Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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Latest Articles

Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

Competitive Musical Chairs Brings Out the Beast in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players

All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey grabbed his elephant gun...

The Bravely Default 2 Demo Wants to Drink Your Blood and Eat Your Bones

Careless movements in Bravely Default's first proper sequel will earn you a swift death.

Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

Competitive Musical Chairs Brings Out the Beast in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players

All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey grabbed his elephant gun...

The Bravely Default 2 Demo Wants to Drink Your Blood and Eat Your Bones

Careless movements in Bravely Default's first proper sequel will earn you a swift death.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Arrives in May With New Story Content

The Monado's true power was in our hands the whole time.

A Monster's Expedition Through Human Exhibitions is a Gentle Tour of Humanity's Foibles Through a Monster's Eyes

Latching on to this lovely little open-world puzzle game is easier than falling off a log.

Nintendo Orders Fan-Made Mario Out of Dreams

That's "Dreams" the game. When night falls, you're allowed to dream about Mario all you want.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has an Island That Spawns Infinite Tarantulas Because God Is Dead

They told me they were taking me to Infinite Kitten Island!

You Can Now Use the NookLink App to Streamline Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Experience

Should you really let Tom Nook collect your data, though?

Octopath Traveler Celebrates Two Million Sales Mark With Bravely Default Crossover Art

Octopath Traveler is currently half price, too.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review: A Flawed Beauty

Ori's second adventure plays like poetry, but performance issues sometimes drag the experience down into the darkness.

Wooloo's Imitation of Charizard Gives Us Life

Our sheepy boy tries his very best in the latest episode of Pokemon: Twilight Wings.

This is How Persona 5 Royal Changes the Original's Infamous Gay Panic Scene

Whether or not the change is better is a matter of opinion.

There's Something Fishy About Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Sleazy Wall Market

Wall Market is holding on to all kinds of secrets, including a big one that wasn't in the original game.

Persona 5 Royal's Cries for Justice Resonate More Than Ever

Persona 5 Royal has stolen my heart all over again—even if not everything about it has aged wonderfully.

A Tribute to Chrono Trigger's Weird, Funny, and Depressing Endings on Its 25th Anniversary

Chrono Trigger's detailed endings are an example of how it does everything right.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Midgar is So Detailed Because Its Developers Want You To Feel Bad About Blowing It Up

Nice city you got there, Shinra. Sure would be a shame if someone... made a dent in it.

Square Enix Should Be Clearer About Final Fantasy 7 Remake Being a Multi-Parter

Square Enix's hesitation to label Final Fantasy 7 Remake as a multi-parter is understandable, but it's still not right.

There's Now Strong Evidence Suggesting Where Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 1 Will End

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

Ziggurat Interactive is a New Publisher That's Set on Preserving Classic Games

A millionaire game enthusiast is bankrolling this latest preservation effort.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Demo Has a Hidden Easter Egg That Links to Crisis Core

Apples are packed with fiber, vitamin C, and story lore.

Newly-Revealed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time VHS Beta Footage Shows Off Big Last-Minute Changes

A promotional video tape reveals an important bit of Ocarina of Time's history.

The Supple-Tongued Greninja is the Most Popular Pokemon in the World

Everyone's favorite blue frog bounds away with the big win.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's New Mythical Pokemon Will Eviscerate You...If a Caterpie Doesn't Kill It First

Your only defense against this mad monkey might be some ten-year-old's butterfly.

The Most Interesting Mega Man Character is a Reploid Who Fell in Love with a Human

There's a Mega Man Zero character who's a treasure trove of lore and timeline links. Stay a while and listen.

Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Review: A Big Legacy for Small Heroes

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection brings some love to heroes previously restricted to portable screens.

Pokemon Home Makes Good Bank in its First Week of Life

Pokemon Home is furnishing itself with some decent revenue.

Nintendo Direct Hype Has Gotten Out of Control—And I Love It

Directs aren't just fun; they also have an important history. They're worthy of a little craziness.

