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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Where Nintendo Switch Online Has Gone Wrong

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

Do not forget the ways of the old gods.

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.

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.

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.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex Controversy Has a Name, and the Conversation Around It is Getting Worse

Pokemon fans are riled up about Pokemon Sword and Shield. Here's a breakdown of the reasons why.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer: All the Big Fan Theories That Have Already Emerged

It looks like Ganondorf is making his Breath of the Wild debut, and that can only spell trouble. We've analyzed the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer.

What's Your Favorite Anime Series?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | With Evangelion's resurrection comes anime discourse.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Reminds Me How Much I Missed Touring Castles from Hell

Sometimes you want to go where everybody eats your skin.

Breath of the Wild 2's "Rehydrated Ganondorf" Isn't Just Sexy - He's Sweet, Too

The latest art trend shows a fascinatingly softer side to the Gerudo king.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon's Customization Options Prove Representation Can Be Simple

Sometimes it just comes down to letting people play as themselves.

The Actual Winners and Losers of E3 2019

Tired: Ray-tracing, 8K graphics, and bombshell announcements. Wired: Pitbulls, pee scandals, and grannies who kill.

Best Retro Video Game Consoles 2019

From the NES Classic to the Sega Genesis Classic, we break down the best retro video game consoles you should buy—and which ones you should avoid.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 2019 Demo Breakdown: Sephiroth vs. Cloud, Shinra HQ Details, and Egg and Chips

Everything we notice in last night's big Final Fantasy 7 Remake reveal.

Princess Zelda Might be the Hero in the Dark Sequel Breath of the Wild 2

Is Zelda ready to take up Link's mantle as Hyrule's hero? The signs are there.

Halo Infinite Needs to Be Project Scarlett's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Switch proves systems don't sell on specs. They sell on games.

Did Today's Stream Sell You on Google Stadia?

COMMUNITY POLL | Are you excited for Stadia now that we know a bit more about the platform?

All the New Pokemon We Saw in Today's Pokemon Direct

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Galar region has all kinds of new friends who want to meet (and eat) you.

Outer Wilds Captures Everything That's Beautiful and Terrifying About Space Exploration

Outer Wilds' uniquely rustic means of space exploration is half-scientific, half-magical, and still capable of killing you cold.

Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland on Writing For Interactivity, Trover Saves the Universe, and His Love of Puppers

Justin Roiland talks to us about his process for Trover Saves the Universe, and blowing his voice out while playing Lemongrab on Adventure Time.

Mario Kart 8 is the Switch's Most Successful Game. So Why Isn't it Getting Updated With New DLC?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drives down a lonely road, and it makes no sense.

Thank You, Death Stranding, for Finally Doing Something Different With Zombies

The undead are so done as a plot device. But the undead plus magic backpack-babies? Now we're getting somewhere.

Super Mario Maker 2 Proves the Angry Sun Never Had Mercy, Compassion, or a Soul

The Angry Sun's relentless urge to burn has been replaced by a robotic drive to obliterate all living things.

Worried About the Switch's Slow Start to 2019? Play Your Backlog You Slacker

It's there. It's staring at you. Judging you.

"The Nightmare Is Far From Over:" How the Artist Behind Garfield Gameboy'd Dreamed up His Four-Color Horror Show

LumpyTouch's mock-playthrough of an unreleased Garfield horror game is a terrifying, pus-filled labor of love.

The Peculiar Controversies That Have Emerged Around Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Versions of Cloud, Aerith, and Barret

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake hasn't offered much in the way of gameplay or storytelling yet, but it's sure dished up some drama.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is Good, but Still Has a Couple of Chipped Fangs

We break down the positives and negatives of Konami's latest effort to cater to the vampire hunter dwelling within you.

5 Cool Retro Castlevania Facts You Didn't Know in Honor of Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Release

What NES sprites have to teach us about the darkness in men's hearts, and more philosophy delivered in 8-bits.

