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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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As I've discussed in the past, I'm a fan of Ste and John Pickford's 1993 Super NES action platformer title Plok. I've hoped for years that the character would return in a sequel or high definition remake of that original 16-bit game, and while the Pickford brothers are interested in bringing him back in a video game, it hasn't happened yet. I like to believe that a revival is in the cards though, and the recently released print and ebook volume of new, original Plok comics is a step in the right direction of reviving the franchise. Consisting of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
Now that Amazon has bought the video game streaming service Twitch, people around the video game community have wondered what the acquisition means for the future of the service. Will there be new restrictions? New features? Major changes that will impact how players broadcast their gameplay? On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss our thoughts on the buyout and spin that into a conversation about past major mergers and acquisitions in the gaming world. History is not on Twitch's side when you think back on the sad fates of companies that we've lost due to business... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
Yup, it's the gray nub by the buttons. If I were designing the New 3DS, I'd have put it down below the buttons.
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Last year we all enjoyed Saints Row IV for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC. Not long after that, a series of downloadable expansions were released for the game, and after that came the inevitable complete edition. Normally that's where the story would end, but developer Volition isn't going to miss out on some sweet next generation action. At PAX today, the company announced that it's bringing Saints Row IV and its DLC to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One along with the previously release DLC under the title Saints Row IV: Re-elected. As if that's not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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It's been three years since Nintendo launched its Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system, so I suppose we're due for an improved model. Nintendo loves to tinker with its hardware over time, after all. People have speculated that it's time for a new 3DS model and now the prophecy has been fulfilled as the company has announced via a Japanese edition of Nintendo Direct what it's calling the New Nintendo 3DS which sports a secondary analog stick, additional buttons, and various other improvements. The New Nintendo 3DS (and New 3DS XL) will be released in Japan are due out in October... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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For those of us who were there, it's the stuff of legends: once upon a time, Nintendo Power gave away a free copy of Dragon Warrior for the Nintendo Entertainment System to all of its subscribers. It was part of a move to introduce North America to the role playing game genre which, at the time, was new and frightening to those who had yet to encounter it. Nintendo ended up giving away millions of copies of the game via a mail order campaign, and while it's often discussed how players fell in love with the genre thanks to this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
The only downside I can see coming is if the new retro tracks are duds. You're not wanted here, Baby Park!
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If you're a fan of the music of the original Castlevania for the Nintendo Entertainment System or the arrangements from Mega Man: The Wily Wars for the Sega Genesis, then you're familiar with the work of composer Kinuyo Yamashita. While most of her gaming work hasn't left Japan, you can still enjoy this YouTube video of her performing a piano arrangement of her theme from Blizzard Buffalo's stage as heard in Capcom's Mega Man X3 for the Super NES. It's a rare treat to see game music composers actually perform their work. I wish more of them would make these... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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UPDATE: Nintendo of America has announced pricing for North America: $7.99 each or an $11.99 bundle. Why stop with Super Smash Bros. for your Nintendo crossover needs? A page on Nintendo's UK website details the upcoming downloadable expansions for the Wii U's Mario Kart 8 in which new tracks and characters will be offered for purchase. What's really interesting here is that content from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing are included in the mix in addition to nods to franchises like F-Zero. Here are the details: Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Just this morning I was wondering to myself why Capcom hadn't worked out the details to bring Mega Man X4 from the original Sony PlayStation era to the PlayStation Store for play on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, and by amazing coincidence the company has announced today that it's bringing Mega Man X4 and Mega Man X5 to PSN in the weeks ahead in North America; X4 releases next week with X5 arriving the week after that. Fantastic news! I actually bought an old X4 disc some time ago along with Mega Man 8, but haven't quite made the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Press The Buttons
For every Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Master Chief out there in the land of gaming mascots, there are plenty of underrated, also-ran heroes. These are the characters that set out to become major media franchises and, for whatever reason, didn't quite make it. The age of the mascot platformer is over, but these characters are never forgotten. On this episode of Power Button, we pay tribute to favorite mascot characters such as Aero the Acro-Bat, Bubsy the Bobcat, Plok, the Battletoads, Bonk, Jazz Jackrabbit, Commander Keen, Earthworm Jim, and many more. Will we ever see them again? We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Once again it's time to gaze upon the forbidden fruit of the video gaming world. Platypus Comix has put together another list of rare and unusual gaming items for your perusal. Marvel at rare prototypes, uncommon demo kiosks, lit signage, autographed cartridges, The Joy of Sex: The Game, and so much more. Check out the press kit for 1994's Donkey Kong Country which comes to us from an age before thumb drives or FTPs of character artwork and screenshots. It has actual slides! They don't make 'em like this anymore because it would be too expensive and rather pointless. There's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Only so many hours in a day and the Wii U, 3DS, PS4, and Vita consume all the free gaming time. It's the circle of life. I haven't boxed up the PS3, but it's not plugged in right now.
