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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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Sony and Capcom surprised everyone today with the announcement that one of last generation's best brawlers, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, is coming to the Sony PlayStation 4 today. Marvel followed that up with an announcement of their own that gives more details on this re-release; while the PS4 version is available on the PlayStation Store today, Microsoft Xbox One and PC versions will follow in 2017. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is being re-released for current generation systems; with the PlayStation®4 digital download version available today and the Xbox One® and Windows PC versions coming in March 2017. Ultimate... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
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Everyone is excited about the announcement of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite coming to the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC in late 2017. While Ryu, Mega Man, Iron Man, and Capcom Marvel are announced as playable characters so far, I know I have a few characters in mind on both teams that I'd like to see join the fight. Just as I did when Marvel vs Capcom 3 was announced, I've put together a brief list of Capcom and Marvel combatants that deserve a shot at glory alongside Marvel and Capcom's greatest heroes and villains. "It's not about... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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In a match made in cross-promotion synergy heaven, the minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the creative folks at video magazine PlayStation Underground once teamed up to create an exclusive segment featuring Mike Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot riffing on old Sony PlayStation commercials and outtakes. Released in February 1998 just before MST3K's ninth season season (its second on the Sci-Fi Channel) on PlayStation Underground, Issue 2.1, this clip has been floating around the Internet for years and I somehow never got around to sharing it here. Allow me to remedy that. You could use a laugh... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
I have to save something for next time!
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Nintendo and Universal Studios announced a partnership a while ago to bring the former's beloved characters to the latter's theme parks and resorts. Today the two companies released a teaser video in which Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Creative's Mark Woodbury outline what they expect to accomplish at the Universal Studios parks in Osaka, Orlando, and Hollywood. It looks like a Super Mario attraction is up first! The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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While the online gaming community talks a lot about preserving original game code and assets, we don't often hear much about the boxes the old cartridges came inside unless we're talking about how having one boosts the value of the game in question. All of that fancy art on the cover had to come from somewhere, and today's modern case covers usually spring from the minds of artists directly into Photoshop. Back in the old days of the 1980s and 1990s, however. publishers commonly had to commission artists to paint actual canvas paintings for the cover. Protodude's Rockman Corner has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Video games are often held up for their action sequences, set pieces, and visuals, but how often do you hear someone remark about hilarious writing? On this week's episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I spend an hour and a half discussing our favorite funny games. From Portal 2 to Saints Row IV to Maniac Mansion and beyond, we have some hilarious moments to share. Before that happens, however, Blake takes us on a sidequest with Pokémon. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has never revealed much about why Wario and Waluigi feel the need to copy Mario and Luigi, but there are plenty of signs that the duo are pretenders to the throne of great plumbing. Their unkept mustaches and parodic physical appearances are one clear indicator that the two are not to be taken seriously, but did you know that this philosophy extends to their clothing as well? And not just the inverse colors. Thanks to high resolution character artwork for Mario Party: Star Rush, observant folks at Tumblr have noticed key differences in the fabric used to make Mario's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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I know that hindsight is 20/20 and all, but when I see the gradual mental decline of Mega Man villain Dr. Albert Wily laid out in image after image, I think we should all have realized early on that the erratic scientist was not to be trusted and was very likely become a larger threat to us all. Just because a man can create Robot Masters does not mean that he's well-balanced. Take a look at this series of official Capcom character artwork that spans the classic Mega Man series from Mega Man (1987) through Mega Man 8 (1996) and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Playing a video game on Nintendo's NES Classic Edition console doesn't just get you the nostalgic experience of exploring the 8-bit worlds of the 1980s. It also entitles you to a trip in the wayback machine via high quality scans of the original instruction manuals of the era. The company has dipped into its archives to bring the manuals for each and every game on the console back for your reading pleasure (and you don't even need the console to access them; they're on the web at Nintendo's site at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/clv/manuals/en/index.html). The instructions aren't 100% authentic though, as Nintendo took... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo is almost ready to release its first true 100% in-house game for iOS following social networking app Miitomo and a partnership with Niantic for Pokémon Go. Super Mario Run launches on iPhone and iPad on December 15, 2016 in 151 countries as a free-to-start game. After playing the free content and getting a taste of the endless platformer action, players can pay the $9.99 fee to unlock the full game for unlimited, unrestricted access. Here's some of the press release which reminds us all of what Super Mario Run is all about: Super Mario Run is the first Super... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog has suffered through some rough times for most of his existence. While enjoying success on the Sega Genesis and Game Gear, the franchise began a downward slide during the Dreamcast era after rushing to meet deadlines and staff attrition caught up with the company behind it. Game Informer's Brian Shea chronicles all the ways that Sonic went wrong from the canceled Saturn-exclusive Sonic X-Treme to Sonic Adventure 2 being developed by a staff of just eleven people to unrelenting holiday shopping dates to get 2006's disappointing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Press The Buttons
BRUCE! I forgot all about Bruce. That was a puzzler for sure.
