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Flipnote Studio 3D on the way

The 3DS successor to popular DSi animation software Flipnote Studio will finally release in North America and Japan (probably Europe, too) this summer as a free download.

Flipnote Studio 3D will feature GIF and AVI exporting support, three layers and six colors to draw with, and a “Flipnote Gallery: Friends” for commenting, rating, and downloading friends’ animations.

The eShop app will also have a “Flipnote Gallery: World” service with community features that aren’t limited to your friends, but it will require a small monthly fee. Nintendo will offer a 30-day free trial, waive the fee for users with high-rating animations, and let everyone access the service for free during certain hours.

Bad news for those of you who refuse to buy 3DSes or are stuck with a DSi for whatever reason — Nintendo will shut down the original Flipnote Studio’s community services at the end of May.

You can watch the Mini Nintendo Direct for Flipnote Studio 3D here. H3DS has more GIFs ripped from the video.

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A Wii U GamePad made out of cardboard! Nintendo and Hatena made this cute mock-up, which even features grips in the back and a slot to insert different “screens,” just to get an early idea of how the tablet would feel and look as they designed different services for the Wii U.

It’s a lot like that cute cardboard 3DS someone made while waiting for Nintendo to debut the real thing!

Pass the break, two videos of the GamePad showing off how you can move some Wii U games from your TV to the tablet, and also how you can take a break from playing to post messages/screenshots onto Miiverse, browse the internet, find stuff to watch on your TV, etc.

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Flipnote Studio frogs pose on a DSi, photographed by Hatena’s Aaron Berman (click for a large version).
Did you know Hatena has several online services, not just Flipnote Hatena? In addition to its Youtube-like site for posting Flipnote Studio animations, the Japanese company also has Haiku, Diary, Bookmark, and Fotolife — which are pretty much their equivalents of Twitter, Blogger, Delicious, and Flickr, respectively.
When I last checked, most of those were only available in Japanese, but it looks like Hatena Haiku is now open to English users. Unfortunately, it seems as if the only people who’ve noticed this and taken advantage of the site are Flipnote’s adolescent users.
Something else you likely didn’t know: the Flipnote Hatena team has a Twitter account! You should follow them, not only to keep track of their weekly newsletters, but also because it’s sad that such a great and innovative site has only a hundred or so followers. You should add us on Twitter, too, if you haven’t yet.
Oh, and here’s a great music video someone posted after animating the entire production in Flipnote.


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Flipnote Studio frogs pose on a DSi, photographed by Hatena’s Aaron Berman (click for a large version).

Did you know Hatena has several online services, not just Flipnote Hatena? In addition to its Youtube-like site for posting Flipnote Studio animations, the Japanese company also has Haiku, Diary, Bookmark, and Fotolife — which are pretty much their equivalents of Twitter, Blogger, Delicious, and Flickr, respectively.

When I last checked, most of those were only available in Japanese, but it looks like Hatena Haiku is now open to English users. Unfortunately, it seems as if the only people who’ve noticed this and taken advantage of the site are Flipnote’s adolescent users.

Something else you likely didn’t know: the Flipnote Hatena team has a Twitter account! You should follow them, not only to keep track of their weekly newsletters, but also because it’s sad that such a great and innovative site has only a hundred or so followers. You should add us on Twitter, too, if you haven’t yet.

Oh, and here’s a great music video someone posted after animating the entire production in Flipnote.

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[Via Aaron]

Galaxy Intruders 2 for Raroo Fun System announced!

I discovered why everyone forgot about Space Invaders Extreme 2's release next week — who wants to put in a reservation for yet another Space Invaders game when this crazy shoot’em up is just around the corner?

This sequel boasts better graphics, bigger bosses, three difficulty modes, unlockable ships, and more. One of the dudes who works at Awesome Onion even told me the Japanese edition will come out on a disk with a soundtrack that blows away previous Raroo Fun System releases!

Preorder: Space Invaders Extreme 2 ($19.99)

See also: Three new Raroo Fun System games announced, “Galaxy Intruders” for the Raroo Fun System

Three new Raroo Fun System games announced: Police Chicken: Interrogation Specialist, Hungry Walter, and Roger Passes Geometry: An Adventure in Math.

I saw this video playing on the televisions at Awesome Onion this morning as I was putting in my preorder for Diesel Kiss, and I couldn’t wait to run home and share it with you. I was already considering importing a Raroo Fun System after seeing the Galaxy Intruders trailer, but now I’m determined to grab one and play Police Chicken.

I’m not so sure about Roger Passes Geometry, though. The low-polygon graphics aren’t really my thing.

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Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Mr. Raroo’s Tiny Anniversary animation

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"Galaxy Intruders" for the Raroo Fun System.

