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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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Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance forming on Nintendo Switch
4 days ago

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance forming on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo fans may recall the classic D&D action role-playing game, Baldur’s Date: Dark Alliance, originally released for the GameCube and GameBoy Advance. A remastered release is now coming to Nintendo Switch, and it’s doing so tomorrow, May 7th.
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Blast Brigade charging to Nintendo Switch this year
5 days ago

Blast Brigade charging to Nintendo Switch this year

With a title like Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread, you just know this new game from Allods Team Arcade is going to be all about action. More specifically, 2D platformer action all Metroidvania style with a heavy dose of inspiration from ’80s movies.
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Tandem: A Tale of Shadows to be told on Nintendo Switch
2 weeks ago

Tandem: A Tale of Shadows to be told on Nintendo Switch

What do Jules Verne, Conan Doyle, and Time Burton have in common? Quite a few things, I’d imagine. But relevant to Nintendo Switch owners, they’ve all inspired Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, a puzzle platformer coming later this year from developer Monochrome and Publisher Hatinh Interactive.
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 weeks ago

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Nintendo Switch)

The opening of Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is so convoluted that it seems to be warning players to not start here. Thankfully, once it decides to get going, this conclusion to the series rarely lets up.
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EPOS launches Switch-compatible H3 wired gaming headset
3 weeks ago

EPOS launches Switch-compatible H3 wired gaming headset

Having been quite impressed with their GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds, EPOS has become a hardware company to keep on our radar. As such, we’re excited to see the announcement of their H3 wired closed acoustic gaming headset.
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Review: El Hijo – A Wild West Tale (Nintendo Switch)
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4 weeks ago

Review: El Hijo – A Wild West Tale (Nintendo Switch)

El Hijo – A Wild West Tale is really not all that wild. Unlike most stealth puzzle games I’ve played, getting caught doesn’t end in bloodshed, and there’s no option to kill your would-be captors to avoid detection. Instead, the whole point of this game is to be sneaky. Is that enough?
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Review: What the Dub?! (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
1 month ago

Review: What the Dub?! (Nintendo Switch)

In What the Dub?!, you’re given a quick scene from goofy, public domain programming with a line removed. It’s up to you and the other players to complete the dialogue. As such, it’s a game that relies almost entirely on the comedic capabilities of your friends.
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Review: Black Legend (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
1 month ago

Review: Black Legend (Nintendo Switch)

The medieval setting of Black Legend is not a happy place to be. Unlike most turn-based RGPs available for the Switch, there’s not a lot of color. There are no opulent outfits with which to play dress-up. There are no melodramatic teenagers. But is that a positive or a negative?
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Review: Bravely Default II (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 months ago

Review: Bravely Default II (Nintendo Switch)

Bravely Default II is a prime example of a development team at the top of its game. The map exploration and turn-based combat are as tight and fluid as any JRPG I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch, but a couple problems on the periphery prevent it from being as great as it could have been.
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Channel your inner Tom Servo with What the Dub?! this April
2 months ago

Channel your inner Tom Servo with What the Dub?! this April

Have you ever watched an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and gotten angry when the actors stepped on your lines? Well, you can now step into the spotlight with What The Dub?!, a multiplayer party game that tasks you with creating the wittiest dubs to cinema’s most cringeworthy moments.
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Review: Knight’s Retreat (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months ago

Review: Knight’s Retreat (Nintendo Switch)

Knight’s Retreat takes the core moveset of chess and breaks them down to single-player puzzles. You’re a knight, and you’re retreating to your kingdom. The challenge comes from the very precise path you must take to get there.
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Review: EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds
8.5
2 months ago

Review: EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds

We can all stop waiting for the mythical Switch Pro to get wireless gaming audio. The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid earbuds offer aptX connectivity tailored specifically to the Nintendo Switch, with standard Bluetooth compatibility for your other systems and devices.
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Review: Castle Kong (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Castle Kong (Nintendo Switch)

I shouldn’t have to tell you from where Castle Kong draws its inspiration. It’s right there in the name. This game is such a faithful homage to Donkey Kong that you may be wondering whether there’s even a point. There is.
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Become a Star Wars Republic Commando in April
3 months ago

Become a Star Wars Republic Commando in April

Star Wars fans continue to have a strong and trusted ally in Aspyr. The publishing company recently brought Star Wars Episode 1 Racer and the Jedi Knight games to the Switch, and they’ve just announced that Star Wars Republic Commando will arrive on April 6th.
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Review: Undermine (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Undermine (Nintendo Switch)

In Undermine, you start as a miner sent underground to dig for gold and other resources, rescue some villagers, and figure out what’s causing all those tremors. So, you do that. And then you die. Enter the next miner. Same tasks. Same fate. Is this really a job worth accepting?
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King of Seas gets new publisher, release date
3 months ago

King of Seas gets new publisher, release date

If you’ve been waiting to become the King of Seas on Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to set sail in May of 2021. This is the target release date now that developer 3DClouds has teamed with Team17 to publish the action RPG for multiple platforms.
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Review: Tadpole Treble Encore (Nintendo Switch)
8
3 months ago

Review: Tadpole Treble Encore (Nintendo Switch)

Having completely missed the original game on the Wii U, I’ll admit to starting Tadpole Treble Encore with some trepidation. But this is a very good rhythm game that fans of the genre will certainly want to play on the Switch if they skipped the initial release.
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Review: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy (Nintendo Switch)
8
3 months ago

Review: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy (Nintendo Switch)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy may lack the melodrama and heroics of most JRPGs, but it still offers a lengthy campaign full of compelling combat, exploration, and crafting.
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