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We do our best not to use too much language like that, but it doesn't always work out. If it helps, we've noticed the trend and are more conscious of it now. I've even started bleeping some words in newer episodes.
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Ubisoft has supported Nintendo's troubled Wii U since launch with a variety of titles for multiple audiences. Family/casual titles like Just Dance have been balanced with M-rated fare such as ZombiU and Assassin's Creed. Unfortunately for fans of M-rated games, those titles do not sell on the Wii U compared to other consoles, so as Game Informer reports in an interview with Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot, the company is scaling back on its Wii U plans and getting out of the M-rated game business on Wii U. “It’s very simple,” Guillemot says. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Press The Buttons
The Super NES mouse! The Power Glove! The Speedboard! On last week's episode of Power Button we took a stroll down memory lane with the best video gaming accessories of all time, but this time we're going to explore some of gaming's greatest misfires and most baffling add-ons. Hold on tight, gang. This one is going to hurt. 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 to catch up on past episodes if you're joining... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Ghostbusters used to have a stage show presence at Universal Studios theme parks, but it's been years since the old firehouse has been home to a special effects spectacular. As it turns out, the old stunt show wasn't the first attempt at bringing the franchise to theme parks. Blastr (via a longer interview at 2600 Connection) has a look at the aborted Six Flags video game-based theme park ride featuring the Ghostbusters property combined with interactive shooter mechanics and a riff on Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion attraction. It was another 'first' of its kind as it was the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Funny how that's always the rationale when a publisher kills a game through bad management. "Oh, nobody wants [title] anymore." Yes, people do! You all just made it difficult or impossible to buy/support in its current state!
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There's been plenty of weasel words to go around on this story. I haven't changed any wording in my article here, but Xbox executives have changed their message over the past day.
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Late night talk shows have been mining video games for humor for a while now, but I believe this is the first instance of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tweaking the medium for a laugh. Here's a clip from this past weekend's episode which advertises the new alternative to war-based video games. Why fight on the battlefield when you can fight in the conference room? Prepare for World of Peacecraft. It's a parody now, but give it time. Someone will create this game and put it up on Steam Greenlight before too long. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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After rebooting again last generation, the Tomb Raider franchise is moving on to the next sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Announced back around E3 time, the gaming community assumed the game was headed for the new generation platforms and PC, but this morning at Gamescom, Microsoft turned heads and riled up the fans by announcing that the sequel is to be a Xbox exclusive. That's enough to make news, but what's really keeping people talking today is that thanks to some unspecific and nebulous language, nobody's quite sure how long this exclusivity will last. Rise is due on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Chances are that unless you had nothing better to do Thanksgiving weekend of 1992, you missed watching the one and only episode of a planned Battletoads animated series. Changing the origins of the 'toads yet again to fit whatever seemed cool at the moment, the cartoon casts the characters as high school students who can transform into the Battletoads when the situation requires. Written by David Wise (the television writer, not the music composer who coincidentally composed the soundtrack for the original Battletoads game), the cartoon was poised to compete with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles juggernaut that was flying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Press The Buttons
The practice still seems new, but it's been around for a while. I remember having to choose preorder DLC for Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time and that was back in 2009. Five years seems long enough for Nintendo to figure out how to follow the trends on this.
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The Zapper! The Power Pad! The NES Advantage! These are just a few of the beloved accessories from the world of video gaming that Blake Grundman and I heap praise upon in this week's episode of the Power Button podcast. Spanning the Nintendo Entertainment System era up to the present day, we trot out some of our favorite peripherals, dust 'em off, and discuss why we like them so much. It's an hour and a half of nostalgia for your listening pleasure. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Retailers offering different packs of downloadable content as a preorder incentive is nothing new, but now Nintendo is getting into the act along with Koei Tecmo by offering a variety of costume packs at GameStop and Amazon for those who reserve the upcoming Hyrule Warriors for Wii U. GameStop has the exclusive The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time costumes for Link and Zelda, while Amazon offers Twilight Princess variants. A Skyward Sword pack is believed to be on the way from a still-unannounced retailer. Zelda Informer has the news. I hate to see Nintendo adopting the practice of splitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Press The Buttons