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 Nintendo Power Cover Imagines a World Where Fire Emblem Came to the NES

But is it faithful to its respective time period? We ask the experts.

Immortals Fenyx Rising's Depiction of Greek Myth Shrivels in Hades' Shadow

Hades' writing has raised the bar up to Olympus and beyond.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Long Farewells Ne'er Were Necessary—But Here I Go Anyway

Thank you, USgamer, for giving my stupid words a home.

This Nintendo Power Cover Imagines a World Where Fire Emblem Came to the NES

But is it faithful to its respective time period? We ask the experts.

Immortals Fenyx Rising's Depiction of Greek Myth Shrivels in Hades' Shadow

Hades' writing has raised the bar up to Olympus and beyond.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Has a Quest That's Engineered to Destroy Dog Owners

How a big, winged good boy made me rethink humanity's love for dogs.

Mega Man X3's Instruction Booklet Is a Perfect '90s Snapshot of Web 1.0

Mega Man X3's odd booklet is a product that can only exist in 1995.

Squadala! The Awful Zelda CD-i Games Have Been Remastered

Nintendo may deny the CD-i Zelda games' existence, but fans never forget.

30 Years Ago, the Super NES, Final Fantasy 4, and a Broken Jaw Changed My Life

How the SNES kept me weird but happy during a rough spot in my life.

Controversial Metroidvania Game Shadow Complex Remastered Patched for PlayStation 5 Support

However you feel about it, you can now play Shadow Complex Remastered on the PlayStation 5.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Review: Good Times in the End Times

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity shows you a good time in Calamity Ganon's looming shadow.

The Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch is Packed With Adorable Easter Eggs

See Mario run. See Mario snooze.

Pokemon Artist Gives Kirby Legs and a Purpose, and Now He Cannot Be Stopped

Look out world, Kirby has some important poyo to take care of.

A New Trails Game is Part of Falcom's Busy 2021 Schedule

Rest assured, The Legend of Heroes will survive the 2020 apocalypse.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Has Played Elden Ring and You Haven't, Suckers

It's good to be the King of Xbox.

This Official Pokemon Sleeping Bag Lets You Crawl Into Metapod's Cold, Dusty Womb

Hide, child. Hide in the close, stony embrace of Metapod's exoskeleton.

Sega Entertainment Sells Most of Its Arcade Business, But the Infamous Sega Branding Will Survive

Turns out plagues are very bad for the fragile arcade business.

More SteamWorld Games Are Coming, and We'd Drink Motor Oil for SteamWorld Heist 2

What we need are some heroes. Now more than ever.

Jessie From Final Fantasy 7 Remake May Have Life in Her Yet

The AVALANCHE wildcat has vowed not to slip into the Lifestream until she's jumped Cloud's bones. Well, that's my headcanon.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Transfer your save when the full game comes out! You can't lose, hero.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 Is Out Today, But Don't Start Your Journey With It

The Trails of Cold Steel series is one huge saga, not necessarily four separate stories.

Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Is Teaching Me to Love Loser Pokemon

You're guaranteed to make new Poke-friends in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC. (Still, stay away from Stunfisk.)

Unlike Arby's, Minecraft's Steve No Longer Has the Meat

Inside: More jokes about Steve's reproductive organ in the context of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Getting the Hang of DLC Based on Early Crown Tundra Impressions

So long "complete" editions of Pokemon games, you will not be missed.

Luigi is Real in Super Mario Bros. 35

Play as Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 35. (Or wear his skin, whatever.)

We've Already Forgotten What Real Console Wars Looked Like

In the olden days, game companies would sooner shank each other than put exclusives on each other's consoles.

Voice Actor Logan Cunningham's Supergiant Reel Is Seriously Impressive

Supergiant Games' Logan Cunningham shows off his pipes.

Backward Compatibility Could Mean Good Things for Final Fantasy 14 on PS5

Just try and slow me down with your incessant ERP! I have the processing power of PS5 on my side!

Halo 3, BioShock, and Lost Odyssey: A Look Back at the Last Golden Age of Game Commercials

Return to a time when game commercials were produced like tiny movies.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Demo Drops Today With Bonuses for Eager Pluckers

Peter Piper plucked a peck of pickled Pikmin. Now you can too.

