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Mario Party: Island Tour has launched in South Africa for Nintendo 3DS consoles. The game can be played with up to three players using the Nintendo 3DS system’s Download Play Feature.

Join Mario and friends for a party in the clouds in Mario Party: Island Tour, launching in South Africa for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. One copy of the game can be enjoyed with up to three other players, using the Nintendo 3DS system’s Download Play feature.

This latest installment of the madcap virtual board game has broader appeal than before, with seven new game boards, 80 addictive minigames and a variety of modes for family and friends to enjoy.

Players can choose from a range of Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach and Toad, and party across 7 themed game boards, each with different goals and play styles. For instance, they can play chicken with Banzai Bills on Banzai Bill’s Mad Mountain and try their luck to see whether risky moves get them to the finish first, or collect boosters to tune up their rocket and race to the finish on Rocket Road. Each game board has its own range of special cards or dice that could turn the tide of the game and are won through minigames.

In Mario Party: Island Tour the players can choose whether more skill or luck will be required when they pick a game boards, and determine the difficulty level of the minigames.

Alternatively, they can jump straight into minigames in a dedicated mode, competing with friends or playing solo across 80 minigames. New minigames integrate the features of the Nintendo 3DS system in fun new ways, such as the microphone in Soundalike Star Show, where players try to impersonate favourite Nintendo characters, while in Ready, Aim, Fuzzy! they use motion controls to target a bow and arrow and try to take out as many Fuzzies as possible.

There are also brand new AR minigames that use the AR Card that is bundled with every Nintendo 3DS system, to conjure an augmented reality where a special range of minigames can be played. For instance, there’s a tower that needs to be physically moved around 360¬∞ to see all the obstacles so it can be climbed.

Many features can also be enjoyed solo, from playing against computer controlled characters across many of the game boards to the new single player Bowser’s Tower mode, which challenges players to reach the top as they try their hands at minigames of ever-increasing difficulty: succeed to advance up one floor, else it’s game over.

There are battles unique to this mode, such as a fight against a stack of Goombas, with plenty more colourful challenges on the way to the top. In addition, StreetPass is employed in a mode where players can meet Mii characters of other Mario Party: Island Tour players. They can then battle their favourite Nintendo character in random minigames to earn Mario Party Points, which can be use to purchase unlockables at the in-game shop.

Mario Party: Island Tour is available both as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop, and in a packaged version at retail for R499.

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YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists

The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.

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The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.

It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa. 

The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.

YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”

With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums. 


Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity. 

This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.

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Warriors of Waterdeep RPG gets mobile launch

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Top game developer Ludia has announced the global launch of Warriors of Waterdeep, a mobile turn-based RPG game, based on the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise for the App Store and Google Play Store. This release marks the first partnership between Ludia and Wizards of The Coast, leaders in fantasy role-playing games.

In Warriors of Waterdeep, players will need to summon a team of heroes as the great city of Waterdeep is threatened by powerful dark forces. Players will need to take their heroes into battle against monsters from the Forgotten Realms in tactical, turn-based combat. Level up and upgrade your heroes with free daily chests, and win rewards in exciting limited-time events.

“We are excited to bring the Dungeons & Dragons experience to mobile devices,” said Alex Thabet, CEO of Ludia. “We believe fans of the franchise will find Warriors of Waterdeep stays true to the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons with challenging storylines and innovative turn-based gameplay.”

Warriors of Waterdeep will launch with a real-time Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode. Take on teams of four in order to earn trophies, collect rewards and unlock new arenas. Rewards improve with every arena level up, to further improve your team of heroes.

Warriors of Waterdeep is now available to download for free, with in-app purchases, on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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