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About Kirk Hiner

Raised on Intellivision and Star Frontiers, I've been a gamer since I was old enough to say, "There's nothing on TV." There's still nothing on TV so I'm still playing games, and I likely will be until I'm able to retire to Wuhu Island.
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Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
3 hours ago

Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)

Nancy Reagan made it quite clear in my youth that I’m supposed to “Just say no.” I’m glad I succumbed to peer pressure, however, and gave Infini a try. This thematically bizarre and visually trippy game ended up winning me over as both a challenging puzzle platformer and as an inadvertent P.S.A. for my kids.
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Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 days ago

Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)

There was a time when I’d tell people half-jokingly that the best thing about having kids is the excuse they provided for watching SpongeBob SquarePants. I now realize this isn’t true; one doesn’t need an excuse to watch SpongeBob. One also doesn’t need an excuse to play SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
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The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores
2 weeks ago

The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores

If you prefer for your heroes to not be so…digital, you’ll be pleased to know PlatinumGames and Nighthawk Interactive have announced The Wonderful 101: Remastered is now available physically in North America, and will arrive in Europe on July 3rd.
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Review: Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 weeks ago

Review: Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition has now been relaunched by a new publisher, packing puzzles from various Home Sheep Home incarnations with new multiplayer content. All this considered, Farmageddon Party Edition is as clever and charming as Shaun himself.
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Review: Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (Nintendo Switch)
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2 weeks ago

Review: Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (Nintendo Switch)

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia doesn’t bother you with gimmicks to cross genres. This tactical RPG doesn’t simplify itself to appeal to casual gamers. It’s made for people who enjoy a turn-based, strategic challenge, and then it challenges them.
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Bask in these free Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer updates
3 weeks ago

Bask in these free Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer updates

You knew when you bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons on release day that it would be keeping you busy for quite some time, and Nintendo is not about to give you the summer off. On the contrary, they’ve just announced a series of free updates
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Space Invaders Invincible Collection
3 weeks ago

Space Invaders Invincible Collection

It may not include a 7″ single for Uncle Vic’s Space Invaders, but TAITO and Strictly Limited Games’ Space Invaders Invincible Collection will be bringing just about everything else to the Nintendo Switch on Sunday, June 28th.
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Review: Railway Empire (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Railway Empire (Nintendo Switch)

Railway Empire for Nintendo Switch has little interest in whether you want to play it. There’s a good sim/management game here, I just get the feeling it was developed by train aficionados who don’t want you in their club unless you’re perfectly in sync with their rules.
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Review: Arcade Archives: Sunset Riders (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
4 weeks ago

Review: Arcade Archives: Sunset Riders (Nintendo Switch)

Originally released in 1991, Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling action game that allows up to four players to ride, shoot, and booze their way across the wild west. And like many old westerns, it holds up very well.
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Review: Knight Squad (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
4 weeks ago

Review: Knight Squad (Nintendo Switch)

Honestly? I haven’t been happy with Super Mario Party for quite some time. This saddens me because I enjoy playing party games with my family. Can a third-party game such as Knight Squad fill that void?
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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer gets new release date
4 weeks ago

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer gets new release date

Fans who have been following the progress of Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on Nintendo Switch can officially restart the countdown. Aspyr has announced the new release date today via Twitter.
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Review: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
9.5
1 month ago

Review: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is just that. We all know how it took nearly two years and a massive fan campaign to get its initial U.S. release, and yet here we are—10 years later—looking at the third version of the game. Is it worth another quest across the Bionis on Nintendo Switch?
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Review: mClassic game console graphics processor
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1 month ago

Review: mClassic game console graphics processor

By  •  Reviews, Wii, Wii U

If you’re a Nintendo gamer of any duration, you’ve surely come to accept that we’ll always lag behind the other consoles graphically. And yet if there was a way to make the Nintendo graphics just a tick better, would you try it out? That’s what Marseille is hoping with their mClassic graphics processor.
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Banner of the Maid unfurled for Nintendo Switch
1 month ago

Banner of the Maid unfurled for Nintendo Switch

If, like me, you’ve ever watched Les Miserables and thought, “You know, this would be a lot better with fewer songs and more turn-based battles,” then you’ll be pleased to hear that CE-Asia and Azure Flame Studio are bringing Banner of the Maid to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
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Umihara Kawase Bazooka! is getting physical
2 months ago

Umihara Kawase Bazooka! is getting physical

Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! is a fast-paced action game featuring 22 iconic characters from Japanese cult games, and the Nintendo Switch is getting three “fast-paced physical editions” from ININ Games.
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Review: Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Nintendo Switch)

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky takes us back to WWI in which you either play alongside the Red Baron or as a guy looking to finally end his spree. Should you join up? That depends upon just how loyal you are to arcade aerial combat.
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Review: Pong Quest (Nintendo Switch)
6
2 months ago

Review: Pong Quest (Nintendo Switch)

Pong Quest is a clever, valiant run at modernizing 1972’s Pong, aided by solid controls and some decent multiplayer life. But it’s still just Pong, and the game is at its best when they help you forget that.
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Red Wings: Aces of the Sky landing on Nintendo Switch in May
2 months ago

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky landing on Nintendo Switch in May

There’s just something about WWI-era aerial combat that makes for quality gaming. I loved it in the arcade in the ’80s, and I loved it on my Mac LC II in the ’90s. On May 21st, I’ll get to love it in the ’20s. That’s when publisher All in! Games will release Red Wings: Aces of the Sky for Nintendo Switch.
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