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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: mClassic game console graphics processor
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10 months ago

Review: mClassic game console graphics processor

By  •  Reviews, Wii, Wii U

If you’re a Nintendo gamer of any duration, you’ve surely come to accept that we’ll always lag behind the other consoles graphically. And yet if there was a way to make the Nintendo graphics just a tick better, would you try it out? That’s what Marseille is hoping with their mClassic graphics processor.
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Banner of the Maid unfurled for Nintendo Switch
11 months ago

Banner of the Maid unfurled for Nintendo Switch

If, like me, you’ve ever watched Les Miserables and thought, “You know, this would be a lot better with fewer songs and more turn-based battles,” then you’ll be pleased to hear that CE-Asia and Azure Flame Studio are bringing Banner of the Maid to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
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Umihara Kawase Bazooka! is getting physical
11 months ago

Umihara Kawase Bazooka! is getting physical

Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! is a fast-paced action game featuring 22 iconic characters from Japanese cult games, and the Nintendo Switch is getting three “fast-paced physical editions” from ININ Games.
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Review: Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Nintendo Switch)
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11 months ago

Review: Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Nintendo Switch)

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky takes us back to WWI in which you either play alongside the Red Baron or as a guy looking to finally end his spree. Should you join up? That depends upon just how loyal you are to arcade aerial combat.
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Review: Pong Quest (Nintendo Switch)
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11 months ago

Review: Pong Quest (Nintendo Switch)

Pong Quest is a clever, valiant run at modernizing 1972’s Pong, aided by solid controls and some decent multiplayer life. But it’s still just Pong, and the game is at its best when they help you forget that.
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Red Wings: Aces of the Sky landing on Nintendo Switch in May
11 months ago

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky landing on Nintendo Switch in May

There’s just something about WWI-era aerial combat that makes for quality gaming. I loved it in the arcade in the ’80s, and I loved it on my Mac LC II in the ’90s. On May 21st, I’ll get to love it in the ’20s. That’s when publisher All in! Games will release Red Wings: Aces of the Sky for Nintendo Switch.
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Review: Spirit of the North (Nintendo Switch)
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11 months ago

Review: Spirit of the North (Nintendo Switch)

Spirit of the North is the type of adventure game in which you could get lost. In parts, that’s by design, but in other parts, it’s by accident. This creates a somewhat disjointed experience. But who knows? Maybe that’s just the way it is for a fox.
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Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia demo, preorders now available
12 months ago

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia demo, preorders now available

Happinet’s fantasy/strategy RPG Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia won’t arrive on Nintendo Switch until 25th, but the developers would like for you get a head-start on the game’s “…hundreds of hours of immersive gameplay…”
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SNK Gals’ Fighters ready to spar this weekend
12 months ago

SNK Gals’ Fighters ready to spar this weekend

Retro gamers (especially those of the NEOGEO variety) better prepare for a brawl; SNK GALS’ FIGHTERS—a 2D fighter from 2000—has been released for the Nintendo Switch. Can you obtain the K Talisman?
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Maid of Sker to scare Switch players in October
12 months ago

Maid of Sker to scare Switch players in October

I’ve been to Wales twice. It’s my second favorite place on Earth (behind only Cedar Point). But that’s maybe just because I didn’t have to stay at the Hotel Sker while I was visiting.
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Review: Miles & Kilo (Nintendo 3DS)
7.5
12 months ago

Review: Miles & Kilo (Nintendo 3DS)

By  •  Reviews, 3DS

Miles & Kilo was originally released for mobile devices in 2017. It hit the Switch in 2018, and now can be played in glorious 3D! And you know what? I’m fine with that. It helps that the 3D implementation adds to the game’s retro charm, and Miles & Kilo is all about the retro charm.
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Review: Dread Nautical (Nintendo Switch)
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12 months ago

Review: Dread Nautical (Nintendo Switch)

Dread Nautical is a turn-based horror game with rogue-like elements set aboard a cruise liner called the Hope. Originally released for Apple Arcade, Zen Studios has now added the Nintendo Switch to its ports of call. Should you book a cabin?
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Review: Can Androids Pray:Blue (Nintendo Switch)
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12 months ago

Review: Can Androids Pray:Blue (Nintendo Switch)

CAN ANDROIDS PRAY:BLUE isn’t a game, it’s a moment left behind by another game. It’s as if two NPC mechs that were incapacitated during one of your battles held a conversation after the game had moved on. Except these two pilots are going to die, and they’re fully aware of that.
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The Battle for Bikini Bottom will commence in June
12 months ago

The Battle for Bikini Bottom will commence in June

We knew the remake of SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom was coming to Nintendo Switch, and now we also know when. And how it will be packaged. Are you ready, kids?
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Review: Shinsekai Into the Depths (Nintendo Switch)
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12 months ago

Review: Shinsekai Into the Depths (Nintendo Switch)

I originally played Capcom’s Shinsekai Into the Depths on Apple TV. It’s easy to recommend it there as it’s one of the better games that come free with an Apple Arcade subscription. Can I recommend it as a $20 purchase on the Nintendo Switch? Let’s explore.
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Review: Baron: Fur is Gonna Fly (Nintendo Switch)
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1 year ago

Review: Baron: Fur is Gonna Fly (Nintendo Switch)

What a pleasant surprise is Baron: Fur is Gonna Fly. I expected this aerial combat party game to be little more than a temporary time killer. What I got instead is a game that’s so focused on fun and so dedicated to its theme that it just begs to be experienced with others…once we’re able to do so again, anyway.
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Pre-order the Mechstermination Force physical edition
1 year ago

Pre-order the Mechstermination Force physical edition

Super Rare Games has announced that the physical copy of Hörberg Productions’ Mechstermination Force is now available for pre-order. Only 4,000 copies are available, however, so you’ll want to move quickly.
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Review: Warriors Orochi IV Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
1 year ago

Review: Warriors Orochi IV Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)

Warriors Orochi IV Ultimate was released a mere 16 months after the original, and for the exact same systems. Is it worth a fresh look? It depends upon how close you were to picking it up the first time around.
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