What Game Style Will Fill Super Mario Maker 2's Mysterious Blank Square? Here are Some Possibilities

Super Mario Bros. 2? Yoshi's Island? Hotel Mario (you know you want it, you monsters)?

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer Analysis: Cloud's New Look, Aeris' Stupid Flowers, and Other Observations

After a long hibernation, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake resurfaces with a wealth of new information.

A Metroid Cartoon Proposal Made Samus a Man, Embodying Everything That was Terrible About Video Game Cartoons in the '90s

Anyone who says licensed cartoons were better in the '90s has vapor for brains.

How The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Creative Director Kept His Vision Alive During Telltale's Demise

Kent Mudle talks about how he kept his word machine in working order for The Final Season while his world crumbled.

The Top 5 Animal Buddies in RPGs

Companions, friends, and killers: Your fuzzy RPG pals are whatever you need them to be.

Breaking Down the Subtle and Not So Subtle '90s References in the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer hints at a hedgehog of contrasts.

Please Stop Comparing Games to EarthBound

The desire to make "the next EarthBound" is understandable, but it's also misguided in some important ways.

What's the Most Painful Game Save You've Ever Lost? Players Share Their Stories

A cartridge's save battery is finite. Just like a parent's love.

The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

Some Final Fantasy games have remakes of their remakes. What's the definitive version of each single-player mainline installment? Let us help you.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #1: Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger's sublime soundtrack arguably tells its classic story more effectively than its character dialogue.

The Labo VR Experience: My Journey to Look Up a Cardboard Bird's Butt

Up, up, and away with Nintendo's attempt at virtual reality.

Final Fantasy 7 On the Switch is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | With Kat temporarily out of the picture, Anthony John Agnello and John Learned gab about A Link to the Past, Persona 5, Final Fantasy 7, and the joy (and agony) of reviewing RPGs.

Indivisible's Battle System is Rewarding, but Takes Some Getting Used To

Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.

Despite Issues on Switch, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Otherwise Runs Smooth on PC

The difference is like night and day. Sunlight and moonlight. Vampires and werewolves.

Final Fantasy 7 Switch's Music Bug Messes Up the Game's Epic Atmosphere

Let's hear the first ten seconds of that song again. And again.

Panzer Paladin Draws Inspiration From 8-Bit "Black Sheep" Like Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

Tribute Games reminds us there's a lot we can learn from weirdos.

The 10 Best Cosplays We Saw at PAX East 2019

Welcome to PAX East. Normal clothing is entirely optional.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Fixes My Biggest Problem With the First Game

It's easier to enjoy the fruits of your labors in the second Dragon Quest Builders.

There is a Big Problem With Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on the Nintendo Switch

Slowdown, input lag...what sorcery is this?

Not a Fatality: Mortal Kombat 11 Runs Shockingly Well on Switch

"GET OVER HERE... and look at this solid frame rate!"

I Played Five Nights at Freddy's VR and Now Never Want to Enter a Pizza Joint Again

"Who ordered the double pepperoni with a side of BWAAAARG?"

Starting Screen | What We Want From the New Nintendo Switch Models Rumored to Be Coming in 2019

New Switch SKUs are inevitable, but let's hope they learn from the past.

Google's Stadia is a Cool Idea...for the Year 2050

Google is waving to us from the future but most of us can only stand here like schmucks.

Yoshi's Crafted World Has the Cleverest Graphics I've Seen in a Game

Yoshi's Crafted World will show you 500 ways to use a single Popsicle stick.

News of Octopath Traveler Mobile Reminds Me Why I'll Never Get Used to Free-to-Play RPGs

Free-to-play mechanics mesh fine with some genres. RPGs aren't one of them.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #5: Suikoden 2

Whenever Suikoden 2's bad translation fails to relay its incredible story, its remarkable visuals are right there to pick up the slack.

Ape Out Is the Short, Comically Violent Game I Need in My Life Right Now

When life hands you lemons, throw back a gorilla.