The New Pokemon: Twilight Wings Short Shows Us a Side of Pokemon We Don't Get to See Often

Pokemon are, and always shall be, your friends.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's File Size Seemingly Clocks in at a Cozy 100 Gigs

Cloud Strife is a big, big boy.

A Hacked Pokemon is Wreaking Havoc in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Which Means It's Technically a Digimon

Maybe don't use Surprise Trade for a while, all right?

New Screens of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Summons Emerge, And Oh God Carbuncle No

Chocobo Chick is adorable. Carbuncle is frightening. Cactaur is Cactaur.

Pokemon Home's Professor Grand Oak is a Chaotic Grandpa, and the Memes Are Writing Themselves

If Grand Oak gives you some chocolate and it tastes bitter, stop eating it immediately.

A Neopets Cartoon Is Coming, but Who the Heck Is It For?

Will it star a Kougra whose owner hasn't fed it in 18 years?

Tired: Speedrunning to Ganon in Breath of the Wild. Wired: Speed-Feeding All of Its Dogs

"Do you like apples, dog? Well, you do now. Eat it. EAT IT."

There's an ASMR Video Featuring the Pokemon Grimer, Because Arceus Is Dead

Sound is canceled forever. No more sound.

Vagrant Story Is Getting Bring Arts Figures for Its 20th Anniversary, but Will Ashley Riot Still Forego Pants?

Vagrant Story is a great game, but it shouldn't be excused from hard-hitting questions.

Falcom is Already Planning the Next Ys Game, Whatever It Might Be

Maybe tomorrow, Adol will want to settle down. Until tomorrow, he'll just keep moving on.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Basement Kids DLC Brings Back Some Classic Classes

The Dark Flier is like the Pegasus Knight, but, y'know, more goth.

We've Forgotten the Simple but Strong Lesson Mewtwo Tried to Teach Us 20 Years Ago

It's Mewtwo's birthday, and the least we can do is remember to be excellent to each other.

Animal Crossing's Characters Have Valentine's Day Hugs and Kisses For You

Even that gonif Tom Nook has something nice to say. (Kidding. Nook is all right.)

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Leaves Out One Potentially Wonderful Extra

Sadly, western audiences are denied the peaceful resolution X and Zero fought for.

With a Nintendo Direct Possibly Around the Corner, It's Time We Heard More About Bayonetta 3

We've seen neither hide nor (long, luxurious) hair of Bayonetta in over two years. She's overdue for an appearance.

This Massive Super Mario Art Archive is a Reminder 2D Mario Needs its Graphics Refreshed

Nintendo's hand-drawn Mario art is a real mood-booster, and someone just uploaded a ton of it.

Starting Screen | I Moderated a Gaming BBS in 1995, and It Was a Beautiful, Life-Changing Mess

When it comes to video game discourse, everything old is forever new.

You're Not a Real Final Fantasy 7 Fan Until You Spend $2500 on These Watches

Now you can count exactly how many seconds the Knights of the Round summon sucks away from your life.

Fire Emblem is Nintendo's Hero in the Mobile Market While Mario Scrabbles for Scraps

Given Mario's enormous star power, why isn't he more lucrative in the mobile space?

In the '80s, "Parental Controls" Were a Master Lock Chastity Belt on the NES

Totally unbreakable. Totally insurmountable. Totally Master Lock.

Sleep With Atari (In Its New Line of Hotels)

The fun is back, oh yes-sir-ee, it's a chain of hotels from A-tar-i!

How Cooly Skunk, a "Lost" Super Famicom Game, Was Rescued Against All Odds

There weren't any car chases, but it's still a harrowing tale.

New Super Nintendo World Details Show How It Will Fit in at Universal Orlando

Super Nintendo World is about to get Epic [Universe].

Over 10 Million Farmers Have Buried Their Hoes in Stardew Valley

Turns out there's massive appeal in petting cows without having to muck out stables.

Rowlett is the Best Pokemon Starter, as Decided by a Real Owl

Whooo's the best starter Pokemon ever?

