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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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You still have a few days to check out the Retro Wonder Game Bundle over at StoryBundle where you can pick up eleven books spanning the world of the Atari VCS to the Famicom Disk System all the way up to the withdrawn P.T. demo from just a few years ago. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
Nintendo and Disney are still much too angry at each other over past business to ever team up again (it's all allegedly over the failed 1993 Super Mario Bros movie). It's such a deep wound that last year when Uniqlo sold special Nintendo shirts, I went to the Uniqlo location at Disney Springs and was told that they are the only Uniqlo location that doesn't sell the shirts because, being on Disney property, Nintendo would not allow it. I don't see Nintendo and Disney ever working together again.
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After two months of illness and injuries, Power Button is back on track! This week Blake Grundman and I spend an hour catching up on some of the noteworthy gaming events that we missed during our time away including our new iPhones, dipping to Batman: The Enemy Within, exploring Kirby Star Allies, and much more. Join us as we gear up the podcasting machine after hiatus. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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There's more news stirring around the Nintendo/Universal partnership that would bring several Nintendo-themed attractions to the Universal Orlando Resort. WFTV out of Orlando reports that plans for new Nintendo-themed rides are supposedly planned for multiple properties at the Orlando, FL park with rides planned for Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon spreading between the existing flagship Universal Studios park and an upcoming new fourth park much like the company split Harry Potter attractions between the Studios and Islands of Adventure. The downside is that the Orlando attractions aren't slated to open until 2023. Along with Josh Young, a blogger with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Video game fans talk a lot about remasters and definitive editions these days, but for every Burnout Paradise and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, there are other games that have been updated and expanded several times quietly under the radar. One of those games, Hyrule Warriors, started out as an enjoyable "Dynasty Warriors but Zelda" adventure for the Nintendo Wii U before being ported to the New Nintendo 3DS with additional content in an attempt to get the game in front of an audience sizable enough to check it out. Now the game is coming back around for a third time as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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We are finally back in the podcasting saddle after two months off due to illness and injury. More on that in a later episode though because this installment is one of our recordings from the can in which we take up the second half of our discussion about failed video game reboots and relaunches. Catch up on the first half in Episode 256 and then join us for an hour of kicking around failed titles such as Bomberman: Act Zero, Conker: Live and Reloaded, Splatterhouse, Turok, a fun story about Sonic the Hedgehog at E3, and much more. Also, Blake... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I love live performances of video game music. I've been to the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concerts twice and seen the western pioneer of the genre, Video Games Live, three times over the years in Los Angeles at various E3s, but last week the traveling show made stops in Florida, so obviously my girlfriend and I had to go. This was her first VGL show and she's a second-generation gamer, so I wanted to make it special. We had front row center seats that I had to secure a year ago to an amazing evening of gaming's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Sometimes I wish that Insomniac Games and Sony would reteam for new Ratchet And Clank sequels more often than they currently do, but then I remind myself that part of the reason the series is still innovative and entertaining is that the developers don't drain the creative lake by overfishing it. At GDC 2018, some of Insomniac's current and former key people including writer T.J. Fixman recounted the history of everyone's favorite Lombax and robot duo in which they detailed the creative process behind so many important elements of the series. From weapon design to cheeky subtitles to stacking crates,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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This is early news, but the idea is exciting. A Street Fighter television series is in the works from the team behind the web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. There's no network, no completed script, or anything like that yet (just the business deal), but there's potential here. Deadline Hollywood has the news. Street Fighter the series will draw on the game’s World Warrior story-arc — introduced in the 1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior sequel to the original game — as the jumping off point, centering on four protagonists: Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-Li. Together, they fight to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Whenever I vanish for a prolonged period, you can be sure that a new episode of failing health is behind it. This time around I'm dealing with an attack of pancreatitis which is a new experience for me. Sure, I've had my intestines, gallbladder, kidneys, and liver fail at times before (not to mention that time when several of those organs plus others all fused together and had to be surgically separated), but the pancreas is a new spot on the bingo card. For the past month I've dealt with pain, dehydration, malnutrition, and all of the other fun things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Blake Grundman hijacks the topic this week for an hour of discussion about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Spoilers abound and may the Force be with you! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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This is a deep rabbit hole of could-bes and might-haves, but I appreciate a good bit of digital sleuthing, so let's go on the journey together. USgamer reports that a line of Nintendo GameCube games being sold digitally in China for the Nvidia Shield is running The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess not natively, but in a GameCube emulator. Since the Shield and the Nintendo Switch share some hardware, it's a nice leap to assume that this is all leading up to GameCube games available for the Switch sometime down the line. But is this emulator really all that it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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As we finish our wrap-up of 2017, it's time for our annual Game of the Year episode in which Blake Grundman and I discuss the best games of the past year along with a few honorable and dishonorable mentions. We have a supersized two hour show for you this week because there were a lot of games last year that are worth some discussion. From Destiny 2 to Bye Bye BoxBoy and beyond, there's certainly a lot to discuss. 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 Jan 28, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I walked away from Street Fighter V back in 2016 after a few weeks of playing through what little single-player content the game offered, and while there was a solid fighting game at its core, there just wasn't enough to do that kept me engaged. Now that Capcom has added an actual Arcade Mode that goes above and beyond my expectations, I'm back into the fray and exploring just how much the game has expanded with post-release content over the past two years. One aspect that has really captured my attention is the soundtrack, particularly new remixes and rearrangements of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has a new product that uses its popular Switch console as something of an accessory instead of the main attraction: Nintendo Labo, a series of cardboard sheets that assemble into toys and gizmos. Think of them like Lego bricks for the engineering fan in all of us (but mainly kids). Due out in April 2018 starting at a MSRP of $70, the Labo kits (dubbed Toy-Cons which is a delightful bit of wordplay on the Switch's Joy-Con controllers) fold and bend into real life working interactive toys such as a piano, a fishing rod, and a robot. Slip the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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We always take a look back at the previous year and close the books on it each January, so this week's Power Button podcast episode sees Blake Grundman and I joined by Ross Polly, our Special E3 Correspondent live from the Los Angeles Convention Center loading dock (we really should let him come home one of these days). The three of us spend a supersized show talking about the big gaming news from 2017 including the rise of the Nintendo Switch, the end of the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One trying to change its image with more 4K &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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The inaugural issue of Nintendo Power magazine features an iconic cover of a clay Mario pursued by a clay Wart, but modern Mario fans can spot the error right away: Mario's colors are all wrong for 1988, particularly his blue hat. Even in a time when Mario's color scheme was in flux (red and brown in Super Mario Bros., red and blue in Super Mario Bros. 2, etc.), how on earth did the cover's artist mix up Mario's hat color and swap famous red for unusual blue? As part of a year-long series focused on the thirtieth anniversary of Super... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I was overjoyed when Accolade returned from the grave in 2017 and announced a revival of everyone's favorite chatty bobcat, Bubsy. Starring in the sequel/reboot Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, Bubsy's big revival stumbled out of the gate which brought to mind other moribund franchises that came back and then left again just as quickly. On this week's Power Button episode, Blake Grundman and I discuss the new Bubsy which leads us into some of our favorite and reviled video game reboots. Also, it's last call as our annual News of the Year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Watching Microsoft do its best to integrate the Kinect motion sensor camera for the Xbox One has been interesting to watch as the device started out as an absolute necessity for the latest generation of Xbox that could never, ever be unbundled from the console and has become not just an afterthought, but now an unsupported afterthought. The Xbox One S and Xbox One X hardware revisions did away with the built-in Kinect port and instead required a proprietary USB adapter to use the add-on, and now that adapter has been discontinued entirely. This essentially scuttles the Kinect for good.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom is going all-in on new nostalgia with the announcements of Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection due out in 2018 for all major current generation consoles (including Nintendo Switch) and PC. On this week's podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the news and kick around our hopes and dreams for the new titles. There's a lot of potential here and we're eager to see Capcom reach it. Looking ahead, our annual News of the Year and Game of the Year episodes are coming up and we want you to get in on the fun! Download this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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For Thanksgiving this year my girlfriend and I had dinner with her family and, as part of the festivities, I was asked to bring my Super NES Classic console to the house so that her nieces, Talia (age six) and Claire (age three), could try a Super Mario game for the first time. I took this as an honored responsibility. When I was first introduced to Super Mario Bros. at the age of six, it was a life-changing event that rippled outward into the rest of my childhood and beyond into my adult years. I owe my career to an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Human meat. Balloons. Armed robbers. Animal sacrifice. Brass knuckles. Sure, these sound like ingredients for an unforgettable weekend, but they're also tools of the trade for video game public relations firms for use in advertising campaigns. On this week's episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I look at some of the dumbest, most irresponsible (and in some cases illegal!) moments in game advertising and promotions. From Homefront to Mass Effect 3 to Resident Evil 5 and beyond, we have a list of astoundingly bizarre and dangerous campaigns that will boggle your brain. Also, our annual News of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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2017 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Capcom's venerable Street Fighter franchise so it's only right that the publisher bundle up the most important games in the series for a new compilation. Coming to the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in May 2018, get ready to revisit the original Street Fighter (not properly seen in many, many years), Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Back in August I brought your attention to John's Harris's book about ROM hacks, Somebody Set Us Up The ROM. How Harris back with the sequel that dives into ingenious hacks from the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, and beyond as part of the Winter Wonderland Game Story Bundle on sale for the next two weeks. If you missed the first installment, then you can pick it up as well in this bundle. I had the pleasure of reading a pre-release copy and it's just as interesting and informative as the first volume. Here's a taste:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons