|Developer(s)||Nintendo EAD Tokyo|
Flipnote Studio (うごくメモ帳 Ugoku Memochō ) is a free downloadable application for the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare digital distribution service. Developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Flipnote Studio allows the user to create both word and picture-based notes with the stylus, add sound, and put them together to create frame-by-frame flipbook-style animations. Though referred to as Moving Notepad by Nintendo in prior English-language keynote addresses and conferences, the application was announced at E3 2009 officially as Flipnote Studio. It was released in Japan on December 24, 2008, in North America on August 12, 2009, and in Europe and Australia on August 14, 2009. It was also included as a preloaded program on the Nintendo DSi XL and Nintendo DSi with firmware 1.4.
Flipnote Studio is not available to be downloaded or transferred onto the Nintendo 3DS as a successor, Flipnote Studio 3D, is currently in development for the system and is planned for release in Summer 2013.
Flipnote Studio offers the user three main tools with which to create drawings: a pen, an eraser, and a paintbrush. With these tools, the user may create frames for short animated sketches, called flipnotes. Additional features such as layering, shrinking, and enlarging are also available, as well as the option to import black-and-white images via the DSi Camera Album. The Japanese version of the software allows the user to take photos directly from Flipnote Studio itself. One animation may consist of hundreds of frames (maximum 999), and to go along with the animation itself, the user may choose to record a soundtrack with the DSi microphone. The speed ranges from 0.5 - 30 FPS.
Shortly before the release of Flipnote Studio in Japan, Nintendo announced that they were partnering with Japanese web services provider Hatena to provide the means to share works created with the software. Speaking for Nintendo, Yoshiaki Koizumi stated they chose to work with Hatena because "it takes a special skill set to maintain the User Generated Contents (UGC) site, and we don't have that skill. We rely on Hatena on that part." 
Flipnote Hatena is the name of both the portion of the Flipnote Studio application that connects to the Flipnote Hatena website "as well as" the website itself (the Japanese version of the program differentiates between the two, but not the English version). Through the DSi portion of the application users are able to download Flipnotes to their DSi, add stars to Flipnotes uploaded by others, and upload their own. Users may also 'spin off' another user's Flipnote, by downloading it and editing it.
As for the website itself, Flipnote Hatena offers the ability for users to rank and comment on the works of others, as well as to embed their animations into other webpages. Users may also flag submissions as inappropriate; flipnotes thus flagged will not be viewable via the DSi's Flipnote Hatena and may be removed from the website altogether.
Hatena also has its own economy using different types of "stars". You can earn stars through flipnotes when other people add their stars to them. You have an infinite amount of gold stars to spend, but green, red, blue and purple stars can only be earned through other people giving them to you, visiting other Hatena services such as Hatena Coco, purchasing them or your Flipnote being featured in the Flipnote Hatena weekly news. You also gain a green star if you report inappropriate content. You can also spend as many color stars as you want.
Due to the arrival of Flipnote Studio 3D, the community features of the DSi version will be discontinued from May 31, 2013. Many protests have been launched on the Flipnote Hatena community, including spin-off chains and Flipnotes providing instructions on how (and sometimes when) to contact Nintendo, Hatena, and even news media. These attempts have not been verified yet as successful. However, Creators still are trying to prevent the closure of Hatena. There is even a supposed live protest occurring in April. Data can now be transferred to a site and a 'fake' hatena, Flipnote Hatena Reborn, has been made.
On May 2013, The Flipnote Studio will be transfer on Flipnote Studio 3D.
Sharing Flipnotes 
Aside from the Flipnote Hatena website, Flipnotes may be shared between two users via the DSi's Wireless Communication feature. When a Flipnote has been shared in this manner, the users may choose to save their contact information as friends on the Nintendo DSi and on the Flipnote Hatena website. Flipnotes may also be shared via saving to an SD card (to be inserted into another DSi). When a person receives a Flipnote from a creator the first time, they become friends with each other. Users may also become friends on the Hatena site.
Flipnote Studio was developed by Yoshiaki Koizumi and Hideaki Shimizu. The two began working on the project without the knowledge of anyone else at Nintendo EAD Tokyo. It was initially designed as a tool for taking notes, and it was considered early on as a possible WiiWare application to transmit these notes from a DS to the Wii to be shared with other users of the application. When the Nintendo DSi was announced, it was decided by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that the company would work with Hatena, as the latter had recently shifted its R&D department to Kyoto, where Nintendo Corporate Labs is located.
As of January 10, 2009, 38% of all DSi users had downloaded this application, and there had been more than 100,000 user-submitted creations. During its first six months of operation in Japan, Flipnote Hatena reports having received over 1,000,000 user-submitted creations.
Official Nintendo Magazine awarded it 95%.
Flipnote Studio 3D 
Flipnote Studio 3D (うごくメモ帳 3D Ugoku Memochō Surī Dī ), originally announced as Flipnote Memo, is an upcoming application for the Nintendo 3DS. The game allows users to use three separate layers to create stereoscopic 3D animations, which can be exported into GIF or AVI format, and features six colors compared to the previous version's two. The application was used to make mock-ups of upcoming Pikmin cartoon. Animations can be uploaded to two different Flipnote Galleries; Friends, which can be shared amongst friends, and World, a paid community service which allows users to share animations with others around the world. The latter gallery requires a monthly fee to cover server costs, though there will be a 30 day trial period available, special days when the service would be openly accessible for free even after the end of the trial period, and users with consistently high ratings can potentially have this fee waived. The application will be released for free in Summer 2013, whilst the Hatena-hosted online community services for the original Flipnote Studio will be retired on May 31, 2013.
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