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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: Super Crazy Rhythm Castle (Nintendo Switch)
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8 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
8 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)
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8 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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Konami’s Christian Spears explains Super Crazy Rhythm Castle
8 months ago

Konami’s Christian Spears explains Super Crazy Rhythm Castle

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You may not know what to expect from this rhythm/puzzle/party/action game from Konami, and that’s totally understandable. Thankfully, I was able to sit with Konami brand manager, Christian Spears, and he was kind enough to answer some questions to help us sort it all out.
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Review: Easy Japanesey (Nintendo Switch)
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8 months ago

Review: Easy Japanesey (Nintendo Switch)

Easy Japanesy is a Japanese alphabet and vocabulary game from Thalamus Digital. It’s billed in the e-shop as a “fun and family-friendly educational word game,” but I would argue it’s actually none of those things.
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Review: Ebenezer and the Invisible World (Nintendo Switch)
5.5
9 months ago

Review: Ebenezer and the Invisible World (Nintendo Switch)

If you’ve played any Metroidvania before this, you know what to expect. That’s not to say Ebenezer and the Invisible World isn’t an entertaining game at parts, but the most unique thing about it is its premise and art direction.
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Review: Fate/Samurai Remnant (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Fate/Samurai Remnant (Nintendo Switch)

Fate/Samurai Remnant shares some of the same mechanics as Omega Force’s other Musou games, but it differs in ways that may make it an attractive option for those put off by the typical “1 against 1,000” gameplay.
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Review: Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade (Nintendo Switch)

Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade is an upbeat, breezy, and bouncy rhythm game that’s enjoyable enough to spend some time with. Provided you have nothing against Hello Kitty. Or parades. Or happiness.
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Review: World of Horror (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: World of Horror (Nintendo Switch)

I enjoy when video games don’t behave the way you expect. It doesn’t happen often in this algorithm-driven world of entertainment, and that’s why it’s refreshing to occasionally play a unique game like World of Horror.
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Review: Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
9 months ago

Review: Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless (Nintendo Switch)

Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless will overwhelm new players at the start. But once you get over the hump (perhaps with the help of an online guide), it’ll likely become one of the most unique and inviting SRPGs you’ve played in quite some time.
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Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade now on Switch
9 months ago

Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade now on Switch

Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade takes viewers on a rhythm-based adventure involving the titular Sanrio gal and 10 of her iconic buddies like Kerokerokeroppi, Badtz-Maru, and Pompompurin.
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Pure Nintendo’s favorite Nintendo Switch horror games of 2023
9 months ago

Pure Nintendo’s favorite Nintendo Switch horror games of 2023

Now that we’re into the spookiest time of the year, we thought we’d feed this fervor for fear with a roundup of the best horror games we’ve reviewed in 2023. Whether you prefer to be creeped out or completely terrified, there’s something for everyone.
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Review: Astrosmash (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Astrosmash (Nintendo Switch)

It’s become apparent that the Intellivision Amico will never see the light of day, but its remake of Astrosmash has; developer BBG Entertainment has released it for Nintendo Switch, and it’s solid…depending upon what you want from a retro fix.
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Review: Silent Hope (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Silent Hope (Nintendo Switch)

What do you want out of a dungeon-crawling RPG. Hundreds of spells? Stunning graphics? Multiplayer? Look elsewhere. Slick combat? Charming visuals? A rapid gameplay loop? Stick around.
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Little Goody Two Shoes brings fairytale horror to Switch
10 months ago

Little Goody Two Shoes brings fairytale horror to Switch

Square Enix Collective has announced that Little Goody Two Shoes will be released for Nintendo Switch on, appropriately enough, October 31st. The narrative-focused horror game is inspired by PS and PS2 RPGs and ’90s/’00s anime.
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Review: Dynablaster (Nintendo Switch)
5.5
10 months ago

Review: Dynablaster (Nintendo Switch)

If you haven’t figured it out from the screenshots, Dynablaster is basically a reskinning of the early Bomberman games, albeit with some modern features. Are these improvements enough to justify the asking price?
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Fate/Samurai Remnant now available for Nintendo Switch
10 months ago

Fate/Samurai Remnant now available for Nintendo Switch

The team of KOEI TECMO and Omega Force is a favorite of Switch gamers, having provided top-tier Musou action RPGs such as Samurai Warriors 5, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. We can now add Fate/Samurai Remnant to that list.
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Review: Shark! Shark! (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
10 months ago

Review: Shark! Shark! (Nintendo Switch)

The premise of Shark! Shark! is incredibly simple; you’re a small fish who has to grow by eating even smaller fish. The larger you grow, the larger the fish you can eat. But there’s a shark, and it seems to have interest in you alone all Jaws IV style.
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