Speaking of fixed shooters, I wish I had the money to import a Raroo Fun System and this game. The graphics are INSANE. Also, it has a Halloween-themed boss!

Another brief but rad clip posted on Flipnote Hatena for you to watch in amazement: Tiny on a skateboard (again)! Set the animation to loop for maximum enjoyment.

Buy: U.S. Matte White, Pink, Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Mr. Raroo’s Tiny Anniversary animation

[Thanks, Cameron Mc!]

"The Sandwich Twins" by Aardman Animations.

This is the first Flipnote Studio clip from Wallace & Gromit studio Aardman Animations. The company’s commercials director Tim Ruffle has signed up to post “12 films of Christmas” exclusively on Flipnote Hatena.

I really like this; it’s much cuter than the junk I’ve made with the animation software.

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Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Tatsunoko Productions demonstrates Flipnote

"DSi Vs Game Boy" by Bryzel. While I disagree that owning an old Game Boy is cause for tears, this is kind of funny. Plus, this is likely the first and only (for now) Flipnote animation with a cameo from Uncle Jesse. Have mercy!

Oh, and I forgot to mention it last week, but commentor Cameron Mc posted a short and cute clip of Tiny riding a skateboard. I love our readers!

Buy: U.S. Matte Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Skateboard Dinosaur Flipnote animation

Flipnote Hatena’s rad comment system

Hatena is doing a spectacular job with providing a global community for Flipnote Studio animators, not just by allowing visitors to watch and rate clips from every region, but by also implementing a convenient Google Translate button for typed messages posted through the site.

Just like any machine translator, the results are far from 100 percent perfect, but it’s better than opening a separate Google Translate window to copy and paste the text.

This feature isn’t compatible with drawn comments left by people watching animations through their DSi, but that’s a trade-off I can live with for two reasons:

  1. Being able to browse and comment on animations through your DSi is neat and convenient
  2. You can leave much more creative messages, like sketches with a short message

Which reminds me, Western users need to step their Flipnote commenting game up. I see adorable notes like the one above from Japanese commentors all the time, but most of the messages I see from U.S. users look hella sloppy, like they were left by 9-year-olds:

Buy: U.S. Matte Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Flipnote Studio tips, PDF manualMoving Memo Pad’s derivative animations

If you’re enjoying Flipnote Studio's rudimentary toolset for creating your own animations but are having trouble overcoming artistic obstacles with those limitations, you should check out this channel of tricks for the app.

All of the videos so far have Japanese text, but they’re useful visual guides for essential things like getting as much color as possible out of the software’s paltry palette, or making a simple box with straight lines:

If you’re having trouble just uploading your first animation to Flipnote Hatena, there’s already an app a user-made animation for that — and it’s in English, too!

Also, here’s a downloadable PDF version of Flipnote Studio's manual, so you can have a quick reference to pull up when you need to learn a particular technique while working on your creation.

Buy: U.S. Matte Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Moving Memo Pad’s derivative animations, An odd animation I found on Ugomemo Hatena

Skateboard Dinosaur Flipnote animation by Nintendo.

As impressed as I was with Nintendo’s Skateboard Cat image yesterday, Skateboard Dinosaur totally blows that kitten away. I don’t understand why people are linking stick figure fights and and other silly clips to demonstrate how great Flipnote Studio is when they could be sharing this.

Also,  it’s interesting to see memes and characters from the U.S. finally appearing on Flipnote Hatena after seeing the service dedicated solely to Japanese clips. Now you can see North American animations like this posted alongside Caramelldansen and Yaranaika parodies:

Buy: U.S. Matte Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Moving Memo Pad’s derivative animations, An odd animation I found on Ugomemo Hatena

Too impatient to wait for next week’s batch of digital download releases, Nintendo of America rushed out the North American edition of Flipnote Studio, DSiWare’s completely free and totally boss animation software.

The company also launched its accompanying Youtube-like service Flipnote Hatena. Interestingly, you can set whether you want your Hatena page to display clips from just Japan, the Americas, Europe/Oceania, or the entire world.

So, grab the app for your DSi, make some animations, upload them to the community site, introduce yourself to Flipnote Hatena’s frog mascot (it’s one of the most adorable mascots the DS has to offer; he makes loading fun!), and watch thousands of adorable Japanese clips like this one:

Also, check out this Flipnote Studio introduction that Nintendo has planned but hasn’t published yet:

This is where I grabbed the skateboard cat image from. Skateboard cat is my new hero.

[Update: Nintendo just published those pages!]

Buy: U.S. Matte Black and Blue DSi

Import: Japanese Nintendo DSi (White, Black, Pink, Red, Lime Green, Metallic Blue)

See also: Moving Memo Pad’s derivative animations, An odd animation I found on Ugomemo Hatena