Flipnote Studio 3D

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Flipnote Studio 3D
Flipnote-studio-3d-logo.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hideaki Shimizu
Producer(s) Yoshiaki Koizumi
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
  • JP July 24, 2013 [1]
  • NA September 9, 2015
  • EU TBD
Genre(s) Animation
Mode(s) Single player, online
Distribution Nintendo 3DS Download Software

Flipnote Studio 3D, known in Japan as Moving Notepad 3D (うごくメモ帳 3D Ugoku Memochō Surī Dī?) and originally announced as Flipnote Memo,[2] is a free downloadable animation application launched in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, this successor to Flipnote Studio allows users to use three separate layers to create stereoscopic 3D animations, which can be exported into GIF or AVI format. Flipnote Studio 3D was launched with two online communities: Flipnote Gallery: Friends, and Flipnote Gallery: World.[3]

The application was released in Japan on July 24, 2013. It was set for an August 2013 release in North America and Europe, but due to "unexpectedly high" usage of the online services in Japan, the application's release was delayed for both regions.[4] Nintendo has yet to offer any further statements with regards to this title's eventual release in North America and Europe.

Features + Release Dates[edit]

Release Dates ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________JP: July 24th 2013 NA: September 9th 2015 EU: CANCELLED (except UK, Spain, and Italy) UK: TBD Spain/Hispanola: TBD Italy/Italiano: TBD Mexico: January 3rd 2016 Bahamas: December 25th 2015 Australia: TBD Features __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Flipnote creation[edit]

Flipnote Studio 3D running on a white 3DS XL. The tool selection screen is open on the bottom screen.
The main screen of the Flipnote creation interface.

Largely similar to its predecessor, Flipnote Studio 3D allