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

Pokemon Sword and Shield Review: The Promising Dawn of a New Generation

After all the controversy, it turns out that Pokemon Sword and Shield is actually pretty darn good.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Endgame Has a Heartfelt Sidestory

Catchin' the love alongside the Legendaries.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Has Proof Pokemon Are Our Friends, Not Just Servants

Are you worthy of being a Pokemon's friend? Probably not, but at least Sword and Shield lets you try.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Review: The Promising Dawn of a New Generation

After all the controversy, it turns out that Pokemon Sword and Shield is actually pretty darn good.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Endgame Has a Heartfelt Sidestory

Catchin' the love alongside the Legendaries.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Has Proof Pokemon Are Our Friends, Not Just Servants

Are you worthy of being a Pokemon's friend? Probably not, but at least Sword and Shield lets you try.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Online Deep Dive: What it's Like to Battle, Trade, and Explore the Vibrant Wild Area

The servers are on, and the players are trickling in. Here's what it's like to interact with them.

You Should Look Closely at the Switch in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s First Room

Game Freak gives the Switch a unique salute in Sword and Shield.

Pokemon's Level Limits Won't Stop You From Collecting Shiny Pokemon

You'll encounter Pokemon you can't catch in the Wild Area, but don't fret about missing out on a shiny.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Axes the Global Trade System, but Fear Not, There's a Replacement

GTS is gone, but vendor trash Pokemon will still clog the digital realm.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Lovely and Warm, but Not a Next-Gen Pokemon Game

Game Freak prefers to make us cozy on the Switch instead of breaking barriers.

Make a Statement At Your Next LAN with This NES-Inspired Mouse

You'll probably come in last at whichever game you're playing, but you'll look good while losing.

Monster Energy's Stock Prices Jumped the Day Death Stranding Came Out

Psychological suggestion is a Monster of a motivator.

Pokemon Masters Roadmap Aims to Make the Game Actually Fun to Play

Pokemon Masters is about to use a Hyper Potion on its problems.

Mega Man 11 is One of the Most Successful Games in Series History

The Blue Bomber did quite well in his latest fight for everlasting peace.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Makes Big Changes to Summoning

Not just anyone can beckon the Knights of the Round.

Team Rocket's Leaders Have Arrived in Pokemon Go, And It's Gonna Get Messy

I would walk 500 miles to witness a Pokemon soap opera.

The Unique Trauma I Shared With Red Dead Redemption 2

Sometimes life doesn't have a plan, Arthur. Sometimes things are just nutty.

Concept Art for the Final Fantasy 14 Team's Next-Gen Game Emerges

We've got castles, we've got dragons.

Digital Eclipse Has Made It Much Easier to Hate-Love the 16-bit Aladdin and Lion King Games

"I can show you the world with some help from rewind."

This 7-Minute Final Fantasy 7 Remake Commercial Will Warm Your Cynical Heart

Who needs new gameplay footage when you have drama?

The Only Pokemon Halloween Costume that Matters is This Chonky Cat as Meowth

In honor of Halloween, a cat's dignity has been set aflame.

Simple Sprites, Potent Frights: How Sprite-based Horror Games Can Produce Genuinely Big Scares

Airdorf's Faith series demonstrates how simple sprites can magnify a horror game's creepy atmosphere rather than detract from it.

Scalpers are Charging Over $250 USD for a Hoodie from the London Pokemon Center

Panic! At the London Pokemon Center.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Producer Explains Why Squats Are Not Going Away

The end of the world is no excuse for skipping leg day, bro.

Polterkitty From Luigi's Mansion 3 Wants to Claw My Face off and I Love Her

There's no such thing as a bad cat, even if that cat comes directly from hell.

Starting Screen | Three Classic Letters That Show How Much Easier It Is to Be a Video Game Fan in 2019

The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Review: Only the Poltergust Sucks

Luigi cleans house in his third ghost-busting adventure.

Meet the Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Writer Who Helped Write Indivisible

We talk to veteran comic writer Ian Flynn about his role in bringing Indivisible's characters to life.

Sirfetch'd Loves Britain's Big Leeks: 7 Cool Facts We Learned From Today's Pokemon Sword and Shield Interviews

You'd be surprised what a Pokemon game can teach you about vegetables.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Creators on National Dex Backlash: "You Have to Take Criticism"

The National Dex criticism wasn't easy for Game Freak to take, but the team still listened.