Masahiro Sakurai Made Fools of Us All With One Subtle Gesture Before the Byleth Reveal

Sakurai has a twisted sense of humor, and he's not afraid to use it.

Official Charmander ASMR Video is Guaranteed to Get Your Scalp Tingling

I'm as happy as a Charmander snoozing by a campfire.

Long-Lost N64 Accessory Prototype Comes With Accusations of Theft by Sega

A resurfaced prototype for an N64 controller screen looks pretty familiar.

Dragon Quest: Your Story Is Coming to Netflix—Along With All Its Controversies

Dragon Quest fans are happy this movie's coming West, sort of.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Review: Put This Song on Repeat

An overlooked Wii U RPG gets deserved top billing on Switch.

Super Nintendo World Will Let You Treat the Theme Park Like a Real-Life Video Game

Just make sure any pipes you jump down don't lead to the park's septic tanks.

Starting Screen | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Nintendo's Old Kyoto HQ is Being Made into a Hotel, so Make Your Pilgrimage Now

See the Nintendo plaque, $5. Touch the Nintendo plaque, $10.

Tetris 99's Biggest Fan Is The Father of Tetris Himself, Alexey Pajitnov

Tetris' creator is excited to see his game flourish as a competitive experience.

Pokemon Friend or Phantom: What Horror is Galarian Slowking Hiding?

Why does Galarian Slowking hide its face? We might find the answer in literature, music, or both.

Pokemon Home is Coming in February to Help You Build Up Your Galarian PokeDex

Pokemon comes home later this winter.

Final Fantasy 15 Will Live on Through a New MMORPG

Noctis is dead. Noctis lives.

An Upcoming Sims 4 Update Lets You Build Tiny Houses For Your Sims to Snuggle In

Our tiny house in the middle of our tiny street.

A Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Open and Other Tournaments Brings Life to Nintendo Switch Online

Let some online competition vroom-vroom your winter blues away.

Pokemon XD's Overlooked Orre Region is Based on a Sun-Scorched Hellhole: Arizona

Orre should not exist. It is a monument to man's arrogance.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Encore Plays Like a Song, and I Can't Help but Sing Along

Tokyo Mirage Sessions' unique battle system is a real bop.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Scenario Writer is Sad on Twitter Over Recent Leaks

Kazushige Nojima isn't mad that you peeked, he's just disappointed.

Help, I'm Being Crushed To Death by 2020's Promising Slate of RPGs

2020 is loaded with RPGs, and it already hurts so good.

Nadia Oxford's Top 10 Games of 2019: Dragons, Dragons, Rock the Dragons

Whoops, I accidentally RPG again.

Final Fantasy 14 is Unapologetically Horny, and I Support It

"Ever hear the one about the Lalafell who had a 12-inch pianist?"

Male and Female Pokemon Used to Look Very Different Based on These Leaked Sprites

Gen 4's gender differences once went way beyond heart-shaped Pikachu tails.

Keiji Inafune's Latest Mobile Game Will Shut Down After Less than a Year of Life

The former Mega Man producer's latest game, Dragon & Colonies, is going to dragon heaven.

Dragon Quest's Creator Wishes He Could Tell His Past Self About Dragon Quest 11's Success

Dragon Quest 11's sales numbers aren't draggin'.

The Best Game Music of 2019

Game music had the nerve to be great this year. Let's listen.

Pokemon Go's Upcoming Buddy Adventure Feature Guarantees You'll Have Friends for the New Year

It's you and me. I know it's our destiny...to walk to the store.

Bravely Default 2's Composer, Revo, is Creating the Soundtrack Using "All His Courage"

We're all going to need "all our courage" if Airy shows her tiny, insufferable face again.

Axe of the Blood God Throws Down Over 2019's Best RPGs

Our list is the definitive list. Worship it. All attempts to deviate will be halted using fire.

Pokemon is Getting a New Series of Animated Shorts Set in the Galar Region

The hopes and dreams of Galar region's trainers are coming soon to a small screen near you.

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