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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 all should know by now how much I love the talented artists at OverClocked ReMix. Their remixes and rearrangements of classic video game music make up the bulk of my playlist these days, but I'm always looking to add more music to my archive. The latest addition is a rocking remix that intertwines music from Mega Man 10's Dr. Wily stages with the Knight Man stage theme from Mega Man 6, and the resulting combination sounds like it would be perfectly at home in one of the early Mega Man X game. Check out "Chivalrous Medicinal Murder" from Liam... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
But Peter, there was always more Breath of the Wild. The spirit of the DLC was inside you the whole time! You just had to believe!
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After launching successful downloadable expansions for Wii U titles such as Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, and of course Super Smash Bros., it's only natural that the company would keep the DLC train rolling with additional content for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Launching for both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game, the $20 Expansion Pass adds three new bundles of content throughout 2017. You even get Link's iconic Nintendo Switch shirt! Here's some of the press release: Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
I wish it was easier to look at the Boo amiibo. It disappears whenever I face it for some reason. pic.twitter.com/ucpYr9bMuq— Matthew Green (@PressTheButtons) February 13, 2017 My girlfriend gave me a Boo amiibo for Valentine's Day, but I've yet to get a good look at it. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
I'm more worried that it'll end up as Castlevania in name only and take so many liberties with the base elements of the franchise that it will be unrecognizable. I've been burned too many times by adaptations.
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Netflix is getting into the Castlevania business with a new original series based on the once-thriving video game series due out later this year. The project has been gestating for a very long time (and even predates Netflix's original programming initiative itself) and promises a dark and gory tale of vampire lore. Mike Williams at USgamer explains who is behind this project. Netflix has announced that it has greenlit an original animated series based on Konami's Castlevania. The animated series is being developed by Adventure Time producer Fred Seibert's Frederator Studios, with writing from Warren Ellis, the comic book author... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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This week on Power Button we finish closing the door on 2016 with a discussion about our favorite games of the year as well as honorable mentions and a few stand-out disappointments. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, BoxBoxBoy, Street Fighter V, Overwatch, and The Witness are all here, but were they top tier or something to fear? Spend eighty minutes with us to find out. 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sony is turning LittleBigPlanet 3 for the PlayStation 4 loose as one of its February 2017 free games for PlayStation Plus, and while it's more great fun for LBP fans, newcomers should heed the advice of Sackboy veterans who are familiar with the game's quirks and bugs. It's frustratingly common that something could go wrong with your save data through no fault of your own. It turns out that LBP 3 is a little, how should we say... frayed around the edges? Over at Reddit, KlawwTheClown has some easy advice to help you steer clear of any mishaps. Obviously when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Namco's smash arcade hit Pac-Man was all the rage in 1980, but could it be even better? What if the game featured multiple mazes? What if the bonus fruit could move? What if the ghosts could potentially catch our protagonist when he hid in that one corner? A few enterprising young students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found out in 1983 when they created an add-on kit for Pac-Man that added these elements called, er, Crazy Otto. It wasn't long before American Pac-Man distributor Midway heard about Otto and made an offer to the team that would change the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Each year around this time we like to take a look back and recap the biggest video gaming news of the previous year. It's time to put 2016 to bed as we remember big moments such as Sony and Microsoft announcing their next generation not-next-gen consoles the PlayStation 4 Pro and the unnamed Project Scorpio, Nintendo teasing us with the NX console, Disney Infinity saying farewell, overhyped games leading into a letdown upon release, and so much more. Join Blake Grundman and I for an hour and a half of discussion. Do you have your preorder in yet? Download this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Zen Studios continues to crank out enjoyable pinball tables from the world of Star Wars, this time turning attention to the recent film Rogue One to bring the rebellion to a variety of console and mobile platforms. I was recently provided an early copy of the new table and took it for a test drive which you can see over at YouTube. It's another fun table from Zen, and by this point it's safe to say that if you've enjoyed the other Star Wars tables that the company has created, you'll enjoy this one too. Zen has become a consistently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo is trying to back off from Wii U so gracefully without looking like they are sprinting off in the other direction. No way would they encourage you to buy the Wii U version with extra goodies.
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It's a shame this IP is dead or else we'd be looking forward to Drill Dozer for Switch with HD Rumble.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on Get Screwed With Drill Dozer at Press The Buttons
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Well, I already own Sonic 1 in 8 different formats (GCN, PS3x2, PSP, DS, 3DS, iOS, PC). Does that count for anything?