Noctis Reminds Us That Final Fantasy Versus 13 Was a Thing With New Dissidia Costume

Just one question, Noct: What are thooooooose?

Ring Fit Adventure's Successful Debut Shows Everybody Likes Fitness Games and Hot Dragons

Why have one or the other when you can have both?

This Ghastly Gastly is Already 2019's Pokemon Pumpkin of the Year

We get it, Gastly. You vape.

No, Frog from Chrono Trigger Did Not Steal Earthworm Jim's Arm

Arm yourself with the facts!

Yes, Tokyo Mirage Sessions Still Uses the Western Localization, and You Can Get a Refund if You're Feeling Aggrieved

Personally I just want to launch a Pegasus off Shibuya's 109 building.

Luigi's Mansion 3 References One of the Best Horror Films of All Time

Crazy things can happen when your back is turned.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Ditches the Trainer School, Much to Everyone's Relief

I learned how to catch Pokemon from a drunk old man, and that's good enough for me.

I Love to Hate Luigi Mansion 3's Toilet Rats

When Luigi's Mansion 3 invites you to sit down, you might want to refuse.

Trails of Cold Steel 3 Review: Christ, Who's Gonna Die First?

The Trails saga still shines like polished steel.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's File Size is Pleasantly Rotund, Like a Wooloo

You cannot nap on the belly of Sword and Shield's game cartridge, however.

This Year's Scariest Halloween Costume? Movie Sonic

Ruin Trick-or-Treating for everyone with one easy purchase!

Professor E. Gadd from Luigi's Mansion is Nintendo's Most Dangerous Character

Stop this man before he kills again.

Sobble's Popularity Surprised Game Freak, Plus More Interesting Facts About Pokemon Sword and Shield's Starters

Pokemon Sword and Shield's starters can't wait to meet you. Except Sobble. It's shy.

You Can Catch Fish With the Game Boy's Weirdest Accessory

You can lie about "the one that got away," but your Game Boy knows the truth.

Here's Every Pokemon Sighting From Friday's 24 Hour Livestream

Let Galarian Ponyta make all your Lisa Frank dreams come true.

Indivisible Review: A Journey Worthy of Your Undivided Attention

Indivisible's personable cast and engaging battle system carry the experience across its rough patches.

Shenmue 3 Looks Modern, but its Dialogue is Vintage Dreamcast

Don't forget to buy tokens if you wanna play.

John Kirby, the Lawyer that Saved Nintendo, Dies at 79

In 1982, Kirby assisted with legal gorilla warfare.

New Team Rocket Admins are Preparing to Make Trouble in Pokemon Go

Cliff is evil, but his goatee game is on point.

Pokemon Masters Uses Struggle. It's Not Very Effective

The latest Pokemon mobile game is falling fast after a strong debut.

Reaction: Pokemon Sword and Shield's 18 Gyms is a Good Start, But It Needs More

Pokemon's got a lot of work ahead before it proves itself on consoles.

Why Are Portable Systems and RPGs Perfect Lovers? Axe of the Blood God Talks it Over

Nadia and Eric go over the reasons why handhelds are perfect for RPGs and name some of their favorites.

The Blood God Recommends: Dragon Quest 3 for the Switch

A 30-year-old RPG that's aged to near-perfection.

If You Waited on Dragon Quest XI S for the Switch, Congrats, You Made the Right Decision

They managed to make it even better. Sorcery!

Finding Time for Games and "Sweet Revenge:" An Interview with Double Fine's Tim Schafer

We talk to industry veteran Tim Schafer about developing games with Microsoft, his favorite games, and the inspirational powers behind cult RPG Skies of Arcadia.

Mad Technology Wizard Makes Switch Lite Playable on TV...With a Catch

Some people thrive on technicalities the way the rest of us thrive on food.

Grandia HD Collection is Getting a Patch in Response to Fan Criticisms

Grandia is on track to become a little bit grander.

Starting Screen | Sayonara Wild Hearts is a Bright, Loud Game That Tells a Sweet, Subtle Story

Video games are still learning the art of subtle storytelling, but a game about neon biker gals at war somehow nails it.

Sonic the Hedgehog Monopoly Livens Up a Boring Game With High-Stakes Boss Fights

Just behave yourself, because this brave new society won't hesitate to jail a hedgehog.

