What is Flipnote Studio 3D?

Flipnote Studio 3D is a free* drawing application that allows you to create your very own animated masterpieces. Whether you want to scribble quick notes or draw sketches, you’ll never run out of pages with Flipnote Studio 3D. There are a whole host of tools that will let you bring your creations to life and create high-quality animations. You can then share these creations with friends and users from around the world so everyone can be wowed by your talents.

*Small monthly fee to use the Flipnote Gallery: World service

Flipnote Studio 3D Features


Bring your images to life!

Your canvas is divided into three layers which lets you draw different images and overlay them. By using one layer for the background and then overlaying people or other images, you can bring a striking sense of depth to your creations.


Adjust the depth of the 3D image by simply sliding your stylus on the Touch Screen.


Use six colourful pens to create Flipnotes that are all your own!

In addition to the black, white, red and blue colours you could use in the original Flipnote Studio, you can now paint in yellow and green, giving you a broader palette to fully express yourself.

Sharing Your Flipnotes


Share Locally

Exchange your creations with nearby users via Nintendo 3DS local wireless connection.


Share Globally

By connecting to the internet you can put together exhibitions that your friends can enjoy. You can also view Flipnotes created by people from around the world and put together your own collection.

Flipnote Studio 3D lets you save your creations in a variety of ways. This allows you to easily upload and share them on video-sharing websites, blogs and social networking services.

Check out our Flipnote Gallery: Friends and Flipnote Gallery: World sections for more details.

* This software is exclusively for use on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. It cannot be used on Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, Nintendo DS Lite or Nintendo DS systems.

* This software can be downloaded from Nintendo eShop when the Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the Internet.

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* You can only appreciate the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS on the system itself. All screenshots and footage on this site as captured in 2D mode.

Create Flipnotes

You can draw as many images as you like, varying them slightly in each frame, so that when they are shown one after the other, they produce a great animated effect.

Draw lots of images and then flip through them!

Use all kinds of tools to express yourself

You can choose from a large number of useful tools to help you come up with creations that are entirely your own.

There are lots of other tools you can use too

  • Pen: Use the pen to draw. There are 16 different types of pen. You can also add words to your images.
  • Paint: Colour in your creations. There are 40 patterns to choose from.
  • Erase: Remove words or images from your creation. Eraser tools come in 8 different sizes.
  • Edit Area: Select an area to move, erase, change colour and more.
  • Copy-Paste: Copy the selected edit area and paste it somewhere else.
  • Outline: Trace the outlines of the selected edit area.
  • Colour Swap: Switch the colours in the selected edit area.
  • Set as ? Motif: Set the selected edit area as a motif that can then be replicated.
  • Adjust the brightness or resolution of a photo or make it look like a line drawing. You can also adjust a photo's colouring.
  • Record sounds with the mic and use them as special effects and music for your Flipnote creations.