Nintendo DSiWare (Nintendo DSi)
The Flipnote Hatena community available to users of Flipnote Studio on the Nintendo DSi system ended on May 31, 2013. You will still be able to use the Flipnote Studio application on your Nintendo DSi system but you won’t be able to upload and share your flipnote creations on these communities.
Thank you for contributing to and building the wonderful community in Flipnote Hatena. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the discontinuation of this service. If you enjoyed Flipnote Hatena, you might be interested in Flipnote Studio 3D.
Jot down your thoughts for the day or let your imagination run riot with a free Nintendo DSiWare application that lets you get creative on the go.
Flipnote Studio acts both as an electronic notepad and a pocket-sized animation studio with which you can conjure your own animated “Flipnotes” before sharing them with your friends – or the rest of the world.
If you simply want to write yourself a reminder note or record a vocal memo, the unique features of Nintendo DSi make it easy to do so via the Touch Screen and system microphone. With every Flipnote you create stored within an easy-to-access calendar, you’ll be able to keep track of your thoughts, ideas or tasks for the day wherever you are.
But that’s not the whole picture! As every Flipnote you make can consist of multiple pages, Flipnote Studio places the power to create your own unique animations in your hands. Using a versatile range of tools on the Touch Screen, you’ll be able to let your imagination run riot before sharing your creations and viewing the work of others through the Flipnote Hatena website.
Explore this site to find out more about how Flipnote Studio can set your imagination in motion and connect you to a wider community of creatively-minded Nintendo DSi users.
Flipnote Studio is a Nintendo DSiWare application that can be downloaded for free from the Nintendo DSi Shop. Click here for video tutorials about using the Nintendo DSi Shop and connecting your Nintendo DSi to the Internet.
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With Flipnote Studio you can do a lot of things, but that doesn't mean you have to! You can use this free application simply as a handy electronic notepad. From shopping lists to spurs of the moment, write or draw your note on the Touch Screen by using the stylus - you can even record a quick spoken message into the microphone - and save the thought! You can also send such notes to other Flipnote Studio users via wireless communications, so you could draw a simple map with directions and save it for when you or one of your friends need it.
By saving your Flipnote to the Nintendo DSi System Memory, it will be added to the Flipnote Studio Calendar for later reference. So if you want to keep track of what you’ve been up to, jot down a basic daily diary or remind yourself what’s on the agenda for today, Flipnote Studio provides you with all the necessary tools!
Putting together your own unique animations with Flipnote Studio couldn’t be more straightforward. Just like creating and leafing through a flick book on a notepad, you’ll bring your ideas to life by drawing a sequence of pictures on single Flipnote pages then setting them in motion at the touch of a button.
Use the basic Draw, Paint and Erase tools to create images on an individual page. You can choose from a selection of colours for your lines and patterns and you can use them on white or black paper. Satisfied with the results? Then move on to the next one at the touch of a button to start setting your animation in motion!
The Trace option allows you to see what you drew on the previous page(s), while the Copy option lets you duplicate your drawing directly onto the next page. Both are useful tools for ensuring smooth animation - you'll decide which option works best under the circumstances.
You can also import images from your Nintendo DSi Camera Album for inclusion in your moving masterpieces. Imported images will appear in black and white and can be altered with a range of effects to give them a visual overhaul. Adjust the contrast and saturation of the picture or apply an outline effect that makes your photo look like a hand-drawn addition to your animation.
The Page Management feature allows you to set the speed of your animation, fine-tuning it as you see fit. You can also cut, copy and paste pages here, so feel free to experiment. Then apply the finishing touch by using the Nintendo DSi microphone to add background music and sounds to your Flipnotes.
With a couple of basic Flipnotes under your belt, switch on the Advanced Tools option for a new set of tools that will make it much easier to get some advanced results.
Switching between two layers opens the way up for you to create backgrounds that can remain constant as you alter the animated action taking place on the layer above, while the Flip and Shrink/Enlarge tools make it easy to quickly alter the entire contents of a page as you send your drawings off into the distance, enlarge them for a zooming effect or flip them horizontally or vertically.
Two more Advanced Tools that can make your life easier are the Select and Draft tools. Copying selected parts of an image and pasting them on later pages can help to ensure your handiwork on one page is put to good use elsewhere. Similarly, the draft tool can make the creative process smoother by enabling you to draw sketchy outlines that act as a reference point from which to work.
Finally, Advanced Tools also include additional sound recording options that make it possible to import sounds saved in Nintendo DSi Sound. These music and sound clips can be mixed and subsequently expanded with further layers to create a single track that really brings your animation to life!
Whether you're new to animation or a seasoned pro, Flipnote Studio offers you the tools to bring your imagination to life. We sat down for a chat with world-renowned animation studio Aardman Animations. Watch the video for a sneak peek of the interview then tune into the Nintendo Channel on your Wii console to watch the rest!
We invited Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners from Japan, Europe and Oceania to help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. in style by creating Mario Flipnotes using Flipnote Studio.
The competition has now closed, and the esteemed judges (the original creators of Mario themselves) have chosen their favourite Mario Flipnotes from each region.
Below you can view the eight winning animations, along with comments from Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka or Yoshiaki Koizumi.
Miyamoto: This humorous Mario made me laugh. I liked the speed of the jumping animation.
Tezuka: The more I watch it the more I feel a peculiar charm that is not present in the Mario world. I also like the fine expressions such as the eye movements of the cloud.
Koizumi: I guess many people would probably go like "Ah true! It'd be like this if you drew it along with the lyrics!" I also find it interesting that Luigi drew Mario and it turned out to be like this.
Tezuka: The creator must have tried very hard to express the invisible Mario, I assume? I find it amusing as it has a peculiar tempo.
Tezuka: This may look some kind of classic sketch, but it made me realise again that this is the root of Flipnotes.
Miyamoto: I enjoyed that the movie consists of Paper Mario characters and the typical elements of Mario games. Thanks a lot for drawing it in detail.
Koizumi: This one is highly recommended by all three of us judges, without a doubt. We can tell that the creator has good taste from the simple structure of red and blue, and the smooth movement. This is on the level of a certain style that Flipnote Studio has achieved. I really appreciate the work.
Miyamoto: The animation made with bold lines and the silhouette has quite an impact. I feel sorry for the honest Goomba.
We asked you to post a monster to Flipnote Hatena that you thought could best our champion ""Bad Egg"" (created by renowned illustrator Andrew Rae*) in a straight-out brawl!
The four best entries have been personally chosen and animated by Andrew in a series of knockout battles - with the final winning monster facing off against Bad Egg himself!
You can view both the original Flipnotes drawn by the winners and the final animations on Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL, on the Nintendo Channel, or simply by following the links below!
Click these links to view the original winning animations of the Flipnote Monsters Competition!
Bad Egg is a vicious fighter with a hard protective shell. His weapon is that he sometimes hatches and the vicious lizard inside extends his reach and aggression. His weakness is that in order to hatch he has to sit down and incubate for a while, which makes him an easy target.
The knockout rounds have been lovingly animated and the time for combat is nigh! Simply click here to watch each round of this thrilling contest!
We'd like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their efforts - Bad Egg would have been shadow boxing without your imagination and creativity!
*Andrew Rae has worked for many worldwide clients in advertising, print, publishing and animation including the BBC, MTV and V Festival.
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