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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: The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak (Nintendo Switch)
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2 weeks ago

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak (Nintendo Switch)

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak serves as a fresh start. Although some locations, characters, and references will be familiar to series fans of the Trails series, there’s very little to this JRPG that will make newcomers feel lost.
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Review: Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
3 weeks ago

Review: Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (Nintendo Switch)

In my review of the original Shin Megami Tensei V back in 2021, I wrote, “…it’s been a long time since I’ve disliked the start of a game as much as Shin Megami Tensei V’s.” And yet, in 2024, I started it again. Don’t you want to know how that turned out for me?
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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration receives expansion
4 weeks ago

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration receives expansion

Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition will come with 39 new games split into two new timelines. It’ll also be available in a Steelbook physical version with plenty of goodies.
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Hello Kitty Island Adventure hops to Nintendo Switch
1 month ago

Hello Kitty Island Adventure hops to Nintendo Switch

Sunblink has announced that the current Apple Arcade-exclusive cozy life sim, Hello Kitty Island Adventure, will hit PC and Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive in 2025.
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Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
1 month ago

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Nintendo Switch)

My review of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is quite late, but that’s partially by design due to performance issues with the Switch version. 505 Games has now released a patch to address them. Did it do the trick?
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Slipknot unmasks Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
1 month ago

Slipknot unmasks Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

The SMT V: Vengeance masks were inspired by the demons Gurulu, Daemon, and Loup-Garou from the game, and all three are being made available to fans via the Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance x Slipknot Demon Mask Sweepstakes
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak demo bullet point impressions
1 month ago

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak demo bullet point impressions

By  •  Previews

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak is the first chapter of the second half of the Trails series, but the game takes place in a new setting with new characters, so players will not feel overwhelmed at the start. Need proof? Try the demo, as I have.
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SMTV: Vengeance will remember you
2 months ago

SMTV: Vengeance will remember you

I hope you kept your game saves safe. Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance releases for Nintendo Switch and other consoles in just a couple weeks, and it’ll come with bonuses for those played the original version on the Switch.
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Trails Through Daybreak demo downloads June 4th
2 months ago

Trails Through Daybreak demo downloads June 4th

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak is just a little over a month away, but series fans won’t have to wait that long to get started. NIS America announced today that a demo is being released on June 4th, and save data will transfer over to the full game.
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Review: Musashi vs. Cthulhu (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months ago

Review: Musashi vs. Cthulhu (Nintendo Switch)

Well, here we go. The fight of the centuries. A nightmarish Dewey Decimal mixup between Edo-era Japanese history, early 20th century pulp sci-fi, and the Who Would Win books. It’s Musashi vs. Cthulhu, and the winner can now be determined on the Nintendo Switch.
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Review: Goliath Depot (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Goliath Depot (Nintendo Switch)

It’s easy to recommend Goliath Depot to fans of classic arcade games, but does it have enough modern additions and replay incentives to engage a wider audience? Well, that’s what the review is for.
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Review: Ikki Unite (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
2 months ago

Review: Ikki Unite (Nintendo Switch)

The original Famicon version of Ikki led one reviewer to coin the term kusogē, or “crap game.” Ikki Unite is not kusogē, although your mileage with it will depend whether you’re initiating the game’s uprising alone or with online company.
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Review: Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
2 months ago

Review: Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! (Nintendo Switch)

Here, we’ve got this ultra-violent, gory anime, and—with Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board!—SEGA has turned it into a pleasant evening of light-hearted fun and family-friendly competition.
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REYNATIS begins in September, ends with you
2 months ago

REYNATIS begins in September, ends with you

NIS America, Inc. has announced that their action RPG, REYNATIS, will be released for Nintendo Switch and other platforms on September 27th, 2024 with special crossover content rom Square Enix’s NEO: The World Ends With You.
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Review: Class of Heroes 1&2: Complete Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Class of Heroes 1&2: Complete Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Bill and I each took a game in Class of Heroes 1&2: Complete Edition, but we’ll review the collection as a whole because our thoughts are largely similar, and because it’ll be best if we work through those thoughts together.

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Shiren the Wanderer DLC now available for Switch
3 months ago

Shiren the Wanderer DLC now available for Switch

Spike Chunsoft’s roguelike RPG Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island is one of my favorite Nintendo Switch games of early 2024. And with the newly released DLC, that love is looking to push to mid-year and beyond.
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Demon Slayer ~Kimetsu no Yaiba~ Sweep the Board! now available for Switch
3 months ago

Demon Slayer ~Kimetsu no Yaiba~ Sweep the Board! now available for Switch

In Demon Slayer: Kibetsu no Yaiba, a kind-hearted boy named Tanjiro returns from a day of work to find his entire family brutally murdered by a demon, with his sister having become a demon herself. So, clearly, let’s make it a family board game!
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Review: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
3 months ago

Review: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster (Nintendo Switch)

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster may be one of the coolest, trippiest looking games you’ll play this year. That’s quite an achievement for a title originally released in 2011.
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