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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: Loretta (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Loretta (Nintendo Switch)

Life hasn’t been kind to Loretta. Neither has her husband. Or her neighbors. But does all of that justify the numerous bad decisions she’s going to make in this game? Well, that’s the thing. For the most part, those decisions are up to the player.
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SaGa Emerald Beyond demo now on Switch
3 months ago

SaGa Emerald Beyond demo now on Switch

Ahead of the SaGa Emerald Beyond release later this month, SQUARE-ENIX has a released a demo that allows players to try out several hours of gameplay in one of three storylines, depending upon platform.
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Review: The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
3 months ago

Review: The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Nintendo Switch)

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is an adventure RPG that is fully blind accessible; its graphics are nothing more than floating points of light. The game relies on story and binaural audio effects to push gamers through. In this case, that’s enough.
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Review: Unicorn Overlord (Nintendo Switch)
9.5
3 months ago

Review: Unicorn Overlord (Nintendo Switch)

It’s probably too early to be declaring my 2024 game of the year; there’s plenty to look forward to. But having spent upwards of 100 hours on Unicorn Overlord, I’ll be very surprised if I have a better time throughout the rest of the Nintendo Switch’s twilight.
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Review: The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
3 months ago

Review: The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered (Nintendo Switch)

Do you sometimes go to a restaurant and think, “I really like this place; I should come here more often,” then forget about it for the next six months? That’s The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered. Let’s find out why that is.
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will arrive 7 days early
3 months ago

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will arrive 7 days early

If you’ve been looking forward to the release of Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance on June 21st, you’ll have to update your countdown clock. ATLUS has announced the updated and expanded RPG will now be released on June 14th.
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Lawn Mowing Simulator now available for Switch
3 months ago

Lawn Mowing Simulator now available for Switch

If you can’t wait another month to get started on the lawn, you don’t have to. Astragon Entertainment and Skyhook Games Studio have announced that Lawn Mowing Simulator is now available for Nintendo Switch.
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El Shaddai will bless the Switch April 28th
3 months ago

El Shaddai will bless the Switch April 28th

Originally released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, the remastered Switch version of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron will feature full HD support, improved framerates, faster loading speeds, and other general optimizations.
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Review: Grime Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
3 months ago

Review: Grime Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Grime Definitive Edition gives action-platformer fans a markedly different experience that’s bound to stick with them, but does the Switch port make it hard to stick with the game? If I’m asking, you know the answer’s not likely to be good.
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Review: Quadroids (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Quadroids (Nintendo Switch)

I’ve played through so many Lemmings-like games at this point that I can’t tell you if I’ve actually ever played Lemmings. I point that out only because this Lemmings-like game, Quadroids, is not one I’m going to forget any time soon.
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Trails Through Daybreak will dawn on July 5th
4 months ago

Trails Through Daybreak will dawn on July 5th

If Trails Through Daybreak is as big as the previous Legend of Heroes games, that should give you just enough to complete it before Nintendo’s next console is released.
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Review: AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons & Doomknights (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons & Doomknights (Nintendo Switch)

Fans of NES-era RPGs seem the likely target audience for AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons & Doomknights. But after playing through the game, I think it’s just more of an in-joke for AdventureQuest fans.
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Unicorn Overlord educates us with Josef’s Guide to Combat
4 months ago

Unicorn Overlord educates us with Josef’s Guide to Combat

We’re just over a week away from the release of Unicorn Overlord. Are you prepared for battle? If not, ATLUS and Vanillaware have released a new training video: Josef’s Guide to Combat.
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Review: Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Nintendo Switch)

Series fans already understand Shiren, so this review is for the rest of you. Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery of Serpentcoil Island is tremendous fun; you just need to give it multiple sessions to understand why.
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Unicorn Overlord demo: bullet point impressions
4 months ago

Unicorn Overlord demo: bullet point impressions

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A corrupt ruler to face, an army to build, a world to explore, a tense political climate to navigate…it sounds pretty Fire Emblemy, doesn’t it? Well, it is, but it’s so much more. Let’s take a look at what I’ve already learned from the Unicorn Overlord demo.
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Vengeance comes to Shin Megami Tensei V
4 months ago

Vengeance comes to Shin Megami Tensei V

Today’s Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase highlighted a wide variety of games coming to the Switch in the coming months. One of the more surprising of these (well, surprising if you haven’t been following social media) is Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance.
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Review: CLeM (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: CLeM (Nintendo Switch)

Point-and-click adventures have settled into the indie realm. They make sense there, as indie developers usually have more freedom to tell their stories. It’s that freedom that makes CLeM such a good game.
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Ys X: Nordics heads west this fall
4 months ago

Ys X: Nordics heads west this fall

NIS America has announced that Ys X: Nordics is coming to Nintendo Switch this fall. Originally released in Japan in September of 2023, it’ll be just about a year later before Adol Christin and his pirate companion, Karja Balta, will be sailing west.
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