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Nintendo has annoyed that the new 3DS and 3DS LX gaming consoles will be available in South Africa on 13 February.

The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, the latest additions to Nintendo’s handheld console offering, are due in South Africa on 13 February. Offering improved controls, enhanced processing power, more comfortable 3D viewing, amiibo support as well as being compatible with all existing Nintendo 3DS software, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL are set to offer an entirely enhanced portable handheld gaming experience.

  • New Controls

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons. The C Stick is a second analogue controller located to the right of the system and brings new control opportunities, like intuitive camera control, to compatible games. The new ZL and ZR buttons are additional shoulder buttons located on the rear of the system which give players even more control options.

  • New 3D

More comfortable 3D viewing is possible with New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL due to the systems’ face-tracking capabilities. Games now leap to life in super-stable 3D, as the system’s inner camera uses face-tracking to adjust the screen images based on the player’s viewing angle, so that they can enjoy complete immersion while playing.

  • New Speed

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature enhanced processing power that helps the systems run smoother and speeds up the use of HOME menu applications, loading and downloading times. Several upcoming games, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D,  will be built from the ground up, exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, to take advantage of this power boost.

  • New Customisation

New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Black or Metallic Blue whilst New Nintendo 3DS will launch in Black or White. On New Nintendo 3DS only, you will also be able to customise the exterior design of the system with replaceable front and back cover plates. With a wide range of interchangeable cover plates – twelve of which will be available at launch, with more to release in the future, and in a variety of different designs and fun textures, players will be able to create a totally unique and personal look for their system.

  • New Possibilities

The two new handheld systems have built-in support for amiibo, Nintendo’s range of interactive figures, which have since launch last November already sold approximately 5.7 million units. amiibo gives access to extra content and features in compatible software, such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and soon to be released Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Simply tap an amiibo figure to the near-field communication (NFC) area on the lower screen of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL  to enjoy such features as bonus items and content, customisable characters and more.

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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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