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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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Building up armies in Unicorn Overlord
4 months ago

Building up armies in Unicorn Overlord

While many Nintendo gamers are focused on rumors and speculation right now, I’d rather focus on what’s real. You know, like unicorns. Or Unicorn Overlord, at least.
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Review: Tomb Raider I-III Remastered (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
4 months ago

Review: Tomb Raider I-III Remastered (Nintendo Switch)

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft gives you the first three Tomb Raider games, originally released between 1996 and 1998. These are arguably the best games in the franchise’s history, and they’re a solid fit for the Nintendo Switch.
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Shiren the Wanderer enjoys peach buns
4 months ago

Shiren the Wanderer enjoys peach buns

Shiren the Wander: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island will be available for Switch in physical and digital versions this month, and this latest iteration of the roguelike RPG will introduce series fans to…the peach bun?
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Being social with Unicorn Overlord
4 months ago

Being social with Unicorn Overlord

To help us get a grasp on the Unicorn Overlord’s scope and mechanics, publisher Atlus is releasing a series of “Josef’s Guide to…” videos. The latest was published this week, in which the former Holy Knight explains Unicorn Overlord’s social interaction system.
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Lawn Mowing Simulator opening for business March 14th
5 months ago

Lawn Mowing Simulator opening for business March 14th

When an announcement sticks in my head this long, I feel it’s one we have to share. astragon Entertainment and Skyhook Games Studio will be bringing Lawn Mowing Simulator to Nintendo Switch on March 14, 2024.
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Review: Hitman: Blood Money – Reprisal (Nintendo Switch)
8
5 months ago

Review: Hitman: Blood Money – Reprisal (Nintendo Switch)

British publisher Feral Interactive has not brought many games to the Switch, but the ones they have given us have all been solid. That record of success continues with Hitman: Blood Money – Reprisal.
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Review: The Legend of Steel Empire (Nintendo Switch)
8
5 months ago

Review: The Legend of Steel Empire (Nintendo Switch)

It’s Silverhead vs. Motorhead in this shoot-’em-up war set in a steampunk-ish 19th century. Who will come out on top? Lemmy tell you about The Legend of Steel Empire.
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Review: Growth (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
5 months ago

Review: Growth (Nintendo Switch)

Growth is generally viewed as a good thing, and that’s certainly the case with this puzzle game from Assemble Entertainment. The goal is to expand life across an uncharted world, and it’s surprisingly difficult to do.
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Review: Arcadian Atlas (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
5 months ago

Review: Arcadian Atlas (Nintendo Switch)

The Nintendo Switch has no shortage of tactical RPGs. So, how does an indie developer help their entry stand out in the genre? In the case of Arcadian Atlas, it’s the soundtrack of all things.
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Review: Astlibra Revision (Nintendo Switch)
8
6 months ago

Review: Astlibra Revision (Nintendo Switch)

Astlibra Revision is not just another Metroidvania or side-scrolling hack-and-slash, it’s a surprisingly deep action game that will challenge even veteran players from the onset…depending upon your choice of difficulty, anyway.
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Review: 9 Years of Shadows (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
6 months ago

Review: 9 Years of Shadows (Nintendo Switch)

Living in a world that’s cursed to be colorless, our heroine ventures into the Castlevania-like depths of Talos to root out the source of its corruption. But she’s not alone; she has a surprisingly handy magical teddy bear.
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Hammerwatch II physical and digital editions now available
6 months ago

Hammerwatch II physical and digital editions now available

Modus Games and Crackshell announced yesterday that the co-op RPG Hammerwatch II is now available for Nintendo Switch. The game is on sale digitally for $21.24 through December 19th, and is also available physically for $39.99.
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Review: Grace of Letoile (Nintendo Switch)
7
7 months ago

Review: Grace of Letoile (Nintendo Switch)

You know the look, and you’ll recognize the various story tropes, but the combat mechanic in Grace of Letoile does enough to push the game toward the top of KEMCO’s catalog…provided you’re fine with random encounters.
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Review: Howl (Nintendo Switch)
7
7 months ago

Review: Howl (Nintendo Switch)

I’m a sucker for turn-based gameplay and folklore storytelling…especially if the story is a bit dark. On those fronts, Howl did not disappoint. But one peculiar gameplay choice prevented it from becoming as engaging as I’d hoped.
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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration to get 12 new games
7 months ago

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration to get 12 new games

Just over a year after the release of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, Atari has announced an update that will bring 12 new games to the collection, with more to come. The first wave of free DLC will arrive December 5th.
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Review: Super Crazy Rhythm Castle (Nintendo Switch)
7
7 months ago

Review: Super Crazy Rhythm Castle (Nintendo Switch)

As far as rhythm games go, Super Crazy Rhythm Castle is, indeed, one of the craziest. But is it super? That depends upon how you’re playing it.
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Review: Terra Alia: The Language Discovery RPG (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
7 months ago

Review: Terra Alia: The Language Discovery RPG (Nintendo Switch)

You’re used to this, right? Something’s amiss in Terra Alia. A mischievous force is at work. Your mentor is missing (or dead). Nothing that can’t be solved by turn-based battles and…an improved foreign language vocabulary? Permettez-moi de vous expliquer.
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Review: Long Gone Days (Nintendo Switch)
8
7 months ago

Review: Long Gone Days (Nintendo Switch)

In Long Gone Days, we’re presented with a soldier who realizes that maybe he’s not on the side of the “good guys.” That maybe he shouldn’t blindly accept orders from his superiors. What an optimistic take on war. Let me explain.
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