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Over the past few months, several of you out there asked if there was any way for generous folks to kick a few dollars into a tip jar to help keep Press The Buttons running. I'd always said no because I didn't want to charge you for content or lock any of it away behind a paywall. Ultimately, PTB is my fun hobby job that I pursue in my spare time. For years I ran banner advertisements on PTB to help pay the bills around here, but as the online advertising market turned more and more towards annoyance and malware,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo revealed that its secretive NX project will be known as the Nintendo Switch when it hits the market in March 2017, but the Internet isn't waiting five months to start the speculation fires. A short concept trailer has revealed the basic idea behind the Switch and now that our theme shows for Halloween and Election Day are done, we have time to focus on the Switch and discuss what is yet to come for the company's new console. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Ever notice how merchandise that features Nintendo's beloved Super Mario all uses about the same design of the famous plumber? The days of off-model interpretations are long gone as the company has tightened up its licensing guidelines to ensure that each and every Mario product is faithful to the approved and intended design of the character. We've already seen how Nintendo handled its 1990s character manual that specified exact details for 2D illustations, but here in the twenty-first century we have 3D models to guide licensees. Here's a photo of a Mario maquette used as a master reference for toys,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo launched its NES Classic Edition retro console today in stores across North America, but the only way you'd know that was by the "out of stock" notices and unhappy customers waiting in line for nothing. As usual with Nintendo, the company only manufactured, like, twelve consoles for this first release. OK that's an exaggeration, but considering that most retailers only received around three to five units to sell per location, it's understandable why people are a little ticked at Nintendo today (and that's before mentioning how many of those consoles went to eBay scalpers who are charging hundreds of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Back in 2012 we were teased with an indie game for iOS based on the "classic" film / Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Manos: The Hands of Fate. The game has come and gone now and Hardcore Gaming 101 has given us a look at what it ended up becoming and how it fared in the transition from dare to finished product for mobile platformers and PC. There's even mention of the 2015 upgrade to the game that added a new level and Torgo as a playable character. The fundamental flaw of Manos is that it mimics an NES knock-off... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Sunsoft's Blaster Master franchise has been largely dormant for years. Having first achieved prominence in the Nintendo Entertainment System era, the vehicular shooter with on-foot platformer segments also landed on the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Game Boy, and even the Sony PlayStation over the years in sequels and remakes. It was last seen in 2010 as a WiiWare title, but now the series is coming back as Blaster Master Zero for the Nintendo 3DS. Due out in March 2017, developer Inti Creates is taking the reins to create something new using what appears to be the best elements of something old.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has a knack for being, oh, let's say... stingy... with its hardware allocations. If you want to buy one of the New Nintendo 3DS (non-XL) bundles that the company has sporadically released over the past year, you had to hurry because they typically sold out quickly and were not restocked. Those $150 bundles were popular, but now Nintendo has announced a $99 Black Friday New 3DS bundle that, if history is any lesson, will be available for about thirteen minutes at a handful of retailers, none of which are near you. $99 is also a record low price for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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As Election Day 2016 looms in the United States it's as good a time as any for us to take an episode of Power Button and discuss our favorite gaming political leaders. From Final Fight's Mike Haggar to Saints Row IV's President boss to Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond, we speak truth to power. As a fun sidequest, we also take a little time to fill the US Cabinet with our favorite gaming characters who are best qualified for the job. Who will be appointed as Secretary of Education? Listen and find out, then go vote, Americans!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Not to go flashback on you twice in one day, but once again I say that back before the Internet offered up all help for every game ever, stumped players turned to magazines or, if that failed, to phone services like Nintendo's Power Line that was staffed by game play counselors skilled in all things Nintendo. Can't find Level 7 in The Legend of Zelda? Call the Power Line. Looking for a warp whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3? Call the Power Line. Completely lost in Metroid? Call the Power Line. The service has been defunct for years now, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Long before the Internet brought us nonstop gaming news and livestreams of the next big thing, we relied on monthly magazines for our information. We were hungry for information. At the age of eight years old in 1989, I was starving for all I could get on the Super Mario series of games, so when I was given a free copy of the first issue of GamePro magazine in April 1989 at a Toys R Us, my little heart skipped a beat when, while browsing through the magazine, I came across a full three-page article on the first news on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Famed video game music remix community OverClocked ReMix has released a new album just in time for, er, next Halloween at this point in the form of Candy Corn, a collection of remixes sourced from Castlevania sequels such as Portrait of Ruin and Symphony of the Night, Chrono Trigger, and Pokémon Red as created by YoshiBlade. It's more than just music though. There's a spooky throughline happening here. So this project is the progeny of those anthology-style movies and TV shows, a la Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside. In that vein, every track I consider a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Explore a vast collection of Super Game Boy borders from the Super NES days of yore. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Press The Buttons