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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: What the Dub?! (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
6 months ago

Review: What the Dub?! (Nintendo Switch)

In What the Dub?!, you’re given a quick scene from goofy, public domain programming with a line removed. It’s up to you and the other players to complete the dialogue. As such, it’s a game that relies almost entirely on the comedic capabilities of your friends.
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Review: Black Legend (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
6 months ago

Review: Black Legend (Nintendo Switch)

The medieval setting of Black Legend is not a happy place to be. Unlike most turn-based RGPs available for the Switch, there’s not a lot of color. There are no opulent outfits with which to play dress-up. There are no melodramatic teenagers. But is that a positive or a negative?
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Review: Bravely Default II (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
6 months ago

Review: Bravely Default II (Nintendo Switch)

Bravely Default II is a prime example of a development team at the top of its game. The map exploration and turn-based combat are as tight and fluid as any JRPG I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch, but a couple problems on the periphery prevent it from being as great as it could have been.
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Channel your inner Tom Servo with What the Dub?! this April
7 months ago

Channel your inner Tom Servo with What the Dub?! this April

Have you ever watched an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and gotten angry when the actors stepped on your lines? Well, you can now step into the spotlight with What The Dub?!, a multiplayer party game that tasks you with creating the wittiest dubs to cinema’s most cringeworthy moments.
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Review: Knight’s Retreat (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
7 months ago

Review: Knight’s Retreat (Nintendo Switch)

Knight’s Retreat takes the core moveset of chess and breaks them down to single-player puzzles. You’re a knight, and you’re retreating to your kingdom. The challenge comes from the very precise path you must take to get there.
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Review: EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds
8.5
7 months ago

Review: EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds

We can all stop waiting for the mythical Switch Pro to get wireless gaming audio. The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid earbuds offer aptX connectivity tailored specifically to the Nintendo Switch, with standard Bluetooth compatibility for your other systems and devices.
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Review: Castle Kong (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
7 months ago

Review: Castle Kong (Nintendo Switch)

I shouldn’t have to tell you from where Castle Kong draws its inspiration. It’s right there in the name. This game is such a faithful homage to Donkey Kong that you may be wondering whether there’s even a point. There is.
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Become a Star Wars Republic Commando in April
7 months ago

Become a Star Wars Republic Commando in April

Star Wars fans continue to have a strong and trusted ally in Aspyr. The publishing company recently brought Star Wars Episode 1 Racer and the Jedi Knight games to the Switch, and they’ve just announced that Star Wars Republic Commando will arrive on April 6th.
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Review: Undermine (Nintendo Switch)
8
7 months ago

Review: Undermine (Nintendo Switch)

In Undermine, you start as a miner sent underground to dig for gold and other resources, rescue some villagers, and figure out what’s causing all those tremors. So, you do that. And then you die. Enter the next miner. Same tasks. Same fate. Is this really a job worth accepting?
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King of Seas gets new publisher, release date
8 months ago

King of Seas gets new publisher, release date

If you’ve been waiting to become the King of Seas on Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to set sail in May of 2021. This is the target release date now that developer 3DClouds has teamed with Team17 to publish the action RPG for multiple platforms.
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Review: Tadpole Treble Encore (Nintendo Switch)
8
8 months ago

Review: Tadpole Treble Encore (Nintendo Switch)

Having completely missed the original game on the Wii U, I’ll admit to starting Tadpole Treble Encore with some trepidation. But this is a very good rhythm game that fans of the genre will certainly want to play on the Switch if they skipped the initial release.
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Review: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy (Nintendo Switch)
8
8 months ago

Review: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy (Nintendo Switch)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy may lack the melodrama and heroics of most JRPGs, but it still offers a lengthy campaign full of compelling combat, exploration, and crafting.
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Audio on the go with the GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds
8 months ago

Audio on the go with the GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds

One feature that’s sorely missing from the Nintendo Switch (and which will hopefully be addressed in the mythical Switch Pro) is wireless audio. Playing a portable system with wired headphones just seems so…DS, I guess. And it’s a problem EPOS is addressing now with their GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds.
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Contest: Win a physical copy of The Persistence for Nintendo Switch
8 months ago

Contest: Win a physical copy of The Persistence for Nintendo Switch

2021 has begun, and we can’t think of a better way to get up some momentum than with a game giveaway. Courtesy of Firesprite Games, Pure Nintendo is giving away three copies of the sci-fi survival horror game, The Persistence.
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Cris Tales Collector’s Edition available for pre-order
8 months ago

Cris Tales Collector’s Edition available for pre-order

We’ve been waiting for Cris Tales for quite some time. (I first learned about it in a demo at E3 2019, if that’s any indication). We’re getting pretty close to release now, and Modus Games has just announced a Cris Tales Collector’s Edition that will make waiting even harder.
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Review: Iris.Fall (Nintendo Switch)
7
8 months ago

Review: Iris.Fall (Nintendo Switch)

Iris.Fall is a short puzzle adventure. You can finish it in under five hours, and that’s just about right. Although the game is visually compelling throughout, the core gimmick wouldn’t be able to hold up much longer than that.
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Review: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
9 months ago

Review: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)

Well, if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more time playing retro RPGs, I’ve got good news. KEMCO has released Crystal Ortha for Nintendo Switch, and it’s one of the better games they sent our way in 2020.
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Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition
9 months ago

Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition

Pre-orders for the Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition opened yesterday, and include a chicken plushie and a music diorama, both of which are appropriately adorable. The latter is one of the more unique bonuses we’ve seen in a collector’s edition.
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