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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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Taito Milestones preorder coming soon
7 days ago

Taito Milestones preorder coming soon

Taito Milestones sounds like my kind of arcade. This new collection from TAITO and ININ Games will come with 10 ’80s arcade games, each of which is meant to represent “…a breakthrough in development of gaming history.”
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Review: Blue Reflection: Second Light (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 weeks ago

Review: Blue Reflection: Second Light (Nintendo Switch)

Blue Reflection: Second Light isn’t your typical JRPG with mech or mystical militaries fighting against rogue gods. It’s the story of a group of young women learning about who they are and how they fit into a world they don’t understand. And I’m not ashamed to say I have more in common with that than the guys who fight the gods.
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Review: Panorama Cotton (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Panorama Cotton (Nintendo Switch)

Panorama Cotton—originally released in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive—changes up the series’ side-scrolling shmup gameplay by giving us a 3D view of the action, but it’s not necessarily a change for the best.
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Review: Astria Ascending (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Astria Ascending (Nintendo Switch)

It’s not often that video game failures get a new lease on life, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Astria Ascending. It checks off the proper JRPG boxes while adding enough unique twists to satisfy fans of the genre, but is it compelling enough to attract other gamers?
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Review: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
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1 month ago

Review: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a unique survival horror game that looks great and runs well on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re looking to dig into something creepy and unnerving, it’s definitely worth the price. However, it is haunted by a couple problems that could frighten off some players.
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Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality arrives on Switch tomorrow
1 month ago

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality arrives on Switch tomorrow

Although Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality from Maze Theory and BBC Studios still has not appeared in the Nintendo eShop, we have it on good authority that the Switch version is set to launch tomorrow, October 28th, 2021.
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Review: The Long Gate (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
1 month ago

Review: The Long Gate (Nintendo Switch)

The Long Gate bills itself as “…a challenging and elaborate puzzle game with puzzles based on real world physics and circuits.” If any of those words frighten you, stay away. But if you’re within its target audience, The Long Gate has its rewards.
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Review: Diablo II: Resurrected (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
1 month ago

Review: Diablo II: Resurrected (Nintendo Switch)

Truth be told, because I was firmly on the side of Baldur’s Gate in great gaming debate of the late ’90s, I’ve never played a Diablo game. Now that I’ve played Diablo II on the Switch, I…well, I won’t say I was on the wrong team, but I can freely admit that bypassing Diablo was a mistake.
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Review: WarioWare: Get It Together! (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: WarioWare: Get It Together! (Nintendo Switch)

I’m conflicted by WarioWare: Get It Together! This is somewhat by design, as the game is all about conflicts. Urgent, ridiculous, three-second conflicts. And whereas its traditional microgame formula is largely intact, a couple of development decisions can lessen their impact if you’re unwilling to adapt.
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Square Enix to open Dungeon Encounters October 14th
2 months ago

Square Enix to open Dungeon Encounters October 14th

Square Enix has certainly been keeping things interesting with some unique new games. The latest is Dungeon Encounters, a single-player dungeon exploration RPG that was just announced at Tokyo Games Show.
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Astria Ascending launches tomorrow
2 months ago

Astria Ascending launches tomorrow

One of the more intriguing announcements in Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct was the JRPG Astria Ascending. If you’re a fan of the genre, Artisan Studios and Dear Villagers would like to remind you that the game hits the Nintendo eShop tomorrow.
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Review: A Night at the Races (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: A Night at the Races (Nintendo Switch)

A Night at the Races isn’t quite what you’d expect from the title. It’s less of a race and more of a runner, and a very difficult one, at that. Unlike most runners, however, this one comes with a fairly intricate story to keep you involved between the levels.
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Touken Ranbu Warriors coming to Switch in 2022
2 months ago

Touken Ranbu Warriors coming to Switch in 2022

If yesterday’s Nintendo Direct didn’t press all your gaming buttons, KOEI TECMO America has just placed another on the console. Touken Ranbu Warriors is coming to Nintendo Switch in May of 2022.
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Review: WitchSpring3 [Re:Fine] – The Story of Eirudy (Nintendo Switch)
5.5
2 months ago

Review: WitchSpring3 [Re:Fine] – The Story of Eirudy (Nintendo Switch)

WitchSpring3 [Re:Fine] – The Story of Eirudy is a study in mobile vs. console gaming. Originally released for mobile devices, The [ReFine] version is a Switch port that makes some necessary improvements, but not enough to justify the price.
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Colors Live is live on Nintendo Switch
3 months ago

Colors Live is live on Nintendo Switch

Nighthawk Interactive has announced that Colors Live, the sequel to the critically acclaimed painting Nintendo 3DS game, Colors! 3D, is now available exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Developed by Collecting Smiles, Colors Live is a digital sketchbook for artists of all skill levels.
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BloodRayne: ReVamped will arise on Switch
3 months ago

BloodRayne: ReVamped will arise on Switch

Publisher Ziggurat Interactive has announced that “revamped” editions of the original BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2 are heading to Nintendo Switch and other consoles this fall. Both games will be available digitally and through an exclusive physical release through Limited Run Games.
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Review: Golf Club Wasteland (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Golf Club Wasteland (Nintendo Switch)

Telling a cautionary tale isn’t usually the goal of an arcade sport game, but that’s what Golf Club Wasteland does. Major corporations have rendered the Earth uninhabitable, so the one-percenters have fled to Mars and only return to play a few rounds of golf, which totally checks.
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Review: Cotton Reboot! (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Cotton Reboot! (Nintendo Switch)

If you’re a fan of scrolling shooters, don’t overlook this remake of Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams as I originally did. Cotton Reboot! is a game worthy of its titular exclamation mark.
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