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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: Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 days ago

Review: Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed (Nintendo Switch)

I’ve been playing video games for a very long time. I’ve killed monsters and demons in many different ways. And although I can’t (and wouldn’t want to) recall each method, I can say with certainty that Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed is the first time I’ve done so by stripping them.
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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will resurface this Halloween
2 days ago

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will resurface this Halloween

One of the more pleasant surprises to come from the E3 Nintendo Direct was that KOEI TECMO is updating 2014’s Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. We now know the game will be released for Switch, other consoles, and Windows PC on October 28th, 2021, in North America.
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Review: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 weeks ago

Review: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Nintendo Switch)

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox provides a solid JRPG experience for genre and franchise fans. Unfortunately, some visual and technical issues prevent it from being as good as it could have been. Head inside to find out if you should accompany Adol Christin on his latest adventure.
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Review: Astalon: Tears of the Earth (Nintendo Switch)
8
3 weeks ago

Review: Astalon: Tears of the Earth (Nintendo Switch)

Retro 2D platformers are a dime a dozen on the Nintendo Switch. This makes sense, because a) they’re fun to play, and b) they’re perfectly suited for gaming on the go. If you find yourself in need of a new one at this present time, allow me to point you towards Astalon: Tears of the Earth.
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Review: Beautiful Desolation (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
1 month ago

Review: Beautiful Desolation (Nintendo Switch)

The amount of things you have to kill to level up, acquire rare items, or just advance the plot in adventure games would exhaust most of us in real life. By removing combat, Beautiful Desolation is, therefore, perhaps one the most realistic RPGs I’ve ever played. But is it fun?
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Review: Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (Nintendo Switch)
7
1 month ago

Review: Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (Nintendo Switch)

In this age when older games are being rebuilt or remastered, the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection does little more than combine three Ninja Gaiden titles and their DLC, making them conveniently available at a fair price. Is that enough?
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E3 2021: “Hands-On” with Toy Soldiers HD
1 month ago

E3 2021: “Hands-On” with Toy Soldiers HD

By  •  E3

E3 2021 didn’t really afford us much of an option to go hands-on with upcoming games, but that didn’t stop us from meeting with Signal Studios GM Brett Gow to learn more about the forthcoming tower defense game, Toy Soldiers HD.
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E3 2021: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water to terrorize the Switch
1 month ago

E3 2021: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water to terrorize the Switch

As part of the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, KOEI TECOM announced that the horror-adventure game Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is getting a makeover and a 2021 release on Nintendo Switch and other platforms.
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E3 2021: SacriFire planned for Switch launch in 2022
2 months ago

E3 2021: SacriFire planned for Switch launch in 2022

Pixelated Milk—the developers of Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs and Warsaw—used the PC Gaming Show at E3 2021 to announce that SacriFire can now be backed at Kickstarter for a 2022 release on Nintendo Switch and other platforms.
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E3 2021: Nintendo Switch highlights from the Future Games Show
2 months ago

E3 2021: Nintendo Switch highlights from the Future Games Show

E3 2021 wrapped up day with the streaming Future Games Show. This showcase of newly released and upcoming games for Steam and consoles, so a lot of it was not relevant to Nintendo Switch gamers. But that’s why we’re here. Check inside for a quick overview of all Switch game announcements.
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E3 2021 Nintendo Switch game highlights, day one (and a half)
2 months ago

E3 2021 Nintendo Switch game highlights, day one (and a half)

The lack of a physical game floor and hasn’t prevented developers from announcing quite few fun, new titles for the Switch. We’ve also got some updates on games we previously knew were coming. Here are a few titles you’ll want to keep your eye on.
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Monark takes flight on Switch in 2022
2 months ago

Monark takes flight on Switch in 2022

How far will you go to save the ones you love? Could you face the threats that surround you? Could you face yourself? The answer to these questions (and possible others) will be revealed early next year when NIS America releases Monark for Nintendo Switch.
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E3 2021: Earth becomes a Golf Club Wasteland this August
2 months ago

E3 2021: Earth becomes a Golf Club Wasteland this August

In the “inevitable future,” 99% of human life has been wiped off the face of the Earth. I’ll give you one good guess as to who comprises the 1% that successfully fled to Mars. Here’s a hint…they love to golf.
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Review: Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Nintendo Switch)

If you’re looking to fill your summer with something more unique than what we normally see on the Switch, consider Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Remastered.
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Nintendo Direct scheduled for E3 2021
2 months ago

Nintendo Direct scheduled for E3 2021

We now also know how and when Nintendo’s virtual participation in E3 2021 will occur. The company has announced a June 15th Nintendo Direct, followed by a three-hour Nintendo Treehouse: Live.
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Review: Rise Eterna (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Rise Eterna (Nintendo Switch)

Rise Eterna is a respectful throwback to a time when tactical RPGs were about the battles, not about petting faces or shipping your teacher. Unfortunately, it’s also a reminder of just why tactical RPGs now ask you to do things like pet faces and ship your teacher.
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Review: Maneater (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months ago

Review: Maneater (Nintendo Switch)

Remember the scene in Piranha 3D when the piranhas attacked the beach partiers, turning the water redder than their beer-filled Solo cups? If, like me, your thought the whole time was, “Finally,” then Maneater may be the game for you.
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Switch players can peel back Layers of Fear 2 this month
3 months ago

Switch players can peel back Layers of Fear 2 this month

What could be scarier than the thought of getting on an ocean liner during a global pandemic? Getting on one captained by Bloober Team. The studio that brought us Layers of Fear and Observer has announced that Layers of Fear 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 20th, 2021.
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