Super Mario Bros. 35 is Giving Me Flashbacks to Childhood Mario Rumors

Journey back to the Minus World with me.

Minecraft Is the Smartest Addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Ages

Young people need to get off my lawn, but they're still a vital market for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

I Had a Childhood Crush on Mega Man's Mysterious Robot Brother

When Mega Man 3 arrived 30 years ago, it introduced us to Protoman. Be still our beating clockwork hearts.

Galarian Slowking Is Pokemon Sword and Shield's Take On Half-Life's Headcrab Zombies

Oh sweet mother of Arceus, someone get a crowbar.

Chip's Challenge Is Free on Steam, and It's Ready to Whip Your Flabby Brain Into Shape

Help Chip be cool in one of the most addictive puzzle games ever made.

Suikoden 2's Side Story Turns 20 Today, And So Does One of the Best Game Intros Ever Made

Happy 20th birthday to Suikogaiden, the blessed source of one of gaming's last anime attract modes.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Lets You Raise a Rathalos Friend on the Switch

No sweetie, don't hurt the monster. Make nice with it. Niiiice monster.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review: Familiar Roads Still Lead to the Stars

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a good reminder how far and wide the 3D Mario games take us.

Super Mario Bros.'s Weird, Stark Instruction Booklet Is One of Gaming's Most Important Documents

The Super Mario Bros. instruction book was our key to the dark depths of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Samus Has a Bastard Space Son in a Weird Bit of Half-Canon Metroid Lore

Didn't like the story for Metroid: Other M? Here's something a little wilder.

Don't Retcon Link's Left-Handedness, Nintendo

Left is right for the Hero of Time.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered is Getting a Slew of Updates and Fixes

Square Enix aims to mend its cracked crystal.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Was Astoundingly Screwed Up Twice

"Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?"

The "Pokemon Master Sex" Hashtag Is Causing Twitter to Explode Like a Sexually Frustrated Electrode

If you forgot Pokemon Masters exists, you sure remember it now.

Starting Screen | Scarlet Nexus Is An Accidental Metaphor for the Struggle of COVID-19

There's something eerily (if unintentionally) relatable about Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising Might Be Gods & Monsters's Blazing New Name

I admit I'm going to automatically pronounce it as "Fen-ix," though.

The Story of Moon, the "Anti-RPG" That Inspired Undertale

You probably haven't played Moon, but it should feel familiar regardless.

Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend Brings Three Classic Game Boy JRPGs to Switch

Get ready, heroes, to bust an opium-smuggling ring. Er, I mean, bust a banana-smuggling ring.

Wonder Boy - Asha in Monster World is In Development With Series Veterans at the Head

Wonder Boy 4's heroine is getting more time in the spotlight.

Axe of the Blood God: Davionne Gooden of She Dreams Elsewhere on the World of Indie RPGs

This week, Nadia, Eric, and Davionne dream of electric sheep and indie RPGs.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is Getting a Retail Release Worldwide, Complete With Neat Stickers

Are you A Howling Moon, A Stereo Lover, or a Dancing Devil?

I'm Now Super Worried About the Mega Man Movie

Say, I know a gal who's available to help with the script. Her name rhymes with Nadia Ploxford.

Rogue Legacy 2 Lets Me Build Success on the Bones of My Many Failsons, and It Feels Good

Children exist to gather up money so you can build up your defenses. That's all they're really good for.

Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter Passes the 108 Character Threshold

Eiyuden Chronicle is continually shaping into the Suikoden successor we pine for.

Why Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Was Fated to Be Overlooked Despite Its Brilliance

Yoshi's Island is a top-tier Super Mario game, but bad timing and bad advertising caused a lot of people to miss out the first time around.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hits 5 Million Copies Sold

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was a Midgar-anteed money-maker for Square Enix.

More Nintendo Gigaleak Details Reveal Link's Awakening's Links to the Past

A newly-found map shows us how Link's Awakening links up to A Link to the Past in surprising ways.

Carrion's Nintendo Switch Icon Is, Sadly, Safe For Work Now

No more Lovecraftian private parts. Lovecraftian private parts are canceled.

Traces of Beta Yoshi's Genetic Material Can Still be Found in Super Mario World

The Nintendo Gigaleak reminds us immortality through our offspring is possible. (And potentially disturbing.)

Link's Crafting From Breath of the Wild Makes Conspicuous Appearance in Serious Historical Fiction

John Boyne's A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom just needs a couple of sequels: A Traveller at the Gates of Courage and A Traveller at the Gates of Power.

Suikoden Fans Have Good Reason to be Optimistic About Eiyuden Chronicle

This... this might be it, you guys.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Finds Cool, Creative Ways to Skin You Alive

This friendly-looking bandicoot bites, which is exactly what Crash fans want.

Remember When…The Virtual Boy Introduced Shin Megami Tensei to the West

In 1995, a select few welcomed Jack Frost into the domain of Western mortals.

Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels Is Delayed, but Will Launch With Full English Voice Cast

A small wait will come with a big payoff.

Panzer Paladin Review: A Lovable Retro Hero Rolls to the Rescue

Inside every great robot hero, there's a tiny robot woman with a big whip.

Cadence of Hyrule Is Getting Three DLC Packs, Including One Dark Journey For Skull Kid

Skull Kid's gearing up to sing the song that ends the world.

Remember When... Dragon Quest 9 Shocked the World?

Robust multiplayer options and a brief affair with action-based gameplay made Dragon Quest 9 the Shockmaster of the Dragon Quest series.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Is Already Being Played on PC Emulators

That's one way to royally cheese off Nintendo.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Review: Know When to Fold 'Em

Mario's latest action-adventure game won't give you paper cuts.

Final Fantasy 9 Artist Celebrates the Game's Most Under-Appreciated Song

"I listen to what I want! You have problem?"

Now You're Building With Power: Lego Teases a Big NES Set

Flush Lego Mario down your toilet to send him to the Minus World.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Is Out Now, And a Boss Rush Mode Is On the Way

Darkness falls across the land. Midnight hour is close at hand.

Tetris Primetime Turns Tetris Into a Game Show With Big Cash Prizes

Think you're a Tetris master? You'll soon have your chance to prove it to the world.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Isn't the Thousand Year Door, Nor Does It Want to Be

We share our initial thoughts on the review version of Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Turns Giant Bug Slaughter Into a Chunky Voxel Romp

Beware the very square mandibles of Earth's eternal foes.

Sega's New Arcade Micro-Console Already Has One Rare Game in Its Lineup

You can't keep a good Death Adder down.

Final Fantasy 9's Artist Explains Why He Wants the Series to Go Back to Its Unique Art Syle

The last minute changes to Garnet, its diverse development team, and other tidbits on Final Fantasy 9's 20th anniversary.

Ys Origin Brings the Series's Start to Switch Later This Year

Switch into some top-down dungeon crawling.

The Updated Fable Trademark Could be the Acorn That Becomes Fable 4

The Fable trademark is resurrected with an "intent to use."

New Jump Rope Challenge Costumes Include a Long Lost Nintendo Mascot

A free-to-play mascot for a free game? It's appropriate!

Paper Mario: The Origami King Will Let Players Explore "Huge Maps" For First Time in the Series

Mario's paper boots were made for walking. And jumping, of course.

One Collector's Quest to Find and Preserve the Rarest Retro Nintendo Artifacts

Nintendo Power mainly existed to sell games to kids, but to collector Stephan Reese, it represents something more.

Capcom Aims For New Generation With Kid-Friendly Monster Hunter Game

"Hey kids, wanna see a dead Rathalos?"

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

A Persona 4 Golden Modder Is Bringing Light to the World By Letting You Date Yosuke

Soon we'll be able to eat fsteak with Yosuke, but romantically.

Sea of Thieves is Getting Custom Servers to Let Pirates Frolic in Peace

Only a few select mateys will be invited to the alpha, however.

The Outer Worlds's Switch Port Is Getting a Tune-up Patch

More improvements are supposedly on the way.

The Adorable Pokemon Cafe Mix Fills in the Mobile Game Gap Nintendo Is Leaving Behind

Nintendo's mobile legacy is weak, but Pokemon has lots to offer.

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