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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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Zen Studios has another pair of Marvel Pinball tables for us to enjoy. Due out next week for all major Zen-supported platforms, the Marvel Women Of Power tables feature Black Widow and Madame Masque trapped in an alternate reality in the "A-Force" table while Ms. Marvel and her friends Spider-Gwen and Squirrel Girl team up on the "Chronicles" table. Zen was kind enough to supply me with early access to the two tables and I've been impressed yet again with their work. My Marvel knowledge basically extends through the cinematic universe and some simple familiarity with rising stars like Spider-Gwen,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Before the Internet, before dedicated video game strategy guides, before even Nintendo Power there was Jeff Rovin's How To Win At Nintendo series of paperback strategy books. The best-selling series of the late 1980s packed page after page of tips and tricks for the emerging Nintendo Entertainment System game library such as timeless advice for Double Dragon: "Take out the foe on the left with three quick Jump Kicks, then turn to the crumb on the right. Indeed, for the first four foes-who come in groups of two-stick with the Jump Kick (the A and B buttons) unless your foes... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
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With the next major expansion for Destiny, Rise of Iron, energizing players today, it's only appropriate for Blake Grundman and guest Chris Nitz to take a look back over the past year of Destiny's updates and expansions. Join us as they explain what they liked and did not like about the second year of Destiny content and look forward to what's coming up in Year 3. For more on Power Button's coverage of Destiny, check out Episodes 146, 151, and 181. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
Expect to see more games updated for PS4 Pro particularly if it catches on. If you have the 4K TV and don't have a PS4 yet, then getting the Pro model is the easiest decision of the year.
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Nintendo was careful not to license their games for consoles in regions where the non-Nintendo port could compete with whatever they were offering at the time. Nintendo's NES ports of Mario Bros and Donkey Kong blew the Colecovision and Atari versions away, but there was no Master System version of either.
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Somewhere along the way when we were all going about our daily business, the number of StreetPass Mii Plaza games on the Nintendo 3DS swelled from two up to thirteen. I knew that Nintendo periodically added new games to the system, but I wasn't keeping an exact count. Thirteen! That's certainly an achievement. Considering that Nintendo charges actual money for the games beyond the base two which come with each 3DS, how is one to know which of those games is worth the time, money, and tags? The AV Club has taken a look at all thirteen games and ranked... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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With my original Nintendo 3DS starting to fail from overuse, the time has come to replace it with a New Nintendo 3DS. On this week's new episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss the merits of upgrading to a N3DS, transferring 3DS data from one system to another, Virtual Console necessities, and what's worth playing on the platform that cannot be played on the original 3DS. There's also some healthy sidequesting regarding which pocket is best for carrying the 3DS and how to cross a river carrying a fox, a chicken, and a bag of grain. Download this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Video Games Live has created dozens of memorable orchestral rock adaptations of favorite video game soundtracks from Sonic the Hedgehog to Chrono Trigger to Street Fighter II, and the group's latest album, Level 5, keeps the hits coming. Featuring music from games including Metroid, Ico, Phoenix Wright, and Okami, the album is required listening for game soundtrack fans. My favorite track from Level 5 has to be a medley of music from Nintendo's classic 1991 Super NES hit, Super Mario World. Take a musical journey through Dinosaur Land with this cut from Level 5 and then head over to check... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Whenever I hear that Atlus has a new video game to announce, I hold out hopes and light a candle for a revival of the company's 1991 Nintendo Entertainment System classic platformer Rockin' Kats, but instead it's all Persona and Shin Megami Tensei all the time. No matter; I am a patient man. As for you, if you're unfamiliar with the fun wonder that is Rockin' Kats, then lucky for you that Hardcore Gaming 101 is here to educate you in the ways of kitty protagonist Willy, his girlfriend Jill, and bulldog bully Mugsy. Part DuckTales and part Bionic Commando,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo's Game Boy is remembered a simplistic handheld gaming system, but its real legacy is that it could accomplish so many amazing technical feats despite being so simple. The platform came a long way from the basics of 1989's Super Mario Land. Even by 1993, for instance, the hardware was running games far more complex than even Nintendo itself imagined. While a traditional-for-the-time Legend of Zelda adventure was at one time considered off the table, eventually the developers were able to coax such an experience from the Game Boy which led to The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The game... