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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: WitchSpring3 [Re:Fine] – The Story of Eirudy (Nintendo Switch)
5.5
1 day 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
6 days 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
6 days 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)
8
2 weeks 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)
8
3 weeks 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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Review: Corpse Killer – 25th Anniversary Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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4 weeks ago

Review: Corpse Killer – 25th Anniversary Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Part of the reason I hated FMV games was the fear that this was the direction the industry was heading. Now that we’re safe in the knowledge that it never will happen, it can be fun to go back to that period to revel in our mistakes. Speaking of which…
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Review: Papa’s Quiz (Nintendo Switch)
7
1 month ago

Review: Papa’s Quiz (Nintendo Switch)

An issue with many trivia games is that the players need to be at the same level in order be competitive. That’s fine if you’re playing with friends, but it may not work with families. Papa’s Quiz changes the formula just enough to help solve that problem.
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Review: Epistory – Typing Chronicles (Nintendo Switch)
7
2 months ago

Review: Epistory – Typing Chronicles (Nintendo Switch)

Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a visual treat, and it plays like no other game I can think of on the Nintendo Switch. But there’s a reason for that, and that reason means you may be better off playing it on your computer.
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Review: Samurai Warriors 5 (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 months ago

Review: Samurai Warriors 5 (Nintendo Switch)

The first Musou-style game I ever played was Warriors Orochi III Hyper on the Wii U, and I had a great time with it. Unfortunately, none of the Warriors games I’ve played since then were quite able to recreate the same level of fun…until now.
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Review: Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months 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 months 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 months 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)
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2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 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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