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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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Speaking of the Battletoads, today Yacht Club Games announced that not only is it bringing last year's indie smash Shovel Knight to the Microsoft Xbox One, but a few special guest characters are along for the ride. While the Sony PlayStation family of Shovel Knight ports will feature God of War's Kratos, the Xbox One version reintroduces Rash, Zitz, and Pimple for their first gaming appearance since 1994. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It has been so much fun to bring the radical... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
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The runaway of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in the late 1980s and early 1990s spawned numerous imitators all scraping for a piece of the large talking radical heroic manimal market, but the one to make the biggest splash in the world of video games has to be Rare's infamous Battletoads. Starring three tubular toad dudes named oh-so-gnarly names like Rash, Pimple, and Zitz, the 'toads appeared in a series of games for the Nintendo, Sega, arcade, and PC platforms of the day between 1991 and 1994 before vanishing just as quickly as they first appeared. Today the original... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
This is all there is for now, although IGN had some Zelda pages a few months ago too.
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Jeremy Parish is at it again with his The Anatomy Of Games series, this time turning the microscope to 2002's Metroid Fusion for the Game Boy Advance. After tackling the previous three games in the series, Parish is ready to dig into Samus Aran's last traditional 2D adventure and isn't afraid to offer up criticism where criticism is deserved. Right off the bat he lays out how Fusion differs in tone from its beloved predecessor, Super Metroid: Metroid Fusion came into a world that had little patience for its predecessor’s style. Super Metroid expected observation and patience and mental synthesis... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
READY! We've finally assembled three of Mega Man's comic book and resource material scribes together in the same virtual room to discuss all things blue bomber. Welcome back to the show Ian Flynn (the writer behind Archie's Mega Man comics), Matt Moylan (Managing Editor of UDON Entertainment, publisher of blue bomber art books), and David Oxford (author of The Robot Master Field Guide). You've heard them all separately on past shows, but this is the main mega event! We have nearly two hours of discussion for you and we answer all of your audience-submitted questions. Learn about the upcoming Mega... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
There's a new trailer for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight turning heads online this week as the villainous Scarecrow returns to Gotham City for his final revenge. Having brought the other surviving members of Batman's Rogues Gallery together for one last strike, they intend to conquer the city and finally... take... their reven- I'm sorry, but Scarecrow's voice in that trailer is driving me crazy over here. It sounds so familiar. He'd been recast since his last speaking appearance in the original Arkham Asylum, and this new performance is so much creepier, so much more intimidating than before, but I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
F-Zero! Well, we did say we wanted to revisit this topic sometime...
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And Blake really means what he said, too! I'm sure of it. And if not, I can make him sure of it through the magic of editing.
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The green flag has dropped on this week's episode of the Power Button podcast in which Blake Grundman and I take some of our favorite racing games for a spin. We discuss the merits of popular titles like Burnout Paradise, Need for Speed, Mario Kart, Mega Man Battle & Chase, Sonic Riders, Diddy Kong Racing, and many more. Join us for the checkered flag shocker in which the final showdown of Mario Kart versus Diddy Kong Racing is settled once and for all. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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UPDATE: We received a lot of great questions via Twitter and were able to ask them all. Listen for the answers on a future episode of the podcast! READY? After months of lead-in, it's finally time. We're recording the big Mega Man episode of the Power Button podcast tonight in which we're joined by three of the biggest voices in Mega Man publications: Ian Flynn (the writer behind Archie's Mega Man comics), Matt Moylan (Managing Editor of UDON Entertainment, publisher of blue bomber art books), and David Oxford (author of The Robot Master Field Guide). You've heard them all separately... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Press The Buttons
If behave well, you can go to Disneyland. If you misbehave, you have to go to the Oceanside Spider House which sounds much more unpleasant. Also, I like the idea that there are so many spider houses in Termina that they have to differentiate them with a qualifier like "Oceanside".
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"Get a good report card and we go to Disneyland for our vacation. Get a bad report card and we go somewhere else." pic.twitter.com/sRpqBswc3m— Nadia Oxford (@nadiaoxford) February 17, 2015 @PressTheButtons It just kind of stuck out to me. Great Bay. Water. Trees. Umbrellas. Tourist shop. SPIDER HOUSE.— Nadia Oxford (@nadiaoxford) February 18, 2015 Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Press The Buttons
In honor of Valentine's Day we're spending this week's episode of the Power Button podcast discussing some of our favorite gaming relationships: the romances, the platonic pals, the bromances, and beyond. Mario/Peach? Got it. Link/Zelda? Well, which one? Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan's all-star team-up? Covered. The Walking Dead, EarthBound, Chrono Trigger, Gears of War, and many more all get their due. Listen to it with someone special. 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 aggregation software of choice, and be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It's the Deadpool quotes, I bet. I had bleeped them during editing, but then the quotes made no sense (more bleeps than words). Since they were quotes related to the topic and not our own chosen words, I decided to let it go through uncensored this time. We did show some restraint, to our credit. Originally I had planned to use the closing theme song from Deadpool as the outro music, but it's lyrics are so full of profanity that there was no way to bleep it and keep it intact, so that was cut and replaced with Psycho Mantis's theme from Metal Gear Solid. Sometimes it's all about compromises.