Shenmue 3 Was a Much Simpler Game Before Deep Silver Agreed to Publish It

In the Beginning, there was only story and quick time events.

We Dare You to Eat This Pile of Ancient Pokemon Food

Expiration dates are just suggestions.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Review

Come sail away with Link. Again.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Most Famous Song Now Has Soul-Shredding Lyrics

Let's be honest, you knew it wasn't going to be an uplifting ditty.

Sayonara Wild Hearts Review

Wild hearts can't be broken.

The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

Erdrick's violent kids are about to run rampant on your Switch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Never Getting Goku, Stop Asking Before Sakurai Snaps

Kamehamehey this isn't going to happen.

Watch This New Mobile Castlevania TGS 2019 Trailer, Featuring Classic Castlevania Bosses

Looking good Wyvern, you purple weirdo.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Drops Frames Like Marin Drops Beats, But it's Not Too Bad

The small hitches in Link's Awakening don't spoil an otherwise wonderful Zelda adventure.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake TGS Trailer Breakdown: Clues About Wutai, a Brand New Character, and More

Frog Cloud has a tiny sword, and it will be the end of me.

Breath of the Wild 2 Hiring for "New Experiences" Raises Exciting Possibilities

Something is stirring in Hyrule.

Major Fire Emblem: Three Houses Bug Gets Patched With Switch Firmware 9.0.0

The expansion pass broke the game, but let's blame Ignatz and watch him sweat.

Starting Screen | Why I Ignored the Dreamcast 20 Years Ago

I was a teenage Debby Dreamcast Downer.

These Rare Games Make SNES on Nintendo Switch Online Worth Paying Attention To

Race 'em, fly 'em, stack 'em: Nintendo Switch Online's SNES library is off to a good start.

Terrified People Want to Know What's in Pokemon's Sausages

If you think too deeply about the curry you make in Sword and Shield, questions bubble to the surface of your mind.

How Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Battle Music Goes in Unexpected Directions

So long repetitive battle themes, I'll see you in therapy.

Sayonara Wild Hearts Scratches My Ever-Present Rhythm Heaven Itch

At PAX West 2019, we played Simogo's latest colorful adventure.

"We're Going to Make Shovel Knight Downwell:" Shovel Knight Dig Devs on Its Literal New Direction

Shovel Knight goes rogue(like) in his latest adventure.

Why Dragon Quest Failed to Make it In America 30 Years Ago

Nintendo tried its best to make the West love RPGs, but culture—and more importantly, timing—was against the attempt.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is Coming in January

All that repressed Mega Man Zero agony just came bubbling to the surface, didn't it?

Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

Oninaki Review

Oh now feel it, comin' back again.

Where Nintendo Switch Online Has Gone Wrong

The reasons Nintendo's online service is flaccid, and what it can do to pump things up.

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses Student Ranking Thunderdome: 34 Students Enter, Only Shamir Leaves

We have no favorites among Three Houses' characters, except for the ones that are our favorites.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Has a Nostalgic Throwback Mode

Watch Dr. Robotnik scamper like in the good ol' days!

You Can Park Your Ass On a Bench Again In Pokemon Sword and Shield

Shut up, sit down, and drink your Arceus-damned tea.

Every Game and Trailer Shown off During the August Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Did you miss this morning's Indie World showcase? Let us help you.

The Beauty of Chrono Cross in HD Reminds Us We're Overdue for a Remaster

A remaster needs to give us the option to drop-kick Poshul into the sea, though.

The Link's Awakening Remake for Switch Was Teased Three Years Ago and No One Noticed

Eiji Aonuma is slick, like a thief in the night.

Pokemon Masters Already Has 5 Million Pre-Registrations

You get to be a Pokemon Master! And you get to be a Pokemon Master!

Metal Wolf Chaos XD's Exaggerated Japanese Take On American Patriotism, as Observed by a Canadian

I may only watch and observe this strange planet. I mayn't interfere with its workings.

Recovered Super Mario Bros. Super Show Animation Cels Bring Us Back to the Franchise's Weirdest, Most Aimless Days

If you can't mix Super Mario Bros. with Billy Idol, then what's the point of life?

Man Threatens Square Enix With a "Repeat of Kyoto Animation," Promptly Gets Arrested

Make stupid threats, reap appropriate consequences.

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