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Matthew Green
Matthew Green's personal gaming blog, Press The Buttons, is updated daily.
Interests: television, piano, movies, photography, video games
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Ripped from the headlines! On this week's episode of Power Button we shine a light on the selfish, shameless, or otherwise misguided behavior of some of video gaming's most reprehensible traitors and colluders. Join us for an hour of shocking betrayals, plus we're also giving away a free eShop code for the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC. Listen to this episode and the send the answer to the contest question to before the end of the day Monday, July 24, 2017. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Our journey through Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is not over yet because Nintendo has released the first major piece of its Expansion Pass DLC. The Master Trials adds a variety of legacy items, new modes, and interesting extras to a game that already felt packed full of content. On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I spend an hour digging into the new material and discussing whether or not it's a worthwhile buy. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Children of the night, what episodes they make. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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An astronomy and instrumentation student in the Netherlands recently used a Game Boy Camera combined with a telescope to capture images of the Moon and infinities beyond. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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When it comes to the glory days of the 16-bit console mascots, it's easy to rattle off a list of characters that are not Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog. Invariably I always want to list Rayman in the company of Bubsy and Plok, but then I remember that Rayman never appeared on the Super NES or Sega Genesis. Instead he was born on the Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and Atari Jaguar. He just feels like he should have come from the 16-bit era though, and it's probably a lingering half-memory of early Rayman magazine coverage that's responsible for this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo is back to raise and dash our hopes with the new Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition console featuring twenty-one built-in Super NES games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. On this week's episode of the podcast, Blake Grundman and I dig into the included games to discuss the best of the bunch and then outline the history of Star Fox 2 and why it's so exciting that fans will finally be able to play it. Crank up the volume and PLAY IT LOUD! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Press The Buttons
It's almost like he's losing perspective and patience with his repeated failures continually haunting him.
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Lots of things happened to Star Fox 2 after it was shelved in 1995. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sure, we've all played our share of Street Fighter II, but how often have you actually gone inside of the game itself? Let's journey back to the end of the twentieth century and join Ryu, Ken, Guile, and your other favorite World Warriors as you climb aboard the Street Fighter II Ride created by Shadix Media and Showscan as licensed by Capcom. Depicting the cast of Super Street Fighter II as 3D Virtua Fighter-type models rather than 2D sprites, riders are thrust into the game to take on M. Bison and his Shadowlaw gang before they can escape into the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
Yep, still have my old SNES alive and kicking, although I've never wanted to pay the prices for repro carts. I can't even get myself to budge for Mother 3, although whenever I see it at conventions, it is outrageously expensive.
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Capcom's Mega Man series gets a lot of OverClocked ReMix love, and delightfully it's not all Air Man and Dr. Wily stage remixes. Today I'd like to bring your attention to a funky jazz remix of Mega Man 3's Spark Man stage by Nostalvania/Markus who brings the funky bass, violin, and organ to the mix along with a variety of fittingly electric instruments with "Rock My Socket". Come for the bass pounding out the introductory measures of the theme, stay for the organ solo, and linger afterward for the rejected titles for this track including "I'm Live And Alive" and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I've decided I will try to preorder if I have the opportunity, but no endless searches or scalper prices for me. I'd love to have one, but won't spend a lot of emotional energy to buy one. Star Fox 2 will end up on a Virtual Console service somewhere eventually. I've waited 20 years. I can wait a little longer if I must.
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Following up on last year's hard-to-find Nintendo Entertainment System mini console, Nintendo has just announced a Super NES counterpart. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition is headed to stores in North America on September 29, 2017 with two controller and twenty-one built-in games including the never before released Star Fox 2 for $79.99. It's probably already sold out. Anyways, here are the included games according to the press release: Contra III: The Alien Wars™ Donkey Kong Country™ EarthBound™ Final Fantasy III F-ZERO™ Kirby™ Super Star Kirby’s Dream Course™ The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™ Mega Man®... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I've been asking digital pinball table publishers like Zen Studios to develop a Mega Man pinball table for years now, but I completely missed out on the fact that Capcom authorized such a table in 2004 exclusively for pre-smartphone mobile devices. Frank Cifaldi dug it up on Twitter yesterday evening and really started me thinking again about how Mega Man needs to star in a pinball table right away. Can you imagine this little mobile idea blown up large for consoles? Here's how the Mega Man Knowledge Base wiki describes the game: The game features three Robot Masters from Mega... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Goodbye, Arcade Bunny. I hope we meet again. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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As another E3 draws to a close it's time to review and recap the year's biggest week in gaming. Join us with annual guest Ross Polly to discuss all the news and excitement including Microsoft's new Xbox One X console; classic Xbox games arriving on Xbox One; Blake's excitement for Crackdown 3, Sony hitting trailers hard with teases for the new Uncharted, Spider-Man, and Days Gone; Ubisoft's ambitious Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Assassin's Creed: Origins; and Nintendo's big showcase featuring Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Prime 4, Metroid: Samus Returns, Yoshi, Kirby, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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While the toys-to-life market is shrinking after the withdrawal of Disney Infinity from the business, Nintendo continues to support its successful amiibo line with over a dozen new figurines announced at E3 2017 based around Mario, Peach, and Bowser in wedding attire from Super Mario Odyssey; the four champions from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; assorted Links from other Zelda games; Goomba and Koopa Troopa from the world of Super Mario Bros.; Samus Aran and a metroid from Metroid: Samus Returns; new Fire Emblem entries; and more. It's an impressive product range that offers at least one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo surprised every today during the company's E3 2017 showcase by announcing two new Metroid games. Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch was revealed with a logo and a statement that the game is in development, while the Treehouse Live broadcast spent nearly an hour discussing Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS which is an updated remake of 1991's Metroid II: Return of Samus from the Game Boy era. Not since the coming of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion fifteen years ago have Samus Aran fans had so much Metroid on the way. Here's the bullet points from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I would hope they would. Isn't that a proud Spider-Man game tradition? I recall a PS1 game that offered that.
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The collaboration between Insomniac Games and Marvel Entertainment continues to develop as Sony debuted new gameplay footage of Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 at the company's E3 media briefing last night. Coming off as Spider-Man: Arkham City with shades of Uncharted thanks to the takedowns, quicktime events, and seemingly linear story, Spider-Man closed out the show and had everyone hungry for more. Here's the clip: I was excited when Marvel announced it was getting back into the gaming business and was teaming with top talent to create the big budget games their characters deserve in addition to the smaller fare.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Press The Buttons
You should play at least the first one, maybe the second one after, and then stop. There are no other Bubsy sequels. Nope, not a one.
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Microsoft formally announced the finalized version of its Project Scorpio experiments at E3 2017 this week, the result of which is the Doomsday Device Xbox One X console. Designed as a 4K-capable beast of a machine, Microsoft is boasting that it's the most powerful home console ever. It has gigaflops and liquid cooling! Certainly sounds advanced to me. So do you need one? Should Xbox One owners upgrade? Or is the X1X a PlayStation 4 Pro-like optional step up? Stephen Totilo at Kotaku explains your options. “We’re all about 4K, as you know,” Microsoft’s Moore said near the kickoff of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Aching for something to play on your Microsoft Xbox One and feel like reaching into the past? Grab your old original Xbox games and prepare to party like its 2001 all over again because Microsoft has announced that its extended the Xbox One's backward compatibility past the Xbox 360 into the realm of the original Xbox console. Jeremy Parrish at Retronauts points out how big a deal this is from the game preservation perspective. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has often been a selling point for the machine in the past, often with the arrival of something legendary that’s not easily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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If you consider how Nintendo characters tend to hop around each others' worlds, it makes sense how Rare's Banjo-Kazooie exists in the same world as Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. Banjo appeared in the Nintendo 64 version of Diddy Kong Racing (back when the two companies were best of business buddies) who, of course, co-starred with Donkey Kong Country's Diddy Kong. Kong co-starred with Donkey Kong in DKC, and he bumps into Mario all of the time in the Mario vs Donkey Kong series which, and you know where I'm going with this, stars Mario himself. This transitive property gets us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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He is the terror that flaps in the night! He is the Perler bead sculpture that I bought at Megacon a few weeks ago! He is Darkwing Duck as seen in Capcom's Nintendo Entertainment System game of the same name which was recently re-released as part of The Disney Afternoon Collection for modern consoles and PC. I came across the Perly Pixels Perler bead art shop while I was roaming the dealer tables and this Darkwing sculpture caught my eye immediately. In fact, artist Luis had the whole Capcom Disney set there including characters from Rescue Rangers and Talespin, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Press The Buttons