Power Button - Episode 345: Coma Catch-Up

Power ButtonWhen you spend forty-five days in the hospital like I did, you miss a lot of video gaming industry news.  That's why on this week's podcast, Blake Grundman fills me in on all of the stuff that I missed.  Join us for months worth of events jammed down into ninety minutes.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


A Boy And His Cancelled Blob Resurface

A Boy and His BlobAfter reading Dylan Mansfield's complete history of Majesco's 2005 attempt to revive the A Boy and His Blob franchise for the Nintendo DS, I can only say "I'm sorry I wasted my time."  I was excited about this!  I didn't know better.  Back at E3 2005 I did my best to find a playable demo of the game and was unsuccessful at every turn, and knowing what I know about the project now, I wish I'd put my time on the show floor to better use.  The Majesco representative at their booth even denied they were working on the game.  At the time I chalked it up to industry secrecy, but now that I've seen how the game was shaping up at the time, perhaps the rep was just embarrassed by it.  We definitely dodged a bullet on this one from the ugly character design to the uninspired used of jellybean power-ups to control Blob to the repetitive levels in which the Boy kills human enemies, completely betraying the pacifist themes of the original games.  I'm so glad that when Majesco tried again in 2009, they went with Wayforward's must more beloved take on the franchise.  Anyways, go read the article over at Gaming Alexandria to learn how it almost went so wrong (twice over if you count the axed Game Boy Advance version).  You can even download the unfinished game to try if you want to be personally disappointed.


Prepare For Trouble And Make It Triple

Sonic Triple TroubleSega's classic Sonic the Hedgehog games for the Genesis are still held up as the best in the series, but the handheld Game Gear titles deserve a little spotlight of their own.  The last of those games, Sonic Triple Trouble, was the companion game for Sonic 3 and Knuckles featuring Knuckles as an enemy tricked by Dr. Robotnik once again and a new rival in the form of Nack the Weasel who is running his own plan to collect Chaos Emeralds.  Now Triple Trouble is back as a fan-created game developed by Noah Copeland for Windows and Android that converts the game into a Genesis title and expands on it with new experiences including adding Knuckles and Nack as playable characters, real-time character switching between Sonic and Tails, new level gimmicks, and much more.  Best of all, as a fan game, it's completely free!


Power Button - Episode 344: Health Hiatus

Power ButtonNow then, where were we?  Sorry to be away for so long, but that's what happens when one of the show hosts dies.  Don't worry too much though!  I got better.  Join us for an all new episode in which I tell the harrowing tale of just what happened to me, and then Blake Grundman steers us into discussing my rehab game of choice, Sonic Origins.  It's great to be back! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


Challenger A-purr-oaching!

While the door has closed on adding new characters to Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there's one last straggler character who wants a shot at the action and, like any good cat, she's showing up on her own schedule.  Check out the illustrious OwlKitty as she bats, paws, and struts her way through the action as a DLC character.  Since it's too late to add her to Smash, I guess we'll just have to hope for her to star in her own adventure someday.


Power Button - Episode 343: The Best That 2021 Had To Offer

Power ButtonWith 2021 complete and in the books, it's time for us to take our annual look at our personal picks for Game of the Year.  Join us for a supersized show in which we count down our top five picks, honorable mentions, and even a few dishonorable mentions. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


Power Button - Episode 342: 2021's Biggest News Revisited

Power ButtonAcquisitions.  Xbox Game Pass.  Banjo-Kazooie back on a Nintendo platform.  2021 was a wild year for video gaming news, so it's time for us to take our annual look back at the biggest events in the gaming world for the last year.  Settle in and join us for ninety minutes of discussion. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


Bobsun Dugnutt Returns

Bobson Dugnutt

The hilariously named players from 1995's Fighting Baseball for the Super Famicom have become a popular meme thanks to... well, with names like Bobsun Duggnut and Sleve McDicheal, I think you can understand why the Internet had a good laugh.  Now you can generate your own Fighting Baseball team members with Ariel Caplan's Bobsun Dugnutt Redux generator.  The whole thing is powered by some JavaScript and Cloudinary, generating a team roster in the style of the original video game.  Now batting: Douglus Tromk!


Power Button - Episode 341: Microsoft Puts A Ring On Activision-Blizzard

Power ButtonMicrosoft stunned the business world this week by laying out nearly $70B in cash to acquire Activision-Blizzard.  We have definite opinions about this purchase, so this week's podcast is dedicated to discussing the ramifications of what this means to the video game industry.  Blake also has a few gears to grind regarding gaming streaming culture catchphrases and controller holders shaped like beloved characters. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


Power Button - Episode 340: At Long Last, Metroid Dread

Power ButtonAfter more than a decade of waiting and wondering, fans finally have the chance to play the long-gestating Metroid Dread.  On this week's show, we discuss Nintendo's "Metroid 5" and how well we think it lives up to its impossible levels of hype.  Minimal spoilers on this one, so don't worry about accidentally learning story beats you would rather not know.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, 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 us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way.