Nintendo recently released Flipnote Studio on December 24, 2008 in Japan and August 12, 2009 in North America.
A great little application to add to your DSi (for free!) if you like animation and/or drawing. If you aren’t particularly into art, there is a section where you can go if you have Wi-Fi or a Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector (which Nintendo has discontinued).You’ll be able use a feature called Flipnote Hatena, where people from around the world are able to share their animations. Now what’s cool is you can save animations to your DSi or SD Card so you can watch it anytime. There are three basic tools to choose from, Draw, Paint, and Erase. The Draw tool has sizes and textures to choose from, with the option of red, blue, or black. The Paint tool is more of a shadowing and texture tool I would say, with color choices of red, blue, and black. Then the eraser tool, is well… an eraser, but it has a few sizes.
Last but definitely not least, I think the coolest set of tools are the copy and paste, and then the music and sound effects. Well, the copy and paste tool is pretty self explanatory, but you copy slides and put them where ever you want so you don’t have to stress about trying to re-draw everything perfectly. Then there is the ability to add sound clips, by recording with the built-in microphone. Then once recorded, place the clips where ever by clicking on them while playing through the notes, which will stay like that until you remove them or delete the sounds all together. The same goes for the music too, except it has a longer record time and instead of choosing where to place it, it just plays throughout the entire notes.
However, in my opinion, I think it is a fascinating addition to the DSiWare that everyone should get. I still have some trouble with my attention span so most of the time I have to work on one, and then come back to it several times later.
But I love how you can add sound to it.
The Run Down
- New way to entertain (Make your own stuff! Endless Creativity!)
- Let’s you watch other people’s notes
- Sound and “Music” Support for Notes
- You’re limited by your own creativity
- Frustrates people with short attention spans
Overall I would suggest it, even for the non art-ee types.
Written by Jake Rachuna