Movie Sonic Falls Between "Creepy" and "Boring," Which Isn't a Great Place to Be

You should've gone Full Weird, Paramount. Should've gone Full Weird.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Initial Thoughts: Random Encounters Should Have Stayed Dead

"Game Freak used Max Revive on random encounters! It cheesed everyone off!"

EA Should Call Anthem's Premier Access Period What It Is: A Beta Test Gamers Pay For

A test flight nobody agreed to sign up for.

Destroying Video Games—Even the Bad Ones—Isn't Funny. Here's Why

The high-priced Super Mario Bros. auction offers a reminder to treat all video games with respect.

Why Didn't The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch Remake Follow in the Footsteps of A Link Between Worlds?

The Link's Awakening remake doesn't appear to be an overhaul like a Link Between Worlds, but does that matter?

Knock Knock it's Knuckles: How Sega Turned the World's Weirdest Mammal into Sonic's Coolest Friend

When Sonic the Hedgehog gained a rival, he also gained a little depth.

Etrian Odyssey Nexus Makes Me Concerned About What Comes Next for the Series

Etrian Odyssey Nexus is a sweet goodbye to the series' long reign on Nintendo 3DS, but what the heck happens now?

"Oh God, It Can Walk Now:" The Evolution of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Piranha Plant

Whatever it may offer you, don't hug the plant.

10 Virtual Console Games That Are Tragically Dust in the Wind After the Wii Shop Closure

"Memento Mori" applies to video games, too.

Transferring Pokemon From the GBA to the Modern Games is an Insane and Convoluted Ballet

Bringing Pokemon from Gen 3 to the new games is like delivering a breech Miltank calf: You gotta twist and pull a little.

What the Metroid Prime 4 Remake Says About the Now Popular "Logo Reveal"

Logo reveals are a risky gamble, but they've become necessary.

Nobody Likes Bowser Jr.

Mario + Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey knows Bowser's son is not loved, and its story uses that to its strength.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Lets You Experience True Bliss with the Aid of a Long, Prehensile Tongue

What I mean is playing as the Frog transformation is a lot of fun. What'd you think I meant?

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #8: Dragon Quest 5

An RPG about personal tragedy, growth, and infusing your limited vocabulary with tremendous weight.

How Red Dead Redemption 2 Successfully Uses an Antisemitic Trope to Deconstruct Arthur Morgan

Red Dead Redemption 2's Herr Strauss teaches Arthur a lot about himself without really trying.

A Fresh Look at New Super Mario Bros. U on Switch: Does it Measure Up to the Classics?

Where does New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rank alongside Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World?

What We Want From Nintendo in 2019

Nintendo already has a strong 2019 in the works, but that doesn't mean it can't take steps to make it even better.

Sorry Pokemon Fans, Your Gold-Plated Cards from Burger King Aren't Worth Squat

Burger King's Pokemon cards from 1999 look kind of nice and they're fun to remember, but they're barely worth the cost of a milkshake.

Nadia's Top 10 Games of 2018: Diablo Dungeons & Dragons

Let me show you my Pokeymans. And my Dragon Quests, my Octopaths, and my sushi rolls.

The Best Video Game Music of 2018

Put down whatever you're doing. It's time to celebrate game music.

5 Instances of Video Game Characters Crashing Nativity Scenes

"We three kings picked up this electric yellow rat on our way here. That cool?"

I Ditched the GameCube Controller for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and I Can't Go Back

Old habits die more easily than I thought.

Below Is Good, but It's Literally Way Too Dark

You won't get far if you play on the couch.

Nintendo Treats Its Third-Party Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Guests like Royalty, and It's Great

When you're invited to Smash, you can count on being treated right (until someone kicks your teeth in).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Loves Video Game Music Just as Much as We Do

A loving tribute to some of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's best tunes, and Smash music in general.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Has Some Truly Twisted References to Metal Gear Solid and Other Classic Games

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's sense of humor is darker than the space between stars.

Starting Screen | The Horrifying Live-Action Movie Sonic Should Have Taken a Few Lessons From Detective Pikachu

STARTING SCREEN | It doesn't take a detective to figure out why the Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster isn't a hit.

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