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Capcom's famous Street Fighter II has been ported to all kinds of gaming hardware from classic to modern, but the strangest and most unlikely place it's appeared so far has to be on Nintendo's quickly discontinued Virtual Boy platform. It's not an official product, of course; fans have brought the game to the failed system under the title Hyper Fighting. Kotaku has compiled the story: Homebrew games have existed in the still-active Virtual Boy community for a while now, and someone finally took a shot at making Street Fighter II. The project has been floating around for a few years,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Can't believe we forgot that one!
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Hey, listen! My inside sources have smuggled a page of the Netflix Zelda script to me. Looks faithful to the game! pic.twitter.com/ifQpWYz0GY— Matthew Green (@PressTheButtons) February 8, 2015 Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Hey, you! Yeah, you, the person reading this. You wanna listen to a video game podcast? This week on Power Button, we're talking about games that reach out to break the fourth wall and directly address or interact with the player rather than the protagonist. Eternal Darkness, Sonic the Hedgehog, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Super Mario 64, Deadpool, Metal Gear Solid, The Simpsons Game, and other favorite games are brought up and discussed all for the benefit of you, the audience. We hope you enjoy this dive through the fourth wall. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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After years of hearing about Nintendo's refusal to license its characters out to Hollywood following the financial disaster that was 1993's Super Mario Bros. film, imagine how shocked we all were today to learn that Netflix and Nintendo are working on a live-action television series based on The Legend of Zelda. Everyone's hungry for details, but here's all the Wall Street Journal can tell us so far: The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on Zelda, about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Press The Buttons
But you gotta believe! It's the final surprise! Or not. The way they're handling orders and allotment this time makes me wish they'd been doing it this way all along. Maybe if people felt they had a chance at being able to order the better prizes, there'd have been more interest in the program. Of course, that would have increased the Club's costs. It's a trade-off.
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If you think it's difficult to track down regular amiibo figurines, just wait until Nintendo releases special gold and silver variants of beloved characters like Mario. A little snooping around Nintendo's website today revealed the existence of the special edition versions, although there's no word on when or where you'll see them available (and Nintendo has removed the PDFs that revealed all of this in the first place). I've heard speculation that these are everything from contest prizes to extremely limited edition items for sale to retailer exclusives to the final Club Nintendo platinum and gold level prizes for this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Sony has been pushing its streaming cloud music service Music Unlimited for years now, but offering has failed to gain any significant traction in the market, so the company is shutting it down later this year. In its place comes a new partnership with Spotify to bring that service to the PlayStation 3, PS4, and select Xperia devices under the guise of PlayStation Music. Here's the PlayStation Blog with the news: The new service will launch initially on PS4 and PS3, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. You’ll of course be able to listen to your favorite playlists –... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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It's time to cash out your last lingering coins in the North American Club Nintendo now that the final prizes have been revealed. A few new physical items are available including a messenger bag and a jigsaw puzzle both featuring artwork from The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask as well as new posters centered around Super Smash Bros. There's also dozens of downloadable games available including Virtual Console classics, eShop exclusives, and full retail releases for Wii U and 3DS. Some of these games have never been offered on Club Nintendo before or were previously Platinum or Gold level prizes.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to the departing Joystiq on this week's episode of the Power Button podcast as we discuss the changing world of the video game media business. Long ago magazines were the big upstarts, then those gave way to blogs, then podcasts muscled in, and now everything is Let's Plays and unboxing videos. Those who can't keep up risk being closed down by their corporate masters ever in search of rising quarterly profits. And speaking of rising profits and Lets Plays, we also dip into the recent controversy surrounding Nintendo's YouTube partnership... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The Mortal Kombat series has always been [in]famous for its shocking brutality, but the next game in the franchise, Mortal Kombat X, takes things to a level that horrifies even Super Bowl all-stars. Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski join Conan O'Brien for the latest Clueless Gamer segment of Conan in which the two tough guys and the talk show host sit down to play the in-development Kombat and react to the violence. I found it interesting that two athletes who have found success by being professional tough guys were aghast at the new Fatalities and would rather be playing Mario... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Press The Buttons