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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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E3 2021: SacriFire planned for Switch launch in 2022
3 months ago

E3 2021: SacriFire planned for Switch launch in 2022

Pixelated Milk—the developers of Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs and Warsaw—used the PC Gaming Show at E3 2021 to announce that SacriFire can now be backed at Kickstarter for a 2022 release on Nintendo Switch and other platforms.
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E3 2021: Nintendo Switch highlights from the Future Games Show
3 months ago

E3 2021: Nintendo Switch highlights from the Future Games Show

E3 2021 wrapped up day with the streaming Future Games Show. This showcase of newly released and upcoming games for Steam and consoles, so a lot of it was not relevant to Nintendo Switch gamers. But that’s why we’re here. Check inside for a quick overview of all Switch game announcements.
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E3 2021 Nintendo Switch game highlights, day one (and a half)
3 months ago

E3 2021 Nintendo Switch game highlights, day one (and a half)

The lack of a physical game floor and hasn’t prevented developers from announcing quite few fun, new titles for the Switch. We’ve also got some updates on games we previously knew were coming. Here are a few titles you’ll want to keep your eye on.
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Monark takes flight on Switch in 2022
4 months ago

Monark takes flight on Switch in 2022

How far will you go to save the ones you love? Could you face the threats that surround you? Could you face yourself? The answer to these questions (and possible others) will be revealed early next year when NIS America releases Monark for Nintendo Switch.
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E3 2021: Earth becomes a Golf Club Wasteland this August
4 months ago

E3 2021: Earth becomes a Golf Club Wasteland this August

In the “inevitable future,” 99% of human life has been wiped off the face of the Earth. I’ll give you one good guess as to who comprises the 1% that successfully fled to Mars. Here’s a hint…they love to golf.
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Review: Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
4 months ago

Review: Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Nintendo Switch)

If you’re looking to fill your summer with something more unique than what we normally see on the Switch, consider Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Remastered.
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Nintendo Direct scheduled for E3 2021
4 months ago

Nintendo Direct scheduled for E3 2021

We now also know how and when Nintendo’s virtual participation in E3 2021 will occur. The company has announced a June 15th Nintendo Direct, followed by a three-hour Nintendo Treehouse: Live.
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Review: Rise Eterna (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Rise Eterna (Nintendo Switch)

Rise Eterna is a respectful throwback to a time when tactical RPGs were about the battles, not about petting faces or shipping your teacher. Unfortunately, it’s also a reminder of just why tactical RPGs now ask you to do things like pet faces and ship your teacher.
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Review: Maneater (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
4 months ago

Review: Maneater (Nintendo Switch)

Remember the scene in Piranha 3D when the piranhas attacked the beach partiers, turning the water redder than their beer-filled Solo cups? If, like me, your thought the whole time was, “Finally,” then Maneater may be the game for you.
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Switch players can peel back Layers of Fear 2 this month
4 months ago

Switch players can peel back Layers of Fear 2 this month

What could be scarier than the thought of getting on an ocean liner during a global pandemic? Getting on one captained by Bloober Team. The studio that brought us Layers of Fear and Observer has announced that Layers of Fear 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 20th, 2021.
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Review: Knight Squad 2 (Nintendo Switch)
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5 months ago

Review: Knight Squad 2 (Nintendo Switch)

The original Knight Squad was one of the more pleasant surprises in my review list last year. Knight Squad 2 adds online capabilities to the chaotic, multiplayer fun, but is it worth a new release as opposed to an upgrade to the original?
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Toy Soldiers HD to march again on the Switch
5 months ago

Toy Soldiers HD to march again on the Switch

Accelerate Games and Signal Studios have announced that an “…overhauled, upgraded, and better-than-ever Toy Soldiers™ HD…” will be released for consoles this August. And this time, that includes the Nintendo Switch
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Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance forming on Nintendo Switch
5 months ago

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance forming on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo fans may recall the classic D&D action role-playing game, Baldur’s Date: Dark Alliance, originally released for the GameCube and GameBoy Advance. A remastered release is now coming to Nintendo Switch, and it’s doing so tomorrow, May 7th.
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Blast Brigade charging to Nintendo Switch this year
5 months ago

Blast Brigade charging to Nintendo Switch this year

With a title like Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread, you just know this new game from Allods Team Arcade is going to be all about action. More specifically, 2D platformer action all Metroidvania style with a heavy dose of inspiration from ’80s movies.
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Tandem: A Tale of Shadows to be told on Nintendo Switch
5 months ago

Tandem: A Tale of Shadows to be told on Nintendo Switch

What do Jules Verne, Conan Doyle, and Time Burton have in common? Quite a few things, I’d imagine. But relevant to Nintendo Switch owners, they’ve all inspired Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, a puzzle platformer coming later this year from developer Monochrome and Publisher Hatinh Interactive.
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
5 months ago

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

The opening of Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is so convoluted that it seems to be warning players to not start here. Thankfully, once it decides to get going, this conclusion to the series rarely lets up.
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EPOS launches Switch-compatible H3 wired gaming headset
5 months ago

EPOS launches Switch-compatible H3 wired gaming headset

Having been quite impressed with their GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds, EPOS has become a hardware company to keep on our radar. As such, we’re excited to see the announcement of their H3 wired closed acoustic gaming headset.
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Review: El Hijo – A Wild West Tale (Nintendo Switch)
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5 months ago

Review: El Hijo – A Wild West Tale (Nintendo Switch)

El Hijo – A Wild West Tale is really not all that wild. Unlike most stealth puzzle games I’ve played, getting caught doesn’t end in bloodshed, and there’s no option to kill your would-be captors to avoid detection. Instead, the whole point of this game is to be sneaky. Is that enough?
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