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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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Goodbye, Arcade Bunny. I hope we meet again. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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
I wonder if it was more feasible to give away software than it was to discount the hardware.
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I recommend it! It's aged well.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2017 on Follow The Aeros at Press The Buttons
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In the 1990s when video game publishers everywhere were searching for their own radical mascot to star in a 16-bit platformer adventure, many characters answered the call to compete with Sonic the Hedgehog. There was Awesome Possum, Radical Rex, Plok, my beloved Aero the Acro-bat, and poster child of them all: Bubsy the Bobcat. Debuting in 1993's Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, he would later go on to sequels in Bubsy 2, Bubsy: Fractured Furry Tales for the Atari Jaguar, and Bubsy 3D for the Sony PlayStation which was so poorly received that it killed the franchise dead and,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo announces more information about its paid online service for the Switch and some people have a problem with that. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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With the excitement building for Destiny 2 coming to consoles and PC later this year, it's a good time for me to turn to Blake Grundman and ask him to try and sell me on this new sequel and answer some of my questions about things that have come up since I first played (and walked away from) the basic pre-DLC version of Destiny. Spend an hour with Blake as he busts loose and tells us all the reasons he's excited about the game and where we think the series will go in the future. Download this week's episode directly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom brought back the original six Mega Man games for the Mega Man Legacy Collection last year, but right away people began to ask why the other numbered sequels in the series did not make the cut. Now the company is back with Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 which offers Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9, and Mega Man 10 with all of the usual museum modes and new challenge options included. It's due out in August 2017 for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC for $19.99 both digitally and at retail in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
As I near the end of the game I have noticed enough little things that are different from the Super NES game that I could write something up, but I wonder if anyone else besides you and I would be interested.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2017 on Follow The Aeros at Press The Buttons
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I'm long on the record of being a fan of the Aero the Acro-Bat series from the Super NES era (so much so that, as you'll recall, I tracked down the original design documents for the first game in the franchise), but I never managed to pick up a copy of the Game Boy Advance version of Aero's debut adventure. While wandering around the dealer area at Megacon last weekend, I browsed the display case at one of the game vendors and found the game pak in great condition for a mere $6.95, so naturally I had to have it.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I went to my first Megacon last weekend. My girlfriend and one of her friends went in together on a vendor table to sell their jewelry, masks, and hair decorations, so I was there to help out behind the scenes. Apparently you can't go to Megacon without wearing an appropriate outfit, so we chose a couples costume worthy of our gaming backgrounds. On Saturday we became Wario and Captain Syrup from Nintendo's famed Wario Land series, and in my travels around the convention I experienced what it was like to be recognized (and not recognized) as one of gaming's most... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Telltale Games is having a prolific period lately with last year's Batman: The Telltale Series and this year's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. On this week's podcast episode, Blake Grundman and I are picking up where we left off from Episode 212 in which we covered the first Batman episode by finishing off our discussion of the series. We also talk a bit about Telltale in general including their history and their aging game engine. That leads us into talking about the first episode of the new Guardians series. As you can imagine, there's a spoiler warning for... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Mega Man music remixes are not hard to find (even if it seems like more than half of them are someone twanging away at Air Man's theme or metal raging at Dr. Wily's Mega Man 2 fortress theme), but I like to point out when I come across something special. Today's selection comes to us from the original Mega Man for the Nintendo Entertainment System and is a soulful, almost forlorn take on the first theme of Dr. Wily's stages. "Breach" by Brandon Strader is available as part of the tribute album For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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The idea of a "Netflix for video games" isn't new by any means. Sony offers PlayStation Now which uses the old OnLive/Gaikai streaming option to deliver gaming experiences, while services like GameFly have been sending out rental discs by mail for years, but now Microsoft is set to deliver the best of both worlds with its Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99 a month, subscribers can download a selection of Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to their Xbox One and play them. No waiting for discs in the mail and no dealing with latency and buffering issues that come with... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I know people who have just recently joined the Sony PlayStation 4 generation of gaming, but Eurogamer is postulating that it's almost time for Sony to unleash the PlayStation 5. Is it time for the next-next generation of gaming? Here's Richard Leadbetter on the possibilities as spread out by a Wall Street Journal article. Basically, it's analysts all the way down. We can add some additional flavour to the speculation as we spoke to PlayStation system architect Mark Cerny last year, where he was very specific about how PS4 Pro was not a next-gen console, sharing with us the criteria... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I am in ongoing awe over Mikaël "Orioto" Aguirre and his video game art. Suitable for framing, it has been a mainstay of my desktop for years. One of his latest creations showcases Mega Man and Metal Man locked in combat from Capcom's beloved Mega Man 2. The detailed background sparks the imagination and brings some color to your display, so it's just the thing you need to start the week. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Press The Buttons