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The next evolution of the Super Mario Bros. series arrives now in the shape of Super Mario Maker. It’s a game that its Nintendo “lets the imagination of fans run wild by bringing their very own Super Mario levels to life”.

To date, the Super Mario series has sold more than 310 million copies globally, with Mario, one of the world’s most recognisable entertainment characters, at its centre. With the release of Super Mario Maker, friends – for the first time ever – can play through Super Mario levels they create for one another.

With the game containing a toolkit packed with iconic Mario enemies, items and areas at their disposal, fans can share their creations online, while checking out and rating an almost limitless supply of levels constructed by fellow players from across the globe.

Reviews have been pouring in for Super Mario Maker on the eve of its launch to fans across South Africa:

Aside from the game releasing at retail and on Nintendo eShop for Wii U as a standalone product, there are a range of other purchase options:

 

  • Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack: a black Wii U Premium console, a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection.
  • Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection.

The Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available on its own from 11th September, while the Modern Colours variant will go on sale from 23rd October.

Super Mario Maker releases in time for a special landmark on 13 September, when video game fans from all over the world will be toasting the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series. With three decades having passed since the Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985, and Mario having traversed hundreds of memorable levels and defeated the dastardly villain Bowser on countless occasions, some classic Mario moments can be viewed at the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary website.

 

Meanwhile, the creator of the Super Mario series himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, has been helping clear up some long-running fan debates in his own inimitable way in a “Mario Myths with Mr Miyamoto” video on Nintendo’s YouTube channels.

Whether it’s littering a level with multiple Bowsers, transforming Mario into other Nintendo characters such as Pikmin, Wii Fit Trainer or Link using an in-game Mystery Mushroom item, or creating custom sound effects to insert into a level, with Super Mario Maker it’s the first time in 30 years that fans get to write the rules. Anyone picking up a copy of the game at retail can also learn more about the boundless possibilities in the game by perusing a Hardcover Artbook coming with their copy of the game.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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