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With 2014 wrapped up and in the books, popular Japanese gaming publication Famitsu magazine has gone back and tracked the sales of all the top games. Unsurprisingly (if you've been following the weekly Media Create Japanese sales charts), the data shows it was a great year for Nintendo. Nintendo was the top publisher, with over 8,000,000 units of software (not counting another 3,000,000 million Pokémon sales which are attributed to The Pokémon Company rather than Nintendo), and all of the top ten games of the year were Nintendo exclusives. Hit the jump to catch the list!

After GameXplain's recent hands-on experience with the upcoming Majora's Mask 3D, they've uploaded a new video showing off one of the more unexpected changes of the game: swimming has been slowed down drastically, a big contrast from the high velocity and recklessness of the controls from the original version.

Essentially, the normal swimming controls are at roughly half the speed of the original. The old velocity can still be reached, however, by using the shield attack with the R-button, at the cost of some magic power. 

Check out the full video of the controls in action after the jump!

New Nintendo 3DS comes with all kinds of advancements and new features, such as Amiibo support, and it's possible that another interesting feature could be on the way. According to some hackers that have been toying with the New Nintendo 3DS hardware, it has a video decoder that supports the H264 video format. 

This is currently used for viewing HTML5 on the handheld, but it's also used for streaming between the console and GamePad of the Wii U, which means it's hypothetically possible for New Nintendo 3DS to stream Wii U games if Nintendo allows for that in the future. If that happens, a New Nintendo 3DS could be used in place of the GamePad, or even alongside it. Would you like to see this feature added in?

It's just over two weeks now until Majora's Mask makes its return on Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo has updated the official Japanese website for the game with new information, game footage, and more. Included in the update is a beautiful map of Termina (click inside the article to view the full version) and over seventeen minutes of gameplay action. Click below to check it out!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be getting a string of free DLC items in the United States that were previously only available in Japan. The items will be distributed via Nintendo Zones throughout the country, so if you have been looking for something to do in New Leaf, now is a good chance to pick it up again. The DLC items will begin to be available on February 1st, with a new item every two weeks thereafter.

What sort of items are they? You'll probably just have to wait to find out for yourself. First one shows up in six days.

The announcement image is available in a larger size after the jump.

There has to be a reason for everything, right? Maybe an algorithm? A set pattern? Hey, who knows, maybe it's even left up to chance. However, Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, doesn't "leave luck to heaven," as Nintendo's name suggests. Even for the smaller, pettier details, he created some sort of guideline. Take the returning Smash stages, for example. Sakurai had a vision for those, too.

Read more after the jump!

As fans continue to data-mine Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, more and more interesting code comes to surface. The most recent discovery provides hints that at some point in development there were plans to include a character from the Rhythm Heaven series, as well as Dr. Mario and Swap Note stages, and a return of the Hanenbow stage from Brawl.

Get the full rundown after the jump.

One of my favorite video games of all time is EarthBound from the Mother series. This SNES cult classic combines standard RPG elements like turn-based battles and experience points, but takes place in a modern setting based on 1980's American culture. Given my love for the series, I was delighted to see Eden Industries take inspiration from it and create a goofy, nostalgia-fueled modern RPG in the same vein. That game is Citizens of Earth, and publisher Atlus supplied us with a Wii U copy for review. Does Citizens of Earth live up to the high standard set by its predecessor? Hit the jump to catch our review!

We've heard recently that upcoming turn-based strategy game Code Name S.T.E.A.M. will have a demonstration version which will be made available through a download code. The code is printed on special cards which are apparently being given out by GameStop stores, although they do not work currently. Each card also has a character from the game illustrated on it.

The title is being released on March 13th, 2015 in North America, 14th May, 2015 for Japan, and 15th May, 2015 for Europe.

A few days ago we reported on a GameFly listing for Terraria on Wii U and 3DS. We haven't yet received official confirmation of this port by Nintendo or publisher 505 Games, but it's beginning to look very likely as listings for Nintendo versions of the game have appeared on Amazon as well. Terraria is listed at $29.99 on both platforms.