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2017 on The Yakuza 0 Diaries at Press The Buttons
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I've never played a Yakuza game, but several people have told me over the years that I really should try one, so when Sega offered me an advance copy of the new Yakuza 0 for the Sony PlayStation 4, I figured I'd expand my horizons and give it a shot. I'd always assumed that Yakuza was a "Grand Theft Auto in Japan" sort of game, perhaps a cousin to Sleeping Dogs on the dark side of the law, but as I play the game I find that it's really more of an interactive movie with action scenes which gives it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo finally showed the world what its upcoming Switch console has to offer in a full hardware and game announcement showcase last week, so naturally Blake Grundman and I are here to talk all about it. Spend an hour with us as we discuss the hardware, its launch price, launch window games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, games coming later such as Super Mario Odyssey and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, the paid online service, and much more. Do you have your preorder in yet? Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Plenty of people who skipped out on owning a Nintendo Wii U but want to play the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are ordering the new Nintendo Switch in order to play the game which, as previously promised by the company, will launch on both platforms in March. However, if you own a Wii U and are wondering if you're better off playing Link's latest adventure on hardware that you already own, IGN has a list of the differences between the Wii U and Switch versions of the game. Unlike the last time a Zelda game... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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It's time to add some jazz performances of classic music from Donkey Kong Country, Fire Emblem, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Pokémon, and Super Mario Bros. to your day. The Nintendo Special Big Band performed at the company's Nintendo Switch presentation in Japan a few days ago and the one-hour concert has now become available for your listening and viewing pleasure over at YouTube. Spend an hour grooving to Nintendo's greatest hits. Don't miss the Mario medley that begins in classic Nintendo Entertainment System territory, crosses over into Mario Kart 64, and finishes with Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo periodically... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Time for a quick history lesson! Sega launched the sequel to its signature side-scrolling beat-'em-up title Streets of Rage in 1992 which went on to become a major seller and a mainstay in many Genesis owners' libraries. A year later in 1993, publisher Accolade tried to break into the side-scrolling platformer mascot genre with Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind which was a fun enough romp that inspired a few sequels, but was largely buried in the mascot glut of the early 1990s. You'd never expect these two franchises to cross paths, but now here in our amazing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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While recovering from my recent surgery I've spent a lot of my rest time exploring the world of Watch Dogs 2. It's a fantastic open world adventure, so on this episode of Power Button I talk a lot about the game and some of its best moments. That leads into a discussion with Blake Grundman about our favorite open world games of all time. Join us for a conversation about Watch Dogs 2, Crackdown, Destiny, Sleeping Dogs, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Far Cry Primal, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and many more. Download this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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You'd think that when a video game has "from the makers of Pokémon" as an attribute, it would garner lots of attention, but Nintendo / Game Freak's 2006 Game Boy Advance release Drill Dozer failed to attract as large an audience as Pikachu and company. Featuring a built-in rumble pak motor in the game cartridge, Drill Dozer follows the adventures of benevolent thief Jill Dozer and big drill mech on her journey to rescue her father from a rival gang of thieves. Along the way she'll use her drills to tighten and loosen screws in a platformer puzzle adventure that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Rumors kicked up recently that the Microsoft / PlatinumGames partnership behind the Xbox One exclusive title Scalebound was in trouble, and yesterday the news broke that Microsoft has indeed pulled out of the deal and canceled the game. Plenty of Xbox One owners are disappointed at this (social media is filled with people who apparently bought the console with Scalebound in mind), but what's even more surprising is the speed at which Microsoft is erasing preview information about the game from sites such as YouTube. If you go to watch previously released Scalebound videos on Microsoft's YouTube channel, you'll find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Press The Buttons
"You son of a bitch! You ported the games, but you left the NES versions, didn't you?! You son of a bitch, you ported the games and you only used the flip phone mobile versions! YOU ONLY USED THE FLIP PHONE MOBILE VERSIONS! WHY?! WHY?!"
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Capcom's classic Mega Man titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System have certainly been around through most of the past twenty years in different formats (and were just re-released last year as the superb Mega Man Legacy Collection for modern consoles), so it makes sense in a "tick off the checkboxes" sort of way that the company would want to bring the games to mobile app stores for iOS and Android. The problem with this idea is that Mega Man titles demand pixel-perfect precision and controls that a touch screen interface just cannot provide. A number of critics have weighed in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I've been away for a few weeks, but I wasn't on a relaxing holiday vacation. Long-time PTB readers are familiar with my ongoing difficulties with Crohn's Disease and my multiple surgeries over the years, and while I'm happy to say that my Crohn's is in remission, unfortunately I do have other organs that can fail. For instance, this time around it was my gallbladder which was kicking out gallstones into my pancreas, causing an excruciatingly painful infection. What was supposed to be a simple outpatient laparoscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder turned into what my surgeon called the most challenging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons