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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'd have covered Bowser if I'd had a quality image of him standing alone like the others. I only left Samus Aran out because her new costume is just her Gravity Suit spangled with stars. Not much to say about that in this theme.
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Nintendo of Japan cranks out of a lot of character artwork specific to its home region. Some of the more expressive, cultural images (such as Mario and Princess Peach in traditional kimonos) rarely make it out of the country to be used in advertising the Nintendo brands overseas. With the company preparing to launch the New 3DS in Japan, television commercials are already running to show off the new customizable faceplate options. As part of the campaign, Nintendo's artists have put together some images of the company's famous characters such as Mario, Pikachu, and Link sporting some very garish, loud... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
King Dedede. Victor Sullivan. Leonardo da Vinci. Tooie. These are all second-string sidekick characters from famous video games that deserve a chance to steal the spotlight and break out into lead protagonist stardom. On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss our favorite sidekicks, villains, and supporting characters that we'd like to see take center stage in adventures of their own. Some sidekicks are lucky and are promoted up to central star, but for every Luigi or Zero there's a Dr. Wily or Captain Qwark waiting in the wings. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U is out in North America today. I'm only about two hours into the game so far, but I can already tell that it has style. Check out this screenshot of Link posing on horseback from the victory scene in Adventure Mode, sword in hand. This is a game that knows it's dealing with big damn heroes and treats them with the appropriate respect. I look forward to what more the game has to show me. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
You're not missing much although the virtual E3 spaces were neat. They closely matched the real Sony booth in the LACC in design. That impressed me.
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Sony is pulling the plug on its PlayStation Home virtual world for the PlayStation 3 next year, bringing an end to dancing in the public square and spending real money for virtual clothes for your avatar to wear. Kotaku has the story. PlayStation Home, Sony's long-running (though never exactly beloved) attempt at creating a PlayStation 3 social hub one part Xbox Live and one part Second Life, is finally being put out to pasture. There, on March 31st, 2015, it will presumably be shot, with maggots and vultures ultimately avoiding the body because they'd rather play Call of Duty. The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
I highly encourage you to listen to the complete archive of Power Button podcast episodes. There's nearly one hundred and fifty episodes now and you're missing out if you skip them. Once an episode drops off of the front PTB page though, it disappears from podcast aggregators. That's a problem. Now, thanks to PTB reader and podcast listener Erik Olson, there's a solution. Just load the following three RSS files into your podcast software of choice (iTunes, etc.) and you'll have access to dozens and dozens of episodes at the tap/click of a button. It's the easiest way to experience... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Remember how much we all complained about Club Nintendo's North American Elite status gifts for the 2013-14 year? I'm thinking now that we made out better than the program's Japanese counterpart which announced its Elite gifts today. In previous years the loyalty program has handed out free exclusive controllers, shirts, and other awesome items, but this year Platinum members will receive a free Picross game featuring Nintendo's all-stars or a calendar, while Gold level members will receive a calendar. Making things worse, this is apparently the last time that Club Nintendo Japan will give out Elite gifts (the membership agreement... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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There was a time when it seemed like a smart idea to force gaming mascot powerhouses like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog into edutainment titles for the kiddies. It's almost as if Nintendo and Sega were trying to prove that their products could be a positive force in a child's life. Nintendo licensed their famous plumber into Mario Is Missing! and Mario's Time Machine (among others), while Sega shoved their blue blur into learning experiences of his own. Hardcore Gaming 101 walks us through the low quality shovelware that is 1996's Sonic's Schoolhouse for PC. In Sonic's Schoolhouse, you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Zen Studios has created something special with its Zen Pinball / Pinball FX platform, and thanks to our modern day system of buying downloadable expansions, the company can offer up new tables on a regular basis. In addition to original tables like Paranormal and Sorcerer's Mansion, Zen has created some amazing pinball tables based on popular franchises such as Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Street Fighter II, and the many properties under the Marvel Comics banner. That's all well and good, but I have a few suggestions for new table collections. Allow me to share the top five pinball table... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Press The Buttons
The re-release will be in 3D with bonus DLC content.
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It's become a popular and profitable practice for publishers to re-release their video games from previous generations of hardware for current consoles and handhelds. Games such as God of War, Halo, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, and many more have returned under the guise of remastered editions. Last generation's high definition remake lives on under new terminology. On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss whether or not all of his rehashed content is ultimately worthwhile for the industry, compare notes on what it takes for each of us to buy a game... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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The Ice Climbers duo, Nana and Popo, have been a fixture of the Super Smash Bros. series since 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Plucked from obscurity out of the lackluster Nintendo Entertainment System title Ice Climber, the pair exist in Smash as a single entry on the roster, but fight as a team. Now that teamwork has cost them a place in the new Super Smash Bros. games for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo has chosen to keep the character roster identical across both platforms, and that decision combined with technical challenges has led... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Gah, the international shipping and taxes must be immense.
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Yeah, Tatsunoko is out. I wasn't a big fan of the game, but it would look snappy on the 3DS. As far as the Wii, you have so many great games to explore for the first time. I envy you for that. Don't miss the Super Mario Galaxy games, Wario Land, Kirby... the usual suspects!
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Samus was tempting, but while I like Metroid, she and it are not part of my personal history, so I didn't feel compelled to buy that statue.
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Well, if Disney can sit back and let Marvel do its own thing, maybe Microsoft can learn something from that kind of management.
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Thanks! It's so easy to mix them up.
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Me too especially since I haven't played it in many years.
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How about a smart pocketwatch? It's like a wrist smartwatch, but you keep it... in your... pocket... Never mind.
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Gaming statue manufacturer First 4 Figures is adding to its library of licenses, following up its work on The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Sonic the Hedgehog with a statue of Capcom's famous Mega Man. The blue bomber is depicted running through Metal Man's stage from Mega Man 2, arm cannon at the ready. There's even a special lit version of the piece that allows key parts of the design to glow with power. They're not cheap ($199 for the regular version and $229 for the model with the lights) and they're not easy to find (only 1,000 of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Press The Buttons
When Nintendo brought Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii to the 3DS, it opened the speculative door to porting other Wii games to the handheld. As DKCR proves, some Wii games are better when their motion controls are stripped away in favor of buttons. Surely there are other games from the Wii catalog that has just begging to become handheld sensations. GamesRadar has put together a list of ideal candidates including Wario Land: Shake It! and Super Paper Mario. [P]erhaps Shake It is underrated because the Wii game was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Wario... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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After years of being pitched on its potential and popularity, I have to admit that I still don't understand the fuss behind Minecraft. I remember back in 2010 when Robert Alsbrook and I were still hosting the short-lived Press The Buttons show for Internet television where in between shooting segments, he'd try to sell me on the game and how I needed to be involved with it. I didn't see the point; it's just digital LEGO bricks, right? Where's the story? Where's the gameplay? Not my thing. Not everything is. Microsoft sees the value in Minecraft though, as the company... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Bungie and Activision have gambled a lot of money on the development and marketing of Destiny, so now that the game is available to purchase, it's time for us to discuss our first impressions of the game and how we're adapting to our role as Guardians. Blake Grundman and I talk about our early thoughts regarding the game, how its online requirement impacts play, actor performances, leveling up challenges, enemy intelligence, future downloadable expansion possibilities, and so much more. Is Destiny worth the time and expense? Let's find out together. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Press The Buttons
If you needed additional evidence that Sony really wants to move on from supporting the PlayStation Portable, look no further than IGN which is reporting today that the company plans to suspend PlayStation Store support for the aging handheld in Europe, Oceania, Asia, and Africa. While access to the store will become just a faded memory, players will still be able to purchase PSP software through the online web interface and previous purchases will still be available via the PSP's download list. If you bought content before, you can still access it. Sony isn't cutting the cord entirely. Here's Cassidee... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Press The Buttons