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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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I wasn't interested in fighting games as a young teen, so it was exposure to the Super NES versions of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat at a friend's house along with the Electronic Gaming Monthly and GamePro features on the larger than life characters that finally sparked my interest in the genre. I was terrible at playing them in the beginning, but when it came to Mortal Kombat, I finally found my rhythm after some practice. One thing I could never do, however, was defeat Goro. Sure, I'd worked up enough minor skill with Sub-Zero to make it to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games is already an indie darling on Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS, but when the development team decided to bring the game to the Sony PlayStation ecosystem and the Microsoft Xbox domain, both publishers offered up a little extra incentive to persuade returning fans to double-dip. Poke around long enough in the PlayStation versions of the game and you'll find God of War's own Kratos roaming the world map and itching for a fight. Meanwhile, over in the world of Xbox, the long-lost Battletoads Rash, Zitz, and Pimple offer to run Shovel Knight through their... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
It happens to all of us sooner or later: despite owning one video game, we buy a second copy of that same game for another platform. What is it about some games that spark us to double-dip on them? On this week's episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman defends his multiple purchases of Shovel Knight while I rationalize not buying Mortal Kombat X at all. It's the first half of a conversation about why we double-dip on some games and not on others and what it takes for a purchase to repeat, but before we can get to that, we... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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While we lost the planned sequels to 2006's Maverick Hunter X for the Sony PlayStation Portable, we'll always have the original game (and it plays great on the PS Vita, too). In addition to the remixed soundtrack and new playable character, the game also includes a special animated prequel mini-movie entitled The Day of Sigma that chronicles the adventures of Mega Man X, Zero, and Sigma prior to the events of the adventure. Originally you'd need to unlock the video in-game to watch it, but it wasn't long before people recorded it and set it loose on YouTube. Unfortunately, those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons
I have it on my exercise mix playlist!
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Was Mewtwo a banned character in past Smash tournaments? I know some characters are banned because they can be too powerful in the wrong/right hands.
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This article was originally published at Kombo.com on October 30, 2005. It is republished here as part of Review A Great Game Day. The Dance Dance Revolution arcade and home console games have been around for a while now, but the Nintendo GameCube never quite factored into Konami’s plans for the franchise. That is, until now. Teaming with Nintendo, the two companies have combined their creative energies to mix familiar dance action with the craziness of the Mushroom Kingdom to create Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. Packed in the same box with the Nintendo GameCube Action Pad, Mario Mix includes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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A few days ago I was thinking to myself that with Avengers: Age of Ultron just weeks away from releasing to theaters, it should be about time for us to hear that Zen Studios is working on a tie-in pinball table for its Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 platforms. Proving again that whatever I think about hard enough happens, today the studio announced that it is indeed about to release an Ultron table. You're welcome, Internet! Here's Bobby Loertscher at the Zen Studios blog to explain what's in store for Earth's mightiest pinball heroes: The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo has found a new gold mine with its popular amiibo figurines featuring both popular characters like Mario and Link and more obscure, deep cut protagonists such as Ness and Lucina. Unfortunately, high demand and limited supply means that lots of amiibo fans are left empty-handed when it comes to acquiring everything on the wish list. On this week's Power Button podcast, we discuss the amiibo situation, outline just how it's all gone wrong for collectors and casual fans alike, and share our own stories about amiibo dreams going unfulfilled. Finally, I solve the amiibo problem once and for all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Everyone suspected that Mewtwo wasn't the only downloadable character for the Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS, but today Nintendo confirmed that by revealing that while Mewtwo is due out for release on April 28, Mother 3's own Lucas is returning from Super Smash Bros. Brawl in June. Moreover, amiibo figurines for both characters are planned for future release. If Mewtwo and Lucas weren't on your character wish list, head over to the Smash Bros. website and vote for your favorite character to appear as future DLC. Adding to all of that, a bundle of new costume... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo releases expanded the Virtual Console library at its leisure, so years after announcing that it planned to add Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS classics to the Wii U service, today it was revealed that classics like Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Island DS are on the way at last. In fact, those two titles are available right now on the Wii U's eShop. Games are priced at $9.99-$11.99 (or $2 if you already own the N64 game in question for the Wii's Virtual Console) and $6.99-$9.99 respectively depending on the title. Future releases include Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Club Nintendo is winding down, but the program has one last gift to offer if you achieved Platinum or Gold Elite status for the 2014-15 calendar year. Yesterday was the cutoff date to meet the minimum earned coin requirements (and the final day to earn any coins at all; from here on you can spend whatever coins you have left until the club closes completely on June 30, 2015) and today, fast as lightning, Nintendo has revealed the final prizes on offer. It's all downloads again this year for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS rather than a physical item with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Things get heated on this week's episode of the Power Button podcast as we discuss Nintendo's recent announcement that it's partnering with mobile publisher DeNA to come to the smartphone and tablet app store near you. Nintendo is also working on its next traditional video game console, codenamed NX, and we spend some time hashing that revelation out and how it relates to the mobile news, too. Round 1! FIGHT! 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,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Press The Buttons
That reminds me of the Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor storyline on NewsRadio where Phil Hartman's character was fed bad street slang to read in an on-air advertisement. "Gazizza, dilznoofuses, Bill McNeal saying get with the crizappy taste of Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor. Rocket Fuel’s got the upstate prison flavor that keeps you ugly all night long! So when you wanna get sick, remember—nothin’ makes yo’ feet stank like Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor! Damn, it’s crizappy!!"
