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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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Here's another look at a piece of the Challenge Mode from the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection. This is a short snippet compared to the last time I showed you how the compilation slices up parts of the classic six Nintendo Entertainment System titles into bite sized objectives. Have a look at the Remix 1 challenge from Mega Man 6. It's not a perfect performance, but is it enough to earn a gold medal? Watch and find out. Continue reading
Posted 32 minutes ago at Press The Buttons
Nintendo of America set off an Internet gaming community firestorm earlier this year when it announced that it had no plans to release the smaller New Nintendo 3DS system in favor of the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL while, in other regions, both systems were made available. North Americans cried out for the opportunity to buy the smaller, pocket-sized handheld with the exclusive swappable faceplates, and now the company is reversing course and bringing the regular New 3DS stateside. The catch? You'll have to buy a special $219.99 bundle. I hope you like Animal Crossing! On Sept. 25 the New... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
Mega Man Legacy Collection for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC offers something besides the first six original Mega Man games: a new challenge mode. Snippets of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System titles are cut up and rearranged in thematically similar structures and require the player to complete them before time runs out. Watch as I run through a few of these challenges. I'm not a time attack fan, nor a speedrunner, nor a perfectionist. I'm out for fun. If poor Mega Man dies along the way, so be it. Embarrassingly enough, I was actually chatting my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
It's been nearly a year since Bungie and Activision released its ambitious Destiny, so has the big The Taken King expansion prepares to arrive, the time seemed right to look back at the game's performance so far. Blake Grundman tags in Chris Nitz for this discussion while I tag out this week. We've teamed with Strategy Guide Reviews for this week's show as well; the Power Button audio version has exclusive content featuring Blake and I, while the SGR version is a videocast. Either way, there's something for everybody. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
I'm still playing Pinball Arcade's collection of classic pinball tables on my Sony PlayStation 4, sharing the video of my favorite moments across tables such as the classic The Addams Family (*snap* *snap*), the delightful Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Engage!"), and the mysterious Theater of Magic ("You have the magic!"). For even more pinball videos, take a look at my Pinball Arcade and Zen Pinball 2 playlists on YouTube. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
As I rest and deal with my ongoing health issues, one of the distractions I've turned to for help is Farsight Studios and its flagship Pinball Arcade platform for the Sony PlayStation 4. I've stocked up one new tables, adding the Season 2 and Season 4 collections to my base Season 1 package. I've been plowing through the tables, earning trophies and achieving the Standard and, in some cases, Wizard goals on each table. Whenever I score well, I save the video and post it on YouTube for my own amusement and, hopefully, yours as well. Here are three recent... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
There's a listing for an on-disc behind the scenes video. It's probably a collected set of the web videos they released in 2010.
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Telltale Games has received a lot of critical acclaim for its Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead adaptations, but those powerhouse properties have blasted away attention from what I believe to be the company's finest effort: Back to the Future. Trilogy film writer Bob Gale teamed up with the company back in 2010 to create a five episode series continuing the adventures of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and the town of Hill Valley which was released as a downloadable title for last generation consoles. Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of the original film, Telltale is bringing the game to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Press The Buttons
M. Bison is best known as the ultimate villain of the Street Fighter franchise, but there's more to this snappily-dressed warlord's place in history than just as the final challenge at the end of a handful of games. Gavin Jasper at Den Of Geek takes a look back at the many versions of M. Bison to grace the series from series boss to film star to animated ham. It's not all Psycho Drive and Tuesdays for this fearsome force. See, despite Street Fighter’s rather thick storyline (which not only includes the main series, but also Saturday Night Slam Masters, Final... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Press The Buttons
With the last of developer Rocksteady's acclaimed Batman games released at last, it's only right that Blake Grundman and I should take an hour or so to discuss the Dark Knight's final adventure (for now). In this episode, we take you through roughly the first half of Batman: Arkham Knight with spoilers abound up through the point in the story where Batman goes to rescue an important kidnapped hostage. We discuss the Batmobile, Riddler's challenges, Scarecrow's fear toxin side effects, key scenes & elements, and much more. We'll be back to crack open the second half of the game down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Zen Studios continues its fruitful partnership with Marvel with another pinball table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 based on a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man is the latest movie to cross over to the world of pinball, bringing a set of flippers and bumpers featuring elements and set pieces from the Paul Rudd / Michael Douglas action-comedy. See the table in action as I run through it for the first time. I always like to go into new Zen tables blind without reading the table guide first, so I have no idea what I'm supposed to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Press The Buttons
You've probably noticed how quiet things have become here at PTB in the past month, and if you're read my work for long enough, you've probably guessed that I'm once again having some health issues that have kept me away from writing. After a year of remission, my Crohn's Disease has come roaring back with a vengeance which has kept me from being able to do much else besides sleep in my free time. I have new medication that is keeping me stable and am awaiting more new medicine beyond that, but in the meantime, I'm focusing more on recovery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Press The Buttons
