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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 Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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