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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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Launch trailer takes Switch gamers To the Moon
2 weeks ago

Launch trailer takes Switch gamers To the Moon

Originally released in 2011, the story-driven RPG To the Moon is getting a Nintendo Switch release on January 16th. To celebrate the pending arrival, Freebird Games and X.D. Network have just released the launch trailer…and it’s pretty spectacular.
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Cross the Broken Lines with this new gameplay trailer
2 weeks ago

Cross the Broken Lines with this new gameplay trailer

Broken Lines—a tactical combat RPG from developer PortaPlay—will be released for Nintendo Switch in February of 2020. To make sure we’re ready to handle the mission, a new, narrative-focused gameplay trailer has just been released.
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Review: Mushroom Quest (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Mushroom Quest (Nintendo Switch)

Mushroom Quest for Nintendo Switch reminds us that blocks have been a part of video gaming from the moment video gaming was conceived. Here, you’re tasked with shoving them around in order to help a young mushroom collect all the coins. It’s pretty basic, but it works.
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Review: Clumsy Rush (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Clumsy Rush (Nintendo Switch)

There are countless video games available with complex control schemes that seem designed to drive you to madness. Clumsy Rush is the exact opposite. It’s still designed to drive you to madness, mind you, but it does so with just two buttons.
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Review: Breathing Fear (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Breathing Fear (Nintendo Switch)

The winner of the Games Jam: Gamm, Breathing Fear’s entire existence is based on the notion that pixel graphics can be creepy. Well, pixel graphics and a good story. I’m not sure it’s entirely successful in that regard, but I remained intrigued as I played through it.
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Two Point Hospital now opening on February 25th, 2020
1 month ago

Two Point Hospital now opening on February 25th, 2020

Video games have a habit of taking what’s horrible in real life (war, death, running) and making it fun. On February 25th of next year, SEGA Europe Ltd and Two Point Studios will do the same thing with the health care industry when they release Two Point Hospital on Nintendo Switch.
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GRID Autosport updates add multiplayer racing
1 month ago

GRID Autosport updates add multiplayer racing

Feral Interactive has announced that two free updates will make multiplayer racing available to all owners of GRID Autosport. Those hoping for online multiplayer, however, will have to wait a bit longer.
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Review: Bee Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Bee Simulator (Nintendo Switch)

I’ll let you know right away that I’m a bit disappointed by Bee Simulator. That’s partially because I’m a grown adult and partially because they didn’t nail down one of the core mechanics of the game. I’ll expand on both of these points in a bit. First, let’s learn about the game and find out why you may still want to get it.
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will hit the Switch in 2020
2 months ago

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will hit the Switch in 2020

If you’ve been waiting since it’s August Netflix release to further explore the planet Thra, we now know when you’ll be able to do so. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will be released for the Switch on February 4, 2020.
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Review: Battle Planet – Judgement Day (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Battle Planet – Judgement Day (Nintendo Switch)

Battle Planet – Judgement Day dares you to either love it or hate it within the first few minutes, much the classic arcade games from the ‘80s. I respect that, but I’m not entirely sold on games requiring you to play the same levels over and over in order to advance.
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Review: Zumba® Burn it Up! (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Zumba® Burn it Up! (Nintendo Switch)

I appreciate exercise software. Honestly, the ability to get a guided workout in the privacy of my own home is part of the appeal of Nintendo systems for me, and that guided workout is Zumba: Burn it Up’s main goal. I just wish I could dance better.
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Review: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 months ago

Review: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Within the first five minutes of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt we get a horse decapitation, a bird that kills a guy by flying into his eyeball, and a lingering shot of naked buttocks. If any of that puts you off, you may as well stop reading right now. For everyone else…man, is this a great game.
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Review: Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)

The RPG element has been overblown, but Ring Fit Adventure provides just enough incentive for you to get up and get a surprisingly effective workout. Even better? It does so without forcing you to listen to Billie Eilish, Pinkfong, Billy Ray Cyrus, et. al.
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Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle now available for purchase
3 months ago

Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle now available for purchase

Available digitally and in retail stores (download code only, no game card), Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle offers up $80 worth of in-game content for $29.99.
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Review: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Nintendo Switch)

The good news with Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is that the folks at Frozenbyte are masters of 2.5D puzzle-platforming gameplay. The possible bad news, however, is that there’s not a whole lot to separate Trine 4 from Trine 1 and 2. I say “possible” bad news because I understand most fans of the series aren’t going to care.
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Review: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

I have never before played a Dragon Quest game. I see now that this is a mistake. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is such a robust, charming, and engaging JRPG that it currently stands as my favorite game of 2019.
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Review: Fatal Fracture (Nintendo 3DS)
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3 months ago

Review: Fatal Fracture (Nintendo 3DS)

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Fatal Fracture’s entire description in the Nintendo eShop is, “Destroy all enemies in an endless cycle of levels.” Allow me to expand on that with, “A repetitive, nondescript first-person shooter that’ll make you wish you’d just taken your dollar, folded it into a fun shape, and tossed it into the street.”
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Switch-exclusive Zumba Burn it Up! now available for pre-order
3 months ago

Switch-exclusive Zumba Burn it Up! now available for pre-order

If you prefer dancing to adventuring in your exercise games, you’ll be happy to know the Switch-exclusive Zumba Burn it Up! is now available for pre-order ahead of its November 19th launch date.
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