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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: We Are Doomed (Nintendo Switch)
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15 hours ago

Review: We Are Doomed (Nintendo Switch)

In the twin-stick shooter We Are Doomed, your enemies are shapes, not aliens or robots or alien-robots. The backgrounds are trippy, not gritty. The music is almost new-age, not hyper-kinetic. If we truly are doomed, it’s a pretty relaxing way to go.
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Into the ring with WWE 2K Battlegrounds
5 days ago

Into the ring with WWE 2K Battlegrounds

WWE 2K Battlegrounds looks to find a balance between its arcade and sports sim roots, albeit with decidedly arcade leanings. The game will certainly provide over-the-top action—giving you access to weapons such as alligators and electricity—but it’s based on a system that gives players plenty of options to learn and master myriad moves.
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Official competitions announced for Tennis World Tour 2
1 week ago

Official competitions announced for Tennis World Tour 2

Tennis World Tour 2—a realistic sports sim that features the biggest tennis starts competing in world-famous competitions—is scheduled to open for Nintendo Switch on October 15th. And as we approach the release date, we’re learning a bit more about what tennis fans can expect expect from the game.
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The Oriental Pirate DLC announced for The Banner of the Maid
1 week ago

The Oriental Pirate DLC announced for The Banner of the Maid

Available for purchase on September 15th, The Oriental Pirate will introduce a new character named Mu Zhiyun. She serves under Ching Shih—a real-life prostitute turned dreaded pirate leader turned business woman—and arrives in Europe with a secret agenda (as one would expect).
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Review: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)
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1 week ago

Review: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)

Full disclosure, I’ve never seen a single episode of Peaky Blinders. But that’s precisely why I took this review. Can an adventure/puzzle game work when it’s based on a TV show I’ve never seen?
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Experience Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20th
2 weeks ago

Experience Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20th

If you were wondering what the teased Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is going to be about, you can cross “prequel” off the list. Instead, that story is going to be told Mosou-style when Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is released for Nintendo Switch on November 20th.
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Review: Swimsanity! (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Swimsanity! (Nintendo Switch)

I have no interest in swimming. Never really understood the point of it. I thought perhaps this indifference might have carried over to the multiplayer action game Swimsanity. But after I braved the different game modes, things started to make a little more sense.
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is heading to the Switch
3 weeks ago

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is heading to the Switch

KOEI TECMO and developer Kou Shibusawa have announced that Nintendo Switch compatibility will accompany the release of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack that’s heading to North American gamers in early 2021.
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Review: Darkestville Castle (Nintendo Switch)
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4 weeks ago

Review: Darkestville Castle (Nintendo Switch)

Two things go into making a good adventure game: story and puzzles. You can lean in one direction or the other, but effective use of both can create a truly timeless experience. Darkestville Castle may not fully reach those heights, but it’ll have you fondly recalling those that did.
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Save up to 50% on multiplayer Switch games through August 30th
4 weeks ago

Save up to 50% on multiplayer Switch games through August 30th

If you haven’t yet filled up the microSD card on your Switch, Nintendo is giving you plenty of fun, socially inclusive ways to do so. The company has announced the Share the Fun sale, allowing gamers to save up to 75% on select multiplayer titles through the Nintendo eShop.
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Review: Banner of the Maid (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Banner of the Maid (Nintendo Switch)

Banner of the Maid is a highly unique entry in the shoulder-to-shoulder “thin red line” of turn-based JRPGs. Its alternate take on the French Revolution provides a wonderful backdrop for some of the best strategic gameplay I’ve experienced since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
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Review: Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel (Nintendo Switch)

I suppose if you’re going to turn a medieval French castle into a hotel, you have to expect some supernatural shenanigans. You expect priceless necklaces to go missing. You expect guests to fall into comas. You expect ghosts to haunt the wine cellar. What you don’t expect is for all of this to be so…dull.
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch on October 30th
1 month ago

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch on October 30th

A Switch release of Pikmin 3 has been rumored for a couple of the months. Nintendo has now made it official, complete with a release date. Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch will be available physically and digitally on October 30, 2020. Looks like you’ll be collecting juice for trick-or-treat since going door-to-door for candy will obviously not be a good idea.
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Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions
2 months ago

Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions

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Cris Tales, from developer Dreams Uncorporated, was one of the more intriguing demos I received back at E3 2019. This is why I was so eager to finally try out the demo that’s now available from the Nintendo eShop. It’s pretty short, but it’s enough to indicate that Cris Tales could be special.
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Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
2 months ago

Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

In our review of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout last November, we gave the game an 8/10, saying it’s an enjoyable JRPG that will keep you busy for hours. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now on its way to the Nintendo Switch, and this time it’ll keep you busy with an underwater dungeon.
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Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)

Aircraft Evolution is about as arcadey as an arcade game can be. A modern cross between Defender and Time Pilot, the game puts you in the cockpits of continuously advancing planes and tasks you with making big damage on the ground below. It’s fun, but can the fun last?
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

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

For me, JRPGs are all about the adventures, the battle systems, and the melodrama. Everything else is decoration, and that decoration can interfere with the overall experience. That’s what happened to me throughout The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. If you enjoy the accessories, however, this game is absolutely for you.
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Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release
2 months ago

Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release

It’s been over a year since I demoed Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin at E3 2019, and I’m excited to see we finally have a Nintendo Switch release date. XSEED has announced that the action/simulation game from Edelweiss will be available November 10th in retail and digital editions.
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