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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This week's new product announcements from Nintendo, Apple, and Sony certainly turned heads and sparked anger. Ranging from Nintendo's Super Mario Run for iPhone to the new iPhone 7 ditching the reliable headphone jack to Sony introducing the 4K-capable PlayStation 4 Pro that doesn't quite play 4K things as you'd expect, there's a lot of news for Blake Grundman to rant and rave about. If you like Blake on the soapbox, then you'll love this week's episode of Power Button. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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This article was originally published at Kombo.com on November 24, 2009. When Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings spring a booby-trapped birthday cake on Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, and two mushroom retainer Toads chase their escaping airship across the Mushroom Kingdom through a healthy dose of traditional side-scrolling platforming action for up to four players in New Super Mario Bros. Wii for the Nintendo Wii. Expect to make full use of Mario's signature power-ups such as the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower along with new aids like the Ice Flower that freezes enemies in throwable ice blocks, the Penguin Suit that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Press The Buttons
The old 3DS started out hooked to power. When playing a game, the pitiful battery lasts about 30 minutes with full 3D and sound. For the transfer, I turned 3D and sound off. During the operation, the New 3DS said it wanted more power. I thought the old 3DS could last for a few minutes while I gave the New 3DS a drink, but nope!
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Sony officially announced its Neo upgrade for its flagship PlayStation 4 console today as an actual product you can soon buy rather than a mysterious project currently in development. Now known as the PlayStation 4 Pro, the upgraded console boasts a faster CPU, expanded hard drive space, an upgraded GPU, 4K and HDR capabilities, and a $399 price tag. This is exciting news for people with a 4K television and some expendable income to spend this holiday season as the console is due out in November 2016. USgamer explains what this all means for you and includes a list of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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After several months of debating whether or not to replace my dying Nintendo 3DS battery with a new one or just retire the system and replace it with a New Nintendo 3DS, I finally talked myself into the latter option. It wasn't too hard of a choice once Nintendo and Target teamed up to sell a non-XL version of the system with Super Mario Maker cover plates and Super Mario 3D Land preinstalled. That's a bundle I could go for! I bought it a week ago and have been exploring what the n3DS offers over the original model, and so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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There's something special about holding a Nintendo Game Boy game pak in your hand. What felt like large square coasters in my childhood hand now feel like small crackers in my adult hand, but they have and still feel like the sensation of fun about to happen. What's really inside those cartridges? What does the fun look like in its purest physical form? Fyrius is engaged in a photography project that catalogs the interior of popular Game Boy cartridges split open for all to see. Marvel and gawk at the chips, batteries, and circuit boards that combine to bring us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Sony was seemingly planning a stealthy "surprise, you can buy it today!" announcement for its upcoming redesigned PlayStation 4, but the new slimmer console has been spotted out in the wild prior to its official announcement. Despite not officially existing yet according to the company line, the new slim PS4 is coming and Laura Dale at Let's Play Video Games has acquired a unit to review. The short version is that it's the same PS4 but slightly smaller, quieter, and cooler with minor features added and one feature removed, but there's nothing here that fundamentally changes the PS4 experience. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo's beloved The Legend of Zelda series has a knack for roping players into its ever-expanding mythos of faeries, gorons, moblins, and zoras, but it seems that with each new sequel, players are forced to have their hands held for a prolonged period of time before the adventure actually begins. What once started out as simply "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this." before tossing Link to the wolves has turned into a tradition of hour-long tutorials and lots of expository dialogue ending with something along the lines of "Would you like me to repeat all of that? → Yes No" Matthew Martin over at Cult Of Whatever has crunched the numbers to determine just how long these tutorials have become and which games are the worst offenders. "Whereas the N64 game transitioned you from tutorial to first dungeon very naturally (you get your sword and shield and then enter the Tree, easy-peasy), Wind Waker’s first action sequence takes place, not in a dungeon, but in a forest, as you attempt to rescue Tetra from Ganon’s minions. That action sequence is first teased, when you look through the telescope your sister gets your for your birthday, but even the tease doesn’t come until after seventeen minutes of running around town “learning the basics.” After you know what you have to do (adventure!) you still have to go to the sword master (tutorial!) and “fight him” (that is, you have to learn how to do all the various sword strikes, even if you’ve played the game fifty times before). Once you’ve done that, finally, you can head off on the adventure. It’s fun the first time, but after a few more times it can be very tiring indeed." I don't mind going alone, but just let me go! These increasingly long tutorials are part of the reason why the Zelda games are starting to fall off of my radar. I want to play them, but I also know that I don't want to sit through a long learning experience to teach me that rupees are worth money and that it's possible to throw pots. I've known these series conventions for thirty years! There really should be a way for seasoned players to bypass all of the instruction or, better yet, shape the experience so that all of the up-front training isn't necessary. I've bought the modern remakes of Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess intent on replaying them all, but whenever I look at the cartridge or disc, I think of that seemingly endless exposition and put it back on the shelf. I don't have hours upon hours at a time to dedicate to these games anymore. Often I am looking for a quick hit of action which is why when I get the itch to replay a Zelda game, I turn to the original Nintendo Entertainment System titles or the Game Boy titles which kick Link off on a journey basically right away. I'm so glad that the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild promises to follow in those old structural footsteps. I want to swing swords at monsters, not herd goats or go fishing right at the start. Would you like me to repeat all of that? → Yes No
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Nintendo's beloved The Legend of Zelda series has a knack for roping players into its ever-expanding mythos of faeries, gorons, moblins, and zoras, but it seems that with each new sequel, players are forced to have their hands held for a prolonged period of time before the adventure actually begins. What once started out as simply "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this." before tossing Link to the wolves has turned into a tradition of hour-long tutorials and lots of expository dialogue ending with something along the lines of "Would you like me to repeat all of that? → Yes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Press The Buttons
As someone who paid money for Sanctum Of Slime, I'm staying far away from this new game. I've learned my lesson! Points to Sanctum for bringing back Janosz Poha though.
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After years of swearing up and down that he would never ever buy a Nintendo Wii U, Blake Grundman went and bought a Wii U. On this week's episode of Power Button we discuss what convinced Blake to pick up the console, which games he's enjoyed so far, and I recommend more games that he needs to play. It's an all-star tribute to owning a Wii U! 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 sure... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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While the Mario and Sonic crossover titles featuring the Olympic Games don't attract much interest from the gaming community for their casual, sporty nature exclusive to Nintendo platforms, we can always count on them for a fresh collection of remixes and rearrangements of classic music from the Super Mario series. The Rio 2016 sequel is no different as it includes fresh takes on memorable tunes from Super Mario Galaxy, Donkey Kong Country, New Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 3D World, and many more. Check out some of my favorites as we head into the weekend and browse the entire soundtrack... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Telltale Games has brought its talent from Tales From The Borderlands and The Walking Dead to Gotham City with the recently released first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series. This first installment, "Realm of Shadows" is the focus of this week's new episode of the Power Button podcast in which Blake Grundman and I discuss the events of the game, our favorite moments, trying to live up to the characterizations of our respective favorite Batman incarnations, why shaking hands with a notorious mobster at a party is a bad idea, how playing as Bruce Wayne is remarkably different than playing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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This article was originally published at Kombo.com on September 9, 2009. When the Joker goes on a rampage in Gotham City, Batman intervenes and apprehends him. After delivering him back to Arkham Asylum, the clown prince of crime escapes custody and flees, forcing Batman to intervene yet again. This is no escape attempt, however. The Joker is putting his latest mad plan into action this night, and the other residents of Arkham - Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and a few others lurking in the shadows - are eager to take a swing at the Dark Knight. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Telltale Games is taking a different approach to its new Batman game by casting players more as Bruce Wayne than as Batman. I wrote last month about how much I was looking forward to this idea and now that the first episode of the game, "Realm of Shadows", has been released, you can watch me guide Bruce through his first adventures as he throws a fundraising party for Harvey Dent's mayoral campaign and works with Selina Kyle to solve the mystery behind mobster Carmine Falcone's criminal empire. I'll have more on Batman this week including a review of this installment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Press The Buttons