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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: Castle Kong (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
17 hours 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 days 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)
8
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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Audio on the go with the GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds
1 month ago

Audio on the go with the GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds

One feature that’s sorely missing from the Nintendo Switch (and which will hopefully be addressed in the mythical Switch Pro) is wireless audio. Playing a portable system with wired headphones just seems so…DS, I guess. And it’s a problem EPOS is addressing now with their GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds.
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Contest: Win a physical copy of The Persistence for Nintendo Switch
1 month ago

Contest: Win a physical copy of The Persistence for Nintendo Switch

2021 has begun, and we can’t think of a better way to get up some momentum than with a game giveaway. Courtesy of Firesprite Games, Pure Nintendo is giving away three copies of the sci-fi survival horror game, The Persistence.
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Cris Tales Collector’s Edition available for pre-order
1 month ago

Cris Tales Collector’s Edition available for pre-order

We’ve been waiting for Cris Tales for quite some time. (I first learned about it in a demo at E3 2019, if that’s any indication). We’re getting pretty close to release now, and Modus Games has just announced a Cris Tales Collector’s Edition that will make waiting even harder.
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Review: Iris.Fall (Nintendo Switch)
7
1 month ago

Review: Iris.Fall (Nintendo Switch)

Iris.Fall is a short puzzle adventure. You can finish it in under five hours, and that’s just about right. Although the game is visually compelling throughout, the core gimmick wouldn’t be able to hold up much longer than that.
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Review: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)

Well, if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more time playing retro RPGs, I’ve got good news. KEMCO has released Crystal Ortha for Nintendo Switch, and it’s one of the better games they sent our way in 2020.
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Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition
2 months ago

Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition

Pre-orders for the Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition opened yesterday, and include a chicken plushie and a music diorama, both of which are appropriately adorable. The latter is one of the more unique bonuses we’ve seen in a collector’s edition.
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Review: What the Fork (Nintendo Switch)
7
2 months ago

Review: What the Fork (Nintendo Switch)

The Nintendo Switch has become a powerhouse of party games, offering players dozens of excellent options for local co-op and competitive play. Bit2Good’s action arcade game What the Fork is a recent example. Does it stack up against the competition?
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Review: Electro Ride: The Neon Racing (Nintendo Switch)
5
2 months ago

Review: Electro Ride: The Neon Racing (Nintendo Switch)

Electro Ride: The Neon Racing’s colorful design and pulsing soundtrack would be perfect for the type of arcade cabinet that surrounds you as you sit inside. On the Nintendo Switch, however, a lot of this style is lost, and we’re left with just another mediocre racing game.
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Review: Space Invaders Forever (Nintendo Switch)
7
2 months ago

Review: Space Invaders Forever (Nintendo Switch)

Space Invaders was never my cabinet of choice at full arcades, but I was happy to play it when there was nothing else (or at least nothing I was any good at). And this is why I appreciate Space Invaders Forever as much as I do. This particular collection, however, is not for everyone.
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Review: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Nintendo Switch)
8
2 months ago

Review: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Nintendo Switch)

BIT.TRIP FLUX was (is?) the final entry in the six game BIT.TRIP series, returning us to the start. Like BIT.TRIP BEAT, FLUX draws its inspiration from Pong, and It’s as engaging now as it was when it was originally released for Nintendo Wii in 2012.
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Review: BIT.TRIP CORE (Nintendo Switch)
7
2 months ago

Review: BIT.TRIP CORE (Nintendo Switch)

BIT.TRIP CORE is completely comfortable with what it is. Although it was originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2009, the game’s nucleus could’ve existed on the Atari 2600 if rhythm games had been a thing back then. So, how does it play on the Nintendo Switch in 2020?
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Review: Bus Driver Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
4
2 months ago

Review: Bus Driver Simulator (Nintendo Switch)

I’m sure there’s a market out there for a bus driving sim. The world is a big place, after all, so it’s safe to assume there’s a market for everything. But if you’ve been eagerly refreshing the Nintendo eShop hoping to finally get the definitive game for city bus immersion, I’m afraid to say Bus Driver Simulator is not it.
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