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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. 


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. 


Power Button - Episode 338: N64 Expanded

Power ButtonWith the recent addition of Nintendo 64 title to the Nintendo Switch Online service, we spend an hour this week discussing how the games perform on the Switch, whether the package is a good value, and how well the new model of N64 controller works. 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 337: Nintendo Direct Q4 2021 Recap

Power ButtonNintendo recently released lots of news about upcoming releases for its Switch console, so we figured it was only fitting that we spend a little time discussing the big announcements including Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, Castlevania Advance Collection, and more. 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. 


N64, Genesis Games Coming To Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass

FAAM9byVEAc1FEfAfter years of slowly trickling games from the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES libraries onto the Nintendo Switch, new consoles will make their debut in late October... with a catch.  Coinciding with the introduction of classic Nintendo 64 games including Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as well as Sega Genesis games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Ristar is a new tier of paid service for the Nintendo Switch Online service.  For a price yet to be announced, players will have to buy the NSO's Expansion Pass to access the new console libraries.  If you want to overdose on 1990s nostalgia, Nintendo will sell wireless N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for $49.99 each.  Jay Peters at The Verge has all of the details along with the full list of launch titles for both consoles.

I will upgrade my NSO subscription to access the N64 games as very few of those have come back around again beyond the Wii Virtual Console days and it will be convenient to be able to play my old favorites in an easily accessible format.  Nintendo has even announced the addition of games such as Banjo-Kazooie to the service in the future (which is a big deal all by itself).  The Genesis games, on the other hand, have been kept in circulation for years thanks to compilation titles for modern consoles and even now-retro consoles (there are generous collections for multiple generations of Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox) plus the Sega Genesis classic micro console.  These games are cheap and easy to find.  Sure, add them to Switch, but I can't help but feel that they aren't that big a splash.  Even the novelty of Sega titles on Nintendo hardware was done back in the GameCube and Game Boy Advance years.  Hopefully we'll see games that have been in the vault show up eventually.


Power Button - Episode 335: Getting A Handle On 20 Years Of Nintendo GameCube

Power ButtonIt is absolutely anniversary season in the world of video games as this week we're commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Nintendo GameCube.  Join us for a discussion about the best and worth that the system has to offer along with some personal favorites and memories.  The big hitters like Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker are covered, of course, along with games including Sonic Gems Collection, Wario World, Spider-Man, Viewtiful Joe, and plenty more. 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 334: 30 Years Of 16 Bits

Power ButtonThe anniversaries just keep on coming as this week we turn our attention to the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America.  Bundled with Super Mario World and debuting with release titles SimCity, Pilotwings, and Gradius III, the Super NES would go on to host some of the very best video games of all time.  On this week's episode, we discuss the console's highs and lows along with some personal memories of how playing Super NES games were important moments in our lives. 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 333: Metroid Memories

Power ButtonIt's been thirty-five years since Nintendo released the original Metroid, and since then the franchise has gone to sport sequels, interquels, remakes, and spin-offs.  That's a lot of territory for what essentially boils down to four (soon to be five) games that make up the central plot of the series.  On this week's podcast, we're celebrating Metroid's big anniversary with a look back at the games, how they fit together, which ones we played over the years, and what's coming up next.  Join us for an hour 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.