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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: Treasure Temples (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
4 months ago

Review: Treasure Temples (Nintendo Switch)

I’ve never been much of a treasure hunter myself. I did once find a $20 bill on the floor at Record Town, but unlike with GAMEDIA’s Treasure Temples, I didn’t have to navigate crumbling ice blocks or fight off an octopus to retrieve it.
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Review: Rise of the Third Power (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
4 months ago

Review: Rise of the Third Power (Nintendo Switch)

Here I am, about to tout the virtues of another retro RPG. This one is called Rise of the Third Power, and it comes to us from Stegosoft. If you’ve enjoyed but are feeling somewhat burnt out on KEMCO’s library, you may want to turn Stegosoft’s way.
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Review: Monark (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
4 months ago

Review: Monark (Nintendo Switch)

Once you get past Monark’s visual presentation you’ll see quite a few cool elements hidden beneath the murk of this turn-based JRPG. And as you’d expect from a development team with Shin Megami Tensei and Persona backrounds, there’s plenty of style throughout.
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Triangle Strategy bullet point preview
5 months ago

Triangle Strategy bullet point preview

By  •  Previews

I’ve recently completed the second demo for Square Enix’s forthcoming TRPG Triangle Strategy, and I have thoughts—specifically, 11 of them in neatly organized bullet-point format. This is especially for those who, like me, weren’t impressed after trying the first demo.
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Dark Deity will arise on Nintendo Switch in March
5 months ago

Dark Deity will arise on Nintendo Switch in March

If, like me, you watched Nintendo’s unveiling of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and thought, “Yeah, no, that ain’t Fire Emblem,” I’ve got good news; developer Sword and Axe’s tactical RPG Dark Deity is being released for Nintendo Switch on March 17th.
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The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story will be told on Switch
5 months ago

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story will be told on Switch

The February 9th Nintendo Direct already had some excellent announcements from SQUARE ENIX, but they weren’t done. The company has also announced that the live-action mystery/adventure The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is heading west.
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Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden coming to Nintendo Switch
5 months ago

Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden coming to Nintendo Switch

Square Enix has announced that Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden will be available in the eShop on February 17th, 2022, along with a NieR:Automata-themed bundle option.
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Review: Heaven Dust 2 (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
6 months ago

Review: Heaven Dust 2 (Nintendo Switch)

Heaven Dust is a virus found in the blood of a primitive New Guinean tribe. Scientists believe it can unlock the secrets of immortality, and…well, that idea already went south by the time we pick up the story in Heaven Dust 2
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Action Arcade Wrestling makes in-ring debut this February
6 months ago

Action Arcade Wrestling makes in-ring debut this February

Turn off the camera, Landon, it’s time to start playing. VICO Game Studio and Reverb Triple XP (not H?) have just announced that Action Arcade Wrestling will launch for Nintendo Switch this February.
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Review: Ghost Sync (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 months ago

Review: Ghost Sync (Nintendo Switch)

One look at the screen captures will tell you what you’re in for with Ghost Sync: NES-style graphics, turn-based combat, character/party management, and plenty of adventure. It’s what KEMCO does, and they do it well.
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Review: Shin Megami Tensei V (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 months ago

Review: Shin Megami Tensei V (Nintendo Switch)

It’s been a long time since I’ve disliked the start of a game as much as Shin Megami Tensei V’s first 15 hours, but the demon fusing/fighting fun is bigger than ever for those willing to force their way through it.
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Review: EPOS H6Pro gaming headset
9
7 months ago

Review: EPOS H6Pro gaming headset

Available in open and closed acoustic models, the EPOS H6Pro gaming headset provides outstanding audio and physical quality with plug-and-play convenience. Because, yes, even Switch gamers want (and deserve) pro audio.
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Review: Beyond Blue (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
7 months ago

Review: Beyond Blue (Nintendo Switch)

E-Line Media’s adventure sim, Beyond Blue, boasts of being inspired by the Blue Planet II documentary. I’ve spent many a relaxing evening watching that series on BBC America, and its chill but cautionary vibe certainly does carry over.
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Taito Milestones preorder coming soon
7 months ago

Taito Milestones preorder coming soon

Taito Milestones sounds like my kind of arcade. This new collection from TAITO and ININ Games will come with 10 ’80s arcade games, each of which is meant to represent “…a breakthrough in development of gaming history.”
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Review: Blue Reflection: Second Light (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
8 months ago

Review: Blue Reflection: Second Light (Nintendo Switch)

Blue Reflection: Second Light isn’t your typical JRPG with mech or mystical militaries fighting against rogue gods. It’s the story of a group of young women learning about who they are and how they fit into a world they don’t understand. And I’m not ashamed to say I have more in common with that than the guys who fight the gods.
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Review: Panorama Cotton (Nintendo Switch)
5
8 months ago

Review: Panorama Cotton (Nintendo Switch)

Panorama Cotton—originally released in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive—changes up the series’ side-scrolling shmup gameplay by giving us a 3D view of the action, but it’s not necessarily a change for the best.
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Review: Astria Ascending (Nintendo Switch)
7
8 months ago

Review: Astria Ascending (Nintendo Switch)

It’s not often that video game failures get a new lease on life, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Astria Ascending. It checks off the proper JRPG boxes while adding enough unique twists to satisfy fans of the genre, but is it compelling enough to attract other gamers?
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Review: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
9
8 months ago

Review: Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a unique survival horror game that looks great and runs well on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re looking to dig into something creepy and unnerving, it’s definitely worth the price. However, it is haunted by a couple problems that could frighten off some players.
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