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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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Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions
8 months ago

Cris Tales demo: Bullet point impressions

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Cris Tales, from developer Dreams Uncorporated, was one of the more intriguing demos I received back at E3 2019. This is why I was so eager to finally try out the demo that’s now available from the Nintendo eShop. It’s pretty short, but it’s enough to indicate that Cris Tales could be special.
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Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
9 months ago

Take a swim with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

In our review of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout last November, we gave the game an 8/10, saying it’s an enjoyable JRPG that will keep you busy for hours. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now on its way to the Nintendo Switch, and this time it’ll keep you busy with an underwater dungeon.
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Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Aircraft Evolution (Nintendo Switch)

Aircraft Evolution is about as arcadey as an arcade game can be. A modern cross between Defender and Time Pilot, the game puts you in the cockpits of continuously advancing planes and tasks you with making big damage on the ground below. It’s fun, but can the fun last?
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
9 months ago

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch)

For me, JRPGs are all about the adventures, the battle systems, and the melodrama. Everything else is decoration, and that decoration can interfere with the overall experience. That’s what happened to me throughout The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. If you enjoy the accessories, however, this game is absolutely for you.
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Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release
9 months ago

Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin confirmed for November release

It’s been over a year since I demoed Sakura: Of Rice and Ruin at E3 2019, and I’m excited to see we finally have a Nintendo Switch release date. XSEED has announced that the action/simulation game from Edelweiss will be available November 10th in retail and digital editions.
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Become the King of Seas this fall
9 months ago

Become the King of Seas this fall

Developed by 3DClouds, King of Seas for Nintendo Switch aims to immerse gamers in “… a time of pirates, ferocious sea battles, hidden treasure and lost islands, all set in a stunning procedurally generated game world.”
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Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
9 months ago

Review: Infini (Nintendo Switch)

Nancy Reagan made it quite clear in my youth that I’m supposed to “Just say no.” I’m glad I succumbed to peer pressure, however, and gave Infini a try. This thematically bizarre and visually trippy game ended up winning me over as both a challenging puzzle platformer and as an inadvertent P.S.A. for my kids.
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Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (Nintendo Switch)

There was a time when I’d tell people half-jokingly that the best thing about having kids is the excuse they provided for watching SpongeBob SquarePants. I now realize this isn’t true; one doesn’t need an excuse to watch SpongeBob. One also doesn’t need an excuse to play SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
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The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores
10 months ago

The Wonderful 101: Remastered now available in stores

If you prefer for your heroes to not be so…digital, you’ll be pleased to know PlatinumGames and Nighthawk Interactive have announced The Wonderful 101: Remastered is now available physically in North America, and will arrive in Europe on July 3rd.
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Review: Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
10 months ago

Review: Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition has now been relaunched by a new publisher, packing puzzles from various Home Sheep Home incarnations with new multiplayer content. All this considered, Farmageddon Party Edition is as clever and charming as Shaun himself.
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Review: Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (Nintendo Switch)
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10 months ago

Review: Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (Nintendo Switch)

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia doesn’t bother you with gimmicks to cross genres. This tactical RPG doesn’t simplify itself to appeal to casual gamers. It’s made for people who enjoy a turn-based, strategic challenge, and then it challenges them.
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Bask in these free Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer updates
10 months ago

Bask in these free Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer updates

You knew when you bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons on release day that it would be keeping you busy for quite some time, and Nintendo is not about to give you the summer off. On the contrary, they’ve just announced a series of free updates
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Space Invaders Invincible Collection
10 months ago

Space Invaders Invincible Collection

It may not include a 7″ single for Uncle Vic’s Space Invaders, but TAITO and Strictly Limited Games’ Space Invaders Invincible Collection will be bringing just about everything else to the Nintendo Switch on Sunday, June 28th.
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Review: Railway Empire (Nintendo Switch)
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10 months ago

Review: Railway Empire (Nintendo Switch)

Railway Empire for Nintendo Switch has little interest in whether you want to play it. There’s a good sim/management game here, I just get the feeling it was developed by train aficionados who don’t want you in their club unless you’re perfectly in sync with their rules.
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Review: Arcade Archives: Sunset Riders (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
10 months ago

Review: Arcade Archives: Sunset Riders (Nintendo Switch)

Originally released in 1991, Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling action game that allows up to four players to ride, shoot, and booze their way across the wild west. And like many old westerns, it holds up very well.
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Review: Knight Squad (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
10 months ago

Review: Knight Squad (Nintendo Switch)

Honestly? I haven’t been happy with Super Mario Party for quite some time. This saddens me because I enjoy playing party games with my family. Can a third-party game such as Knight Squad fill that void?
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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer gets new release date
10 months ago

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer gets new release date

Fans who have been following the progress of Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on Nintendo Switch can officially restart the countdown. Aspyr has announced the new release date today via Twitter.
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Review: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
9.5
10 months ago

Review: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is just that. We all know how it took nearly two years and a massive fan campaign to get its initial U.S. release, and yet here we are—10 years later—looking at the third version of the game. Is it worth another quest across the Bionis on Nintendo Switch?
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