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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: Gris (Nintendo Switch)
9
16 hours ago

Review: Gris (Nintendo Switch)

Gris is a different kind of game. It’s your basic puzzle/platformer at its heart, but its presentation is so unique that it’s likely to connect with you in ways that few video games have.
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Review: Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Heavy Barrel (Nintendo Switch)
6
1 week ago

Review: Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Heavy Barrel (Nintendo Switch)

I generally have a problem with games that are released for nostalgic purposes, and Heavy Barrel does not break that trend. It’s a 21-year-old arcade action game faithfully reproduced on your Nintendo Switch, but it’s not one you’ll need to play if you don’t already have fond memories of it.
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Review: Warriors Orochi 4 (Nintendo Switch)
7
1 month ago

Review: Warriors Orochi 4 (Nintendo Switch)

Whereas I feel this is the best Mosou game currently available for the Switch, there’s not enough here to bring over any converts, especially those who played Fire Emblem Warriors and Hyrule Warriors specifically for the franchise tie-ins.
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Review: The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
1 month ago

Review: The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Nintendo Switch)

Whether you’ve got quiz-whizzes, skill-based arcade gamers, those who love to be creative or those who love to get into ethical debates, the Jackbox Party Pack 5 has a game for everyone at the party.
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Review: Debris Infinity (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months ago

Review: Debris Infinity (Nintendo Switch)

Debris Infinity lacks depth and longevity, but at only $5.00 it will continue to scratch that ’80s arcade itch for as long as you’re willing to let it.
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Review: Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Nintendo Switch)
9
2 months ago

Review: Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Nintendo Switch)

Truth be told, I’ve been wanting to play a Valkyria Chronicles game since I first saw the box for the original on that other side of the local GameStop. I was obviously thrilled when SEGA announced Valkyria Chronicles 4 was coming to the Switch, but has it been worth the wait?
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Review: Super Dungeon Tactics (Nintendo Switch)
8
3 months ago

Review: Super Dungeon Tactics (Nintendo Switch)

Underbite Games has brought the dice mechanic back to role-playing in a very unique way with Super Dungeon Tactics, now available for Nintendo Switch. Is it enough to make this a turn-based adventure worth taking? Yes, but not just because of the dice.
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Review: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
3 months ago

Review: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (Nintendo Switch)

If ever there was a game that clearly indicates developers are moving from the Nintendo 3DS to the Nintendo Switch, it’s Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. Should Switch owners be celebrating this? Let’s find out.
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Review: Freedom Planet (Nintendo Switch)
7
3 months ago

Review: Freedom Planet (Nintendo Switch)

How you feel about Freedom Planet on Nintendo Switch will largely be determined by what you loved and hated about the Genesis-era Sonic the Hedgehog games.
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Review: Okami HD (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
4 months ago

Review: Okami HD (Nintendo Switch)

Okami HD is a wonderful, exciting adventure that’s beautifully presented. Although the paintbrush mechanic can still be frustrating, the Nintendo Switch offers its best implementation of any platform.
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Interview: Pure Nintendo explores Super Dungeon Tactics with Underbite Games
4 months ago

Interview: Pure Nintendo explores Super Dungeon Tactics with Underbite Games

By  •  Interviews

This September, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to explore the unique battle system of Super Dungeon Tactics, a turn-based RPG from Underbite Games. To prepare for the release, we fired off some questions to the developers at Underbite to learn what we can expect from the Switch version.
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Review: Not a Hero (Nintendo Switch)
8
4 months ago

Review: Not a Hero (Nintendo Switch)

Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition is a vulgar, violent game, but the pixelated and colorful presentation—coupled with its sharp sense of humor—help to keep the tone light. I was pleasantly surprised by the snappy, addictive gameplay when I first dug into it, but could that be maintained across 21 levels? Let’s discuss.
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Review: Another World (Nintendo Switch)
6
5 months ago

Review: Another World (Nintendo Switch)

Contrary to popular thought, a video game isn’t “classic” just because it’s old. Even games that were groundbreaking in their day can feel stagnant 10, 20 or 30 years later. Is that the case with Another World, now available for Nintendo Switch? That’s what we’re here to find out.
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Review: Awkward (Nintendo Switch)
4
5 months ago

Review: Awkward (Nintendo Switch)

I enjoy when video gaming systems try to be party games. But I also enjoy when video games are finished, by which I mean the developers completed the creative process. That didn’t happen with Awkward, so let’s find out what went wrong.
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Review: Lanota (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
5 months ago

Review: Lanota (Nintendo Switch)

Lanota is a solid rhythm game for Nintendo Switch that’s both visually and aurally attractive. But considering its mobile roots, is the Switch a viable platform for its intricate tap/swipe gameplay?
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Review: Dragon Lapis (Nintendo 3DS)
7
6 months ago

Review: Dragon Lapis (Nintendo 3DS)

By  •  Reviews, 3DS

You may know the Kemco name through their slew of mobile games designed to bring the classic Nintendo JRPG feel to the iPhone and Android devices. With Dragon Lapis for the 3DS, you can now get that the retro experience directly on a Nintendo device. But does this work on a system that can give you so much more?
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Review: Jumping Joe & Friends (Nintendo Switch)
6
6 months ago

Review: Jumping Joe & Friends (Nintendo Switch)

With a name like Jumping Joe, you know he’s going to have friends. Jumping Joe’s gotta be a good guy, right? But does he have a good game? That depends on how you feel about mobile gaming on a console.
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Review: Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
6 months ago

Review: Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Nintendo Switch)

There’s a lot to like about Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory—an action-RPG now available for the Nintendo Switch—but it’s not easy to get there.
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