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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: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)

Full disclosure, I’ve never seen a single episode of Peaky Blinders. But that’s precisely why I took this review. Can an adventure/puzzle game work when it’s based on a TV show I’ve never seen?
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Experience Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20th
3 months ago

Experience Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20th

If you were wondering what the teased Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is going to be about, you can cross “prequel” off the list. Instead, that story is going to be told Mosou-style when Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is released for Nintendo Switch on November 20th.
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Review: Swimsanity! (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Swimsanity! (Nintendo Switch)

I have no interest in swimming. Never really understood the point of it. I thought perhaps this indifference might have carried over to the multiplayer action game Swimsanity. But after I braved the different game modes, things started to make a little more sense.
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is heading to the Switch
3 months ago

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is heading to the Switch

KOEI TECMO and developer Kou Shibusawa have announced that Nintendo Switch compatibility will accompany the release of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack that’s heading to North American gamers in early 2021.
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Review: Darkestville Castle (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Darkestville Castle (Nintendo Switch)

Two things go into making a good adventure game: story and puzzles. You can lean in one direction or the other, but effective use of both can create a truly timeless experience. Darkestville Castle may not fully reach those heights, but it’ll have you fondly recalling those that did.
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Save up to 50% on multiplayer Switch games through August 30th
3 months ago

Save up to 50% on multiplayer Switch games through August 30th

If you haven’t yet filled up the microSD card on your Switch, Nintendo is giving you plenty of fun, socially inclusive ways to do so. The company has announced the Share the Fun sale, allowing gamers to save up to 75% on select multiplayer titles through the Nintendo eShop.
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Review: Banner of the Maid (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Banner of the Maid (Nintendo Switch)

Banner of the Maid is a highly unique entry in the shoulder-to-shoulder “thin red line” of turn-based JRPGs. Its alternate take on the French Revolution provides a wonderful backdrop for some of the best strategic gameplay I’ve experienced since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
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Review: Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel (Nintendo Switch)

I suppose if you’re going to turn a medieval French castle into a hotel, you have to expect some supernatural shenanigans. You expect priceless necklaces to go missing. You expect guests to fall into comas. You expect ghosts to haunt the wine cellar. What you don’t expect is for all of this to be so…dull.
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch on October 30th
4 months ago

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch on October 30th

A Switch release of Pikmin 3 has been rumored for a couple of the months. Nintendo has now made it official, complete with a release date. Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch will be available physically and digitally on October 30, 2020. Looks like you’ll be collecting juice for trick-or-treat since going door-to-door for candy will obviously not be a good idea.
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Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions
4 months ago

Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions

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Cris Tales, from developer Dreams Uncorporated, was one of the more intriguing demos I received back at E3 2019. This is why I was so eager to finally try out the demo that’s now available from the Nintendo eShop. It’s pretty short, but it’s enough to indicate that Cris Tales could be special.
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Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
4 months ago

Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

In our review of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout last November, we gave the game an 8/10, saying it’s an enjoyable JRPG that will keep you busy for hours. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now on its way to the Nintendo Switch, and this time it’ll keep you busy with an underwater dungeon.
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Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)

Aircraft Evolution is about as arcadey as an arcade game can be. A modern cross between Defender and Time Pilot, the game puts you in the cockpits of continuously advancing planes and tasks you with making big damage on the ground below. It’s fun, but can the fun last?
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
4 months ago

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

For me, JRPGs are all about the adventures, the battle systems, and the melodrama. Everything else is decoration, and that decoration can interfere with the overall experience. That’s what happened to me throughout The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. If you enjoy the accessories, however, this game is absolutely for you.
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Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release
4 months ago

Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release

It’s been over a year since I demoed Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin at E3 2019, and I’m excited to see we finally have a Nintendo Switch release date. XSEED has announced that the action/simulation game from Edelweiss will be available November 10th in retail and digital editions.
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Become the King of Seas this fall
4 months ago

Become the King of Seas this fall

Developed by 3DClouds,¬†King of Seas for Nintendo Switch aims to immerse gamers in “… a time of pirates, ferocious sea battles, hidden treasure and lost islands, all set in a stunning procedurally generated game world.”
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Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
5 months ago

Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)

Nancy Reagan made it quite clear in my youth that I’m supposed to “Just say no.” I’m glad I succumbed to peer pressure, however, and gave Infini a try. This thematically bizarre and visually trippy game ended up winning me over as both a challenging puzzle platformer and as an inadvertent P.S.A. for my kids.
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Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)
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5 months ago

Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)

There was a time when I’d tell people half-jokingly that the best thing about having kids is the excuse they provided for watching SpongeBob SquarePants. I now realize this isn’t true; one doesn’t need an excuse to watch SpongeBob. One also doesn’t need an excuse to play SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
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The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores
5 months ago

The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores

If you prefer for your heroes to not be so…digital, you’ll be pleased to know PlatinumGames and Nighthawk Interactive have announced The Wonderful 101: Remastered is now available physically in North America, and will arrive in Europe on July 3rd.
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