With all the pressure and buzz pushing players to preorder the latest new video games sight unseen, how does one know when it's safe to put down money on an unproven product? Who do you trust to release a solid, fun, working game? On this episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the recent bad taste left in the collective mouth of Kickstarter backers after Keiji Inafune asks for new seed money for another game before his last crowdfunded project, Mighty No. 9, is finished. That leads into a spirited back and forth regarding which developers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Another year, another Electronic Entertainment Expo behind us. On this episode of the Power Button podcast, we're joined again by our old friend Ross Polly to discuss the big news and events from E3 2015. We dig into announcements about The Last Guardian, the Final Fantasy VII remake, Star Fox Zero, Microsoft Xbox 360 backward compatibility with the Xbox One, Super Mario Maker, Uncharted 4, and so much more. All this and Pelé, too! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Press The Buttons
The gaming community talks a lot about its love for Nintendo's 1995 Super NES RPG EarthBound (I know I certainly do), but while that one game has a rabid cult following in North America, the game is the middle installment of a full-blown trilogy in Japan. Entitled Mother rather than its localized name, the original game was released for the Famicom in 1989 and very nearly came to North America at the tail-end of the Nintendo Entertainment System generation. It was fully localized with marketing and packaging designed, but with the Super NES era running at a healthy pace and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Every June the video game industry flocks to Los Angeles, California for a week of announcements, reveals, press conferences, demos, and surprises. As we gear up for another Electronic Entertainment Expo, we're joined by our old friend Ross Polly to discuss what we each hope to see at this year's show. Nintendo compilations, Rare's fighting frogs, Capcom loaning out Mega Man, a new PlayStation Vita, and much more are on the list which span from "very likely" to "crazy dream". Also, don't miss Ross's fantastic new name for the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Download this week's episode directly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It's no secret that we're big pinball fans here on Power Button and there are never enough tables out there based on our favorite media properties, so on this week's episode we take the opportunity to spitball some ideas on new tables we'd like to see based on our favorite video games, television shows, movies, and sports. The properties you'd expect to hear about from us are represented (Ghostbusters) as well as some surprises (a table based on the streaming service Hulu?). We also sidequest into how best to consume media in a post-cable world and explore the forgotten corners... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It's a proven fact that the main theme from Nintendo's classic Super Mario 64 (also known as the "Bob-omb Battlefield theme") will make you smile every time you hear it. This also applies to remixes. Joshua Milo has taken the snappy song and reworked it with a kicking drum line and some brass band work to get your feet tapping along to the beat on this hot summer Friday. Slap on your wing cap, grab some red coins, and let's do this! Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Press The Buttons
If you missed out on Nathan Drake's adventures last generation or you just want to relive them on a modern console, then Sony has you covered with today's announcement of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection which packs Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception together for the PlayStation 4. It's coming in October to soothe the pain of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End being delayed into 2016. The PlayStation Blog explains what's included, what isn't, and what's changed. The team at Bluepoint Games is incomparable regarding their portfolio of ports and remastered releases, and we’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It's inevitable that when something easily produced becomes madly popular and wildly profitable that the knock-off versions of that thing will begin to appear in the marketplace. We've seen counterfeit games for years, but now with Nintendo's amiibo generating such high demand we're starting to see the rise of fake versions of those. Amiibo News has a detailed look at the first batch of amiibo that aren't on the level, and surprisingly they're not the rare characters like Marth or Ness which is what I'd expect the counterfeit community to crank out by the crateload. Instead it's commoners like Mario,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Press The Buttons
There's been a lot of talk that the recently released Sony PlayStation 4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV is hideously broken. I've seen the videos that show odd glitches involving repeating audio tracks, invisible projectiles, and characters able to somehow exist in two places at once. Thankfully, I've encountered none of these problems for myself. Check out my Akuma kicking ass in a rival battle against Ryu and a final fight against Seth. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
A few weeks ago we came to terms with the news that Konami was exiting the traditional video game console publishing business in favor of the more lucrative mobile market where microtransactions are king. Just as it seemed as if the days of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill were behind us, now Game Informer brings word that the company has clarified its position and intends to continue creating new games for consoles as well as mobile, arcades, cards, and wherever else games may be. Konami provided us with its own translation of the interview, providing context around the statements... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Thanks to developer Zen Studios providing me with early access, I've spent the weekend exploring the company's newest pinball table based on Valve's popular Portal series. Watch as I set a new high score by completing missions while GLaDOS takes shots at me, Wheatley interferes, and Ratman lurks in the shadows. It's another winning table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 with plenty of fun little touches from the series. The Portal table is available across the Zen product line starting this week. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Video games today are too easy. Back in the glory days of the 16-bit processors, we knew what a hard game was! Join us for this episode of Power Button in which we reminisce about some of the most challenging video games that combine those elusive factors of legitimate difficulty and poor design. Battletoads, Mega Man, Ghosts n' Goblins, Road Runner's Death Valley Rally, Star Wars, and many other familiar titles are offered up on the sacrificial slab. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Press The Buttons
This article was originally published at on May 10, 2006. Mario’s come a long way since his 1981 inception as Jumpman in Donkey Kong. After setting the side-scrolling platformer world on fire in classic games such as Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, our plumber hero moved on to other genres as he sped around in a go-kart, kicked a mean soccer ball, wandered around with a bucket on his head, danced like a madman, became thin as paper, and even taught us how to type. Now years after Super Mario World, the world’s most famous gaming mascot... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Press The Buttons