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on Marketing Disgraces Exposed at Press The Buttons
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If someone was fired, we'd never know. It's not the kind of thing Sony would announce. If your PS3 is full, you can use the PS Store's web interface to add the game to your account and then download it later when you have the time/space. I claimed GoW:A from my phone and will download it this weekend sometime.
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Sometimes there's a mistake at PlayStation Store headquarters that causes a popular game to have its price slashed from $[something] to $[nothing]. If you manage to get in on the deal before the mistake is fixed, you can score a Sony PlayStation game for no cost. For some strange reason, this kind of error seems to happen to games in the God of War series most of all. Several years ago the PlayStation Store accidentally offered the PlayStation 3 remastered versions of the first two God of War games for free, then later compounded that mistake when the PS Vita... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has found itself in the middle of a fresh controversy following the company's decision to offer pre-release access to the upcoming Wii U shooter Splatoon to Playboy. There's nothing pornographic going on in Playboy's coverage of the game, but that hasn't stopped criticism of the choice to grant editorial access. As Mike Williams of USgamer points out, the Splatoon/Playboy pairing isn't a marketing mistake. Acclaim offering money for defacing gravesites in the name of Shadowman: 2econd Coming is a mistake. Sony attempting to make PlayStation Portable ads go viral is a mistake. Electronic Arts staging a fake protest against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Several years ago I found the old landing page for the show, but the video embeds were dead.
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Thank you so much! I'll try not to disappoint.
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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Press The Buttons and the fifth anniversary of Power Button, this week's episode of the podcast turns the spotlight on PTB itself as Blake Grundman asks me everything you've ever wanted to know about how this site came to be, how its grown over the years, memorable moments, and we even take some time to answer some questions from the audience. Join us for eighty minutes and feed my ego. Thank you all so much for continuing to read, listen, and be a part of the PTB experience. Download this week's episode directly from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Our week of tenth anniversary giveaways comes to an end with the newly released Battlefield Hardline courtesy of Electronic Arts! I have a copy of the game for both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One to hand out, so hit the social media widget below to get your entries in the running. Go for one or both. Entries can be submitted until 11:59pm EDT on Monday, March 23, 2015. The winners will have to submit a North American mailing address to accept the prize plus you need to be eighteen years or older to enter this one.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Day Three of the big PTB tenth anniversary giveaway brings us ten copies of NBA Live 15 courtesy of Electronic Arts that all need good homes. Five copies are for the Sony PlayStation 4 and five are for the Microsoft Xbox One, so be sure to enter the contest using the appropriate social media widgets embedded below. Enter for a chance to win a copy for one or both systems — it's your call! You must have a North American mailing address to claim the prize and this contest is open for entries until 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, March 22,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The tenth anniversary giveaway continues! Today's prizes come to us from MonkeyPaw Games who have generously given me four of their classic Sony PlayStation games for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita to offer up in celebration. Enter for a chance to win Tomba, Wolf Fang, The Firemen 2, and Galaxy Fight in one big prize package. These are download codes for the North American PlayStation Store, so be sure you can use the prize before you enter the contest. Engage with the social media widget below for a chance to win. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm EDT on Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Press The Buttons is ten years old today! To celebrate I've assembled a pool of gaming-related prizes to give away through the end of the week! Today's prize is a "Link for President" t-shirt courtesy of Merchbro.com. Anyone can enter, but only three will win. Available sizes are XS through XL and the winner must provide a North American mailing address to receive the prize. You have until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, March 20, 2015 to get your entries in using the embedded widget below. It's fairly standard; do the social media engagement thing to accumulate entries. I'll choose three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo announced a partnership with Japanese mobile platform DeNA this morning, signaling an intent to bring its popular franchises and talents into the smartphone/tablet space. Here's Mike Futter at Game Informer to explain: The games that DeNA will be working on are completely new, rather than ports of existing titles. Nintendo's entire slate of intellectual property is open to the mobile company to tap for its creations. Nintendo continues to hope that its mobile presence will drive interest in its dedicated video game console devices, something the company has stated as a goal for entering the smartphone and tablet space.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons