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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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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
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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 3 days ago 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
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Nintendo Power magazine had a knack for pushing upcoming video games that its mothership company, Nintendo itself, wanted to be overwhelming critical and sales successes. One of the titles that enjoyed the extra coverage boost was 1992's Mario Paint for the Super NES which took the cover of Volume 39 of the magazine and sported eight pages of coverage which explained the point of the "game" (more a creativity tool than a proper game, really), how to control it with the new mouse controller, the best way to use stamps, the wonders of the Undo Dog, a basic animation primer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Back in 2012 I happily attended a performance of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses when it toured through Florida, so when I heard that it would be passing through the state again this year with its revised Master Quest program, I eagerly bought tickets. My girlfriend and I sat in the center of the front row balcony last Saturday evening at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando to enjoy the Orlando Philharmonic perform selections from thirty years of Nintendo's beloved The Legend of Zelda franchise. Hearing favorite musical selections played loud and with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Press The Buttons
Eh, no great loss.
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UPDATE: The magazine archive has been deleted. Lawyers strike again. Like every Nintendo console-owning kid in the 1980s and 1990s, I had a subscription to Nintendo's in-house review/strategy/propaganda publication, Nintendo Power. I came onboard the magazine with Issue 5 in March 1989 (Ninja Gaiden on the cover!) and for over ten years I read each issue cover to cover multiple times to guide me through the games I owned, help me choose the games I wanted, and help me look like a gaming superstar on the playground with secret codes and tips. I purged my collection when I left home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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This review was originally published at Kombo.com on September 5, 2005. Several years ago Sega stuffed the best that Sonic the Hedgehog has to offer into the compilation title Sonic Mega Collection. The title sold well enough on the Nintendo GameCube to prompt the release of a Plus version for other platforms, but one highly demanded title of days-gone-by eluded both iterations: Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Fans clamored long enough and loud enough that Sega has finally brought Sonic CD back to the store shelves along with several other seldom-seen Sonic titles with Sonic Gems Collection. Considering that Sonic Gems... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Press The Buttons
The secret is to order the cheese fries for your opponent so their fingers get cheesy and greasy which impacts their ability to properly release the ball.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2016 on Shovel Knight Goes To Japan at Press The Buttons
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The localization industry is a fascinating business. There's more to bringing a video game from one country to another than just running the text through Google Translate and then knocking off early for bowling and cheese fries. It's not enough to translate the script; localizers must tweak and tune all kinds of game elements to better fit the target market. Sometimes that means rewriting dialogue to change cultural references. Sometimes that involves altering graphical elements or sound effects to fit into a culture's frame of reference. Sometimes it even means that the developers had a little more time to work... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo hasn't officially revealed its upcoming new NX video game console, but the rumor mill has churned for months regarding the exact nature of the hardware. Eurogamer is the latest to stir the pot with a report stating that the NX is a portable console with detachable controllers that also plugs into your home television for proper home console gaming as well. There's also talk that the NX uses cartridges rather than discs. I don't usually report on rumors, but this one is fun to think about, so I'll bite. Here's Tom Phillips at Eurogamer: Considering NX's basis as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom's Street Fighter franchise boasts many larger than life characters each capable of crippling you at a moment's notice, but one of the most powerful, more dangerous, and most mysterious combatants is Akuma. First appearing as a secret character in Super Street Fighter II Turbo where, under certain difficult circumstances, he interrupted the climactic final battle against M. Bison, he's gone on to become one of the faces of the Street Fighter brand. Den of Geek chronicles his history across video games, movies, anime, comics, crossover appearances in other games, and much more. Akuma is the younger brother of Gouken.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog has taken plenty of knocks in his post-Genesis career. His transition into 3D was bumpy and it seems that the further away we get from those Sega Genesis glory days, the less that Sonic Team and its partners seem to know how to handle the franchise. Sonic Generations was the best thing to star Sonic in a very long time and long-time fans practically cried out to Sega that it was the Classic Sonic elements that made that game work so well. Sega followed up that title with the poorly received and rapidly developed Sonic Boom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Press The Buttons
Some of those minis have cartridge slots. It's not an unreasonable expectation, but I'm not surprised the new NES doesn't let you use old cartridges.
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Have any Batman games used Harvey Dent opposed to Two-Face? It could be interesting to see the story told in a game format. Maybe in this iteration, Bruce Wayne can save him before it's too late.
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Maybe the best way to rehabilitate Vectorman is for him to cameo in other Sega properties for a bit, to work his way back up into the big time. I like your idea with Racing Transformed. He'd have been great there!
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I didn't intend for it to work out that way, but it just did, so I went for it.
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This review of the Wii version of the game was originally published at Kombo.com on December 2, 2008. Sonic Unleashed begins where most Sonic games end. Dr. Robotnik has put his latest plan at conquering the world in order to build his own Eggmanland into motion, but Sonic had found the seven Chaos Emeralds and is rapidly racing through the doctor's latest badniks. Sonic turns Super and smashes his way through a robotic blockade, but the doctor's fallback plan captures Sonic, drains the Chaos Emeralds of their power, and transforms Sonic into a monstrous feral beast. Oh, and the planet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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The one thing I always think of first when I recall the Nintendo versus Sega console wars of the 1990s is that whatever one company did first, the other would follow up with their own version soon after. Nintendo Super Scope? Sega Menacer. Super FX chip in Starfox? SVP chip in Virtua Racing. Pre-rendered graphical style for Donkey Kong Country? Pre-rendered graphical style for Vectorman. While Donkey Kong Country went on to spawn two direct sequels during the 16-bit era, a Game Boy side series, and so much more over the years up through Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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For as long as I can remember, the primary focus of the Batman franchise has been, well, Batman (with a side order of Joker), but lately there's been a renewed push on exploring the man under the mask. Batman comics took a jaunt into showing us Bruce Wayne unburdened by the Bat legacy, TV's Gotham has given mixed results showing us Gotham City in a pre-Batman world, and now Telltale Games has a new episodic Batman game coming August 2 for many platforms including the Sony PlayStation 4, PS3, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and mobile that, judging... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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It's been a big week for Nintendo fans who like excitement thanks to the arrival of the Pokémon Go mobile sensation and the announcement of a new small classic Nintendo Entertainment System packed with HDMI output and thirty of the best games that the NES era had to offer. We're talk about both of these on this week's Power Button, so join us for a conversation that spans from Pikachu to Punch-Out!!, Meowth to Metroid, and Zubat to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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This review was originally published at Kombo.com on June 23, 2009. Many of the technical issues described below were later fixed with a software update. Two years after the Ghostbusters dealt with Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters II, a new exhibit on Sumerian god Gozer the Gozerian is about to open in New York City's history museum. When a sudden increase in paranormal activity leads to the reappearance of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rampaging through downtown, the Ghostbusters become involved in a renewed attempt to summon Gozer to destroy the world. The boys in gray (along with you, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Press The Buttons
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Today's announcement that the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back to stores as the NES Classic Edition mini-console featuring a wired classic NES controller and thirty games built right into its internal memory has sparked a lot of excitement online as gaming fans cheered and prepared to preorder. However, I've also seen plenty of questions pop up on social media about the news and while I'm not a Nintendo spokesperson, I am a long-time customer and consumer of the company's products, so perhaps I can be of help when it comes to answering these queries. Allow me to condense the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Press The Buttons