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Everyone who follows video games knows the story of Nintendo 3DS by now. The ambitious handheld sold great on day one with lots of people interested in checking out that fancy new stereoscopic 3D, but after the initial surge, sales were abysmal for months. In order to spark sales before the holidays, Nintendo slashed the price by $80. That, coupled with some hits games like Mario Kart 7, sparked a turnaround, and 3DS started selling like wildfire.

Unfortunately for Nintendo, sales have slowed again, and pretty dramatically. 3DS was expected to sell 18 million units win 2013, but only sold 12 million, and sales have declined further in 2014. As of the latest update, 3DS is now selling slower in the US than PSP, DS, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Color. Hit the jump for the breakdown. 

Satoru Okada has been a huge part of the Nintendo team for nearly 40 years, joining the company in 1975 and eventually working as an engineer at Nintendo Research and Development. Along with Gunpei Yokoi he helped create the original Game Boy and the Game & Watch lineup, as well as co-directing the original Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Super Mario Land. After that, Okada became the General Manager of Nintendo's Research & Engineering department where he was the chief designer of Game Boy Color, Advance, Advance SP and Nintendo DS. We thank Okada for a lifetime's worth of childhood memories and wish him well!

Although you may think of Nintendo as just a video game company, they've been around much longer than the rise of video games. Nintendo started as a trading card company, and over time evolved into other forms of entertainment, eventually focusing most of its resources on video games. Nintendo has a long history, and yesterday actually marked its 125th anniversary. In celebration, IGN has put together a video countdown of the top 125 best Nintendo games of all time. From classics like Donkey Kong to newer games like Super Mario 3D World, this countdown showcases many of the greatest titles in Nintendo's video game history. Hit the jump to watch the video and list some of your favorites in the comments!

We all remember the first time we heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon. The gaming phenomenon quickly gathered many fans, all attempting to steer one pixelated boy towards his goal (or off the nearest cliff). Now, nearly half a year later, the crowdsourced social experiment is still going strong, with viewer numbers having been higher than those recorded for the Stanley Cup finals.

More info after the jump!

Chrono Trigger is possibly my favorite RPG of all time, and one of my favorite games of any genre, and the people who worked on it felt the same. Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy and a designer on Chrono Trigger, revealed during a panel at PAX Prime that he and the rest of the Chrono Trigger team fought against Square's upper management, hoping to give the game a "proper sequel" (sorry, Chrono Cross) and continue it as a series like Final Fantasy, but they lost the battle. Oh, what could have been...

Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL during today's Nintendo 3DS Direct. Because this new model has a more powerful CPU capable of better graphics, it will have some exclusive games that won't play on a regular 3DS or 3DS XL including a handheld port of Xenoblade Chronicles. As such, many of our viewers have asked us about the reverse—will it play all 3DS and DS games? Nintendo has responded to this question in an FAQ, and although their wording is a little indirect, it appears the answer is yes. Click below to check it out!

Want something groovy in your Mario collection? Well here's something that you might like: a Super Mario Rustic Star made by TheRusticPixel on Etsy.

This rustic tin star is hand painted to look like a Starman straight out of Super Mario Bros. Each star is individually hand-painted and aged so that no two stars will look the same. The star is seven inches tall with a metal wire hanger attached, so you can hang it from your lamp, your ceiling, your Christmas tree, or anywhere else! Head inside to learn more.

One of Nintendo's biggest strengths is creating legacy software that keeps moving units years after release, rather than updating their games yearly to push sales. In case you'd forgotten whether or not this works, Siliconera has pointed out that Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, released four years ago, has sold 50,000 units in the last year—and that's in light of the fact that three new Pokémon games (or six, depending how you want to cut it) have been released since then.

Pokémon Black and White Versions have been selling even better. Head inside for more!

Yoshi, one of Nintendo’s most popular video game characters, usually helps Mario in saving Princess Peach and will go for the occasional kart racing tournament here and there, but he’s been hiding a secret all along. The character we all know and love isn’t exactly who we think he is… Mario’s friend, living vehicle, and racing buddy has been a victim of mistaken identity this whole time. The beloved and iconic Nintendo character, isn’t simply known as "Yoshi."

Blake Harris, author of Console Wars, has found an old Nintendo Character Guide that sheds some light on our favorite green dinosaur. Head inside to see what it is!

Today, The Pokémon Company announced the grand opening of their new Pokémon Center online store.

The store has a wide variety of products to choose from, including plushes, shirts, hats, stationary, and more! They also have Pokémon video games and TCG decks for sale; additionally, they are featuring their new Grand Opening Collection, which contains plenty of items themed around their special delivery Pikachu mascot.

Are you guys excited about the online Pokémon Center?