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

This Year's Scariest Halloween Costume? Movie Sonic

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

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.

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.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Has a Hidden Second Story in its Illustrations

Even in wartime, the Circle of Life churns ever on.

Fan Makes Morpeko Pokemon Plush That Turns from Sweet to Hangry with a Flip

Give it a hug, but don't let it get too close to your face.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Room Recipes - All Set Room Recipes

Here's our guide on all the Dragon Quest Builders 2 room recipes you can construct.

Five Nights at Freddy's Celebrates 5 Years of Kids Dying in an Off-Brand Chuck E. Cheese

Come for the bad pizza, stay for the...actually, maybe you should leave. Now.

Nintendo Switch's "Improved" Battery Life Subjected to Punishing Test

Does the revised Switch bend or break when it's put to the ultimate challenge?

In Memorium: Fire Emblem's Juicy, Chunky GBA Sprites

A little bit of sprite art could convey a lot of emotion on the GBA.

Starting Screen | The ESA Leak Puts the Future of E3 In Question

Things are about to get pretty rough for the industry's number-one trade show.

Here's How to Play Mario Tennis Aces for Free on Nintendo Switch

Enjoy the latest game in the franchise that birthed Waluigi.

Pokemon Go Catches One Billion Downloads

Three years since its debut, Pokemon Go endures like a Metapod that's used "Harden" 100 times.

Sega's Failed Attempts to Mock the Game Boy are Still Funny 30 Years Later

Oh, you like the Game Boy? You probably also like drinking out of the toilet. Enjoy your 12 IQ, dumbass.

Fans Are Vowing to Boycott Pokemon Sword and Shield, but Here's How That's Gone in the Past

People aren't shy about airing their opinions on games in development, but are developers listening?

The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Is Drifting Into a Class-Action Lawsuit

Trials and tribulations ahead for Nintendo.

Mega Man X is Back!...On Mobile

No, it's not Mega Man X9 (yet), but at least you get to play as Cinnamon.

Mario Rocks a Surprising Bald Look in an Ancient Donkey Kong Coloring Book

To be fair, losing your girlfriend to a giant ape will make you tear your hair out.

How One Modder Builds Handheld Custom Consoles Through the Magic of Community and Self-Teaching

For modder Chris Downing, making his own handheld consoles is even more fun than playing them.

Wargroove is Coming to the PlayStation 4 Very Soon

Get your Wargroove on next week, PlayStation 4 owners.

Pokemon Masters Has You Work With Friends To Dominate Poke-Hell Island

"Some of you will form alliances, though we don't recommend it."

New Switch Joy-Con Colors are Coming but Fans Wonder if Nintendo's Fixed the Notorious "Joy-Con Drift"

Joy-Cons are like cars in racing anime: They're snazzy and they're good at drifting.

Starting Screen | A Reminder for Fans Raging About Pokemon Sword and Shield: Every New Entry is Somebody's First

In this exciting issue: I recall dismissing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire as "lazy" back in 2002.

Fans "Will Be Pleased" With Sonic the Hedgehog's Movie Redesign, Paramount Says

Beware of making promises you cannot keep, movie peddlers.

PS4 Hidden Trophies Have Secretly Been Visible All Along

The real magic was inside you this whole time. And inside your PlayStation 4.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review

With these hands we will destroy, and with these hands we will rebuild.

SolSeraph Misses the Point of ActRaiser's Town-Building Simulation

Do not forget the ways of the old gods.

Fans Give Final Fantasy 9's Cutscenes a Sweet 4K Upgrade

Kuja never looked so fabulous.

Axe of the Blood God Talks About RPGs Born of Non-RPG Game Franchises

Mega Man X be like, "This 'RPG hero' thing can't be too hard, right? ...Oh no."

MAD Magazine Published the Ultimate Video Game Parody in its January 1990 Issue

For a gang of idiots, they were pretty smart.

Nintendo Repurposed its Very '90s Slogan for Seattle's Pride Parade

Fight earwax (and intolerance).

ActRaiser is Awesome Because it's About Bashing Monsters While Trying to Understand God's Love

There's a time to fight, a time to philosophize, and certainly a time to do both.

Beloved GBA Game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is Getting a Switch Remake

Get your butt back to the farm before Karen claws your eyes out.

Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer Stuffs a Baffled Danny DeVito into The Rock's Chiseled Body

DeVito couldn't be Pikachu, so he's The Rock instead.

Bloodstained for Switch Has Problems, but it's Not as Bad as You Might Think

It's not bruised and bloody. It's just a bit stained.

Super Mario Maker 2 Gets a Cool Recreation in LittleBigPlanet 3

It's Sony's planet, but Mario's just going to borrow it for a while.

Axe of the Blood God's Visit to Final Fantasy 7's Gold Saucer Ends in Blood and Tears

Only '90s kids remember mass shootings at an amusement park being used as a throwaway story device. Also: Chatter about Slay the Spire, Bloodstained, and a big apology for screwing up the TurboGrafx-16 Console Quest.

Key to Rumored Switch Pro and Lite Models May Be in New Tegra Chip

Tegra's new chip might help peel back the layers of mystery surrounding the supposed new Switch models.

Here's What Banjo and Kazooie Look Like in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Rare's iconic animal duo weren't originally native fauna on Outset Island, but a mod is changing that.

Pokemon Masters Brings 3-on-3 Trainer Battles to Mobile This Summer

You want to be the very best? Better get in line.

Rare's Logo is Based on a Roll of Golden Toilet Paper

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after playing a Rare game.

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