and 100% Pure will also be available in the coming months. Only some of the participating stores are shoppable in each region at this time. You can see which stores are shoppable in each region here. Same-day delivery is free for Prime members when ordering $25 or more. Otherwise, there is a $2.99 flat fee per delivery for Prime members or $9.99 for non-members. Orders must be placed by 5 pm to receive your items by 10 pm the same day. These orders are packed by and picked up from the retail store itself, not Amazon workers or warehouses. You also have the option to order through Amazon and pick up the items at the store yourself in some cases, which is similar to Amazon’s arrangement with Best Buy for Fire TV Smart TVs.
Amazon has revealed the four new games that will be playable by Prime members completely for free on its Luna cloud gaming service during the month of August. Most notable among them is Control: Ultimate Edition, which is a critically acclaimed triple-A game that is among the best in Luna’s entire catalog. The other free games for August are Myst, the classic adventure puzzle game, Steel Assault, a retro-style action platformer, and Garfield Kart, a racing game starring, you guessed it, Garfield the cat. These Luna games are playable on most Fire TV models, computers, phones, and tablets. They work best with the Luna Controler, thanks to its ability to connect directly to Luna’s game servers over wifi which reduces latency, but any Bluetooth, Xbox, or PlayStation control works as well. You can even use your phone as a virtual controller if you don’t have a physical control yet.
Amazon has teamed up with Grubhub to give all Prime members a free 1-year Grubhub+ subscription. Grubhub+ normally costs $9.99 per month and provides subscribers with unlimited $0 delivery fees on orders of $12 or more at eligible restaurants. It also provides access to exclusive order discounts and free food offers. To redeem your free year of Grubhub+ you have to be a Prime member and then head to this link to activate the subscription. Note that the subscription will automatically begin charging you $9.99/month after the 12 months are up, so be sure to set a calendar reminder to cancel the subscription before the free year is up if you don’t want to pay anything.
Amazon has revealed the free games that Prime members get to play on Amazon Luna next month. For the entire month of June, Prime members can play Far Cry 4, Bloodrayne 2: Terminal Cut, Beach Buggy Racing 2: Hot Wheels Edition, LUMIES REMASTERED, and Moving Out. These games can be played without any kind of sign up or trial. Simply load up the Luna app on your Fire TV or head to the Luna homepage on any PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. For those of you subscribed to a Luna channel, the new games coming in June to channels are Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 for the Luna+ Channel, Mega Man Legacy Collection for the Retro Channel, and Riptide GP: Renegade for the Family Channel.
Amazon is continuing it’s 3rd month of offering Prime members the ability to play select games for free through the Amazon Luna cloud gaming service. For the entire month of May, Prime members can play the motorcycle racing game Ride 4, the first-person sword slashing game Ghost Runner, the stunt driving game Monstor Truck Championship, and the classic arcade shooter Metal Slug 3. Amazon is also adding a few new games in May for those that are subscribed to the various Luna channels. Luna+ Channel subscribers can now play Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Retro Channel subscribers are gaining Capcom Arcade Stadium, and Family Channel can now play Get Packed. Remember, you can now use a smart phone as a virtual controler to play these Luna games if you don’t have a physical gamepad. It’s certainly not ideal, but good enough to at least see how good your connection to the service is before shelling out for something like the Luna Controller.
As promised last month, Amazon is adding new games that Prime members can play for free on its Luna cloud gaming service during the month of April. Starting tomorrow, Prime members will be able to play the games Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition and Amnesia: Rebirth for free, which normally require a subscrition to the Luna+ Channel. Also playable for free are the games King of Fighters ’98, which is part of the Retro Channel, and Tracks, which is part of the Family Channel. All four games can be played without any subscription fees during April, as long as you are a Prime member. For those of you who do have a subsctiption to the Luna+ Channel, the games Lost Judgment, Okami HD, and Sonic Colors are being added some time in April.
Amazon Luna, the cloud gaming service that can be played through Fire TVs, phones, computers, tablets, and other devices, is having a big day of new announcements and one of those announcements is the addition of a new Prime Gaming Channel to Luna which allows Prime members the ability to play a selection of games completely for free. Each month, new free games will be rotated in starting with 4 games today and a fifth game being made available in about a week. There’s nothing to sign up for. Just launch the Luna app or head to the Luna site through a browser and start playing. You don’t even need a physical game controller thanks to a new virtual controller options. Read more ›
Amazon Prime members can play 4 different Luna cloud games for free, as much as they want, through September 15. The available free games are Metro Exodus, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (Gold Edition), Katamari Damacy REROLL, and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. An invitation to Luna is not required. Just launch the Luna app on a Fire TV, Fire tablet, or compatible browser/PC/phone and start playing.
Twitch Prime launched nearly 4 years ago and has been giving gamers with a Prime membership a regular stream of free games and in-game loot, as well as 1 free Twitch channel subscription for their favorite streamer, ever since. Amazon is now making the Prime perk a bit more of a 1st-party offering by rebranding it as Prime Gaming. This detaches it from Twitch, the live streaming platform, and better aligns it with Amazon’s core offerings, like Prime Video and Prime Music. Prime Gaming still offers Prime members the same benefits that Twitch Prime offered, but a rebranding is often a precursor to something bigger coming in the near future.
Get this Nintendo Switch Online Deal
Amazon has teamed up with Nintendo to give all Prime members up to 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online benefits for free. This is part of Twitch Prime, which gives Prime members extra perks, at no extra cost, when you link your Amazon and Twitch accounts. This online access gives Nintendo Switch owners the ability to play online, access to classic NES games, and more. If you already have a paid Nintendo Switch Online account, the 12 month free offer will stack on top of your existing access and extend it by 12 months. If you’re interested, follow me on Twitch because I’ve been thinking of doing live Q&A / News / Help streams there in the near future.