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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 Thanksgiving approaches it's only right that we spend an episode of the podcast discussing all of the things that Blake Grundman and I are thankful for as filtered through a gaming lens. Join us as we kick off the holiday season in style with some sentimental thoughts. 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... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
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New artwork celebrates the New Donk City festival from Super Mario Odyssey in style. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Capcom's Mega Man series of video games brought us some of the very best music of the Nintendo Entertainment System era, so it's not a surprise that it lives on today through remixes and arrangements. Consider this 2016 performance of themes from Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3 from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. It's part of a greater concert entitled Score which also includes music from the usual suspects like Super Mario and The Legend Zelda as well as Assassin's Creed IV, Bloodborne, Journey, Skyrim, and The Last of Us. It's all deserving of a place... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch has taken Blake Grundman and I by storm, consuming our gaming time with a vengeance as we collect as many Power Moons as humanly possible. On this week's podcast episode we dive into Mario's globe-trotting adventure and discuss what we love so much about it. Spoiler alert! We discuss the end of the game and beyond. 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... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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When it comes to video games based on the long-running Star Trek franchise, results mostly span from terrible to just mildly good, but there is one Star Trek game that has stood the test of time and manages to be not just a great Star Trek game, but a great game overall. 2000's Star Trek: Elite Force casts players as Ensign Munro (male or female version available) aboard the lost Starship Voyager during Star Trek: Voyager's sixth season. Developed by Raven Software and published by Activision, this first-person shooter combines familiar shooter conventions of the day with plenty of Star... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Hallmark is selling a line of Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi ornaments at their stores this year, but at $16 each and with supplies being limited , it may be too much of a challenge for fans to pick them all up. Luckily, the company has produced two additional Mario and Luigi ornaments at a cheaper price point. I found these at Target last weekend for $8 each and while the poses are different than the main Hallmark offerings, the paint and sculpt quality is slightly lesser than their $16 brothers. Still, I bought them because they are Super Mario ornaments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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The Nintendo Entertainment System era gave us plenty of licensed games, and while some made perfect sense (The Simpsons, The Flintstones, and DuckTales are just some of the properties that landed on the 8-bit console), others such as The Addams Family were very unusual picks. Why would anyone want to publish a game based on a TV series from twenty years prior that, at the time, felt like ancient history? We've covered some of this before over the years and know that Sunsoft answered the call with Fester's Quest, but now we know more of the story thanks to Stefan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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One of the advanced tricks a Super Mario World player learns early on is how to dismount from Yoshi in a crucial moment, propelling Mario to safety while the loyal dinosaur plummets to his death. Now in Super Mario Odyssey, Mario has evolved to not just ride a dinosaur, but become one via his new hat pal Cappy. To explains for the unfamiliar, Mario can now capture and control creatures he meets on his journey around the world from Goombas to frogs to even large realistically-styled dinosaurs by tossing his magic hat, Cappy, at the helpless target. He then possesses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Flashing back to a classic episode of the old Kombo Breaker podcast from the now-defunct Kombo.com, this show focuses on the then-upcoming Tony Hawk: Ride for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. We were joined by the president of developer Robomodo, Josh Tsui, and we were able to convince him to spill the beans about some of the details regarding the game's new rideable skateboard controller, how the Tony Hawk formula needed to be updated to avoid growing stale, and how a Tyrannosaurus Rex can ride alongside less reptilian players (honestly). The original airdate on this one was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo released a special adapter during its last console generation that allowed the company's favored GameCube controllers to work with the Wii U for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl players who preferred that controller to continue using it in the latest Smash sequel (seriously, that's the only game the adapter worked with). Now, unexpectedly and offered without official fanfare, we find out that the adapter works with the Nintendo Switch's latest firmware update and that it works for all games on the platform. The console registers it as a wired USB controller. Mike Williams at USgamer explains the caveats.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I can't believe that I didn't realize that seeing as how it's the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins for the Nintendo Game Boy, it's also the twenty-fifth anniversary of Wario's first appearance. Let us commemorate this special occasion with Greg Melo's fun comic looking back at Wario's origins over at the Laser Time Podcast. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since our eyes were opened to obey Wario (and that Mario is our enemy). To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins and the debut of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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In times of trouble and strife it's nice to be able to reach for that special video game that is always there for you to help cheer you up and take your mind off of your problems. On this, our two hundred and fiftieth episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the games that have been there for us when we're down. All of our favorites are here from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening getting me through a prolonged winter storm power outage to Blake and his father competing at Zen Pinball. We have over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sometimes, through no fault of their own, rival video game developers independently stumble into the same idea. On this week's episode of Power Button, we look back at games that competed based on similar concepts: Infamous versus Prototype, Split/Second versus Blur, and so on. We also look at smash hit games like Street Fighter II and Super Mario Kart and inspired a glut of also-ran imitations. It's an hour of great minds thinking alike or following the leader. By the way, why not check out Blake's Extra Life charity goal and see if you can help him out? Download this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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It's been a long time since Nintendo has done anything new with its Wrecking Crew property. There's a Nintendo Switch port of the arcade version, VS. Wrecking Crew, on the way later this year and the original NES version of the game has popped up on the Virtual Console for the Wii, 3DS, & Wii U, but there's a missing piece of the series that has yet to show up outside of Japan in any form. 1998's aptly titled Wrecking Crew '98 updated the formula for the Super NES era, crossing it with the aesthetics and puzzle-type nature of Tetris... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
It's not guaranteed from Amazon until it's in my hands. Last month Amazon actually pulled an order back from UPS after it shipped because they decided the sale price was too low after the fact, so they canceled the order. Then earlier in the year I ordered a book from Amazon, they sat on the order for a month, then canceled it when they decided they couldn't get more in stock. By then the book was out of print. I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. So between all of that, the Classic SNES debacle, and pulling back on Prime discounts on new releases, Amazon is rapidly burning through my goodwill lately.
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The My Nintendo loyalty program is giving away free games! Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I was fortunate enough to be awake during the four minute window that Amazon.com offered preorders of Nintendo's Super NES Classic mini console somewhere around 4:30am back in August, so I felt confident that I would be happily playing Star Fox 2 and all of my other favorite 16-bit games come release day last week, but then Amazon let me down when they seemingly diverted their preorder allotment stock to their roaming Treasure Trucks. There's still no estimated shipping date for my preordered console, but those folks who tracked down a Treasure Truck were able to score, right? Let's go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I was out of town last week, so I'm only getting to play it now. It's $10 and comes with the Jaws and ET tables.
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Sure, I'll add it to the to-do list.
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Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios launched last week and while I've imported all of my old Zen Pinball 2 tables into the new platform, I've been spending most of my FX3 time with the Back To The Future table out of the Universal Classics Pinball pack of tables. The team at Zen has given me just about everything I wanted from a BTTF table including multiple time periods. There are six different versions of this one table available, one for each time period from the film trilogy: 1985, 1955, 2015, Biff Tannen's corrupt 1985A, a revisit of 1955 from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Have you had a chance to play Sonic Mania yet? Christian Whitehead and the teams from Sega, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games have created the best Sonic the Hedgehog game in twenty years and on this week's podcast episode, Blake Grundman and I spend the hour talking about how much we enjoyed it. From mythology gags to the stellar soundtrack to the purity of speed, we have lots of good things to say. And speaking of Blake, why not check out his Extra Life charity goal and see if you can help him out? Download this week's episode directly from PTB,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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With Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite releasing tomorrow, fans are already hungry to learn when they can spend extra money on additional characters, so Capcom has announced the six new fighters headed into the action later in the year as part of the first $30 expansion bundle. Here they are long with the company and property they represent: Sigma (Capcom: Mega Man X) Black Panther (Marvel: Black Panther) Monster Hunter (Capcom: Monster Hunter) Winter Solider (Marvel: Captain America), Black Widow (Marvel: Avengers) Venom (Marvel: Spider-Man) I'm interested in these characters, but am not so sure I want to keep spending more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Press The Buttons
You, me, and everybody else!
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Sometimes the talented musicians working through OverClocked ReMix release an album that might as well be called The Songs Of My People, and the latest album, Smash The Record: The Record, is another one of those releases. Featuring music from Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man X5, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, F-Zero, and Kirby Super Star, this album commemorates the Smash The Record 2017 speedrunning tournament. It's a free download in MP3 and FLAC formats. Smash The Record: The Record features 7 tracks from 7 artists, arranging music from 6 different franchises tied to Smash The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Your friend and mine, Power Button's own Blake Grundman, is participating in the Extra Life gaming charity event again this year along with our old podcast pals Keri Honea, Ross Polly, and Chris Nitz. The four of them will be playing video games live on a Twitch stream for twenty-four hours starting October 21, 2017 to help raise money for children in need at hospitals through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. He's offering giveaways and other fun stuff for donating money. Why not check out the event and help him meet his goal? Your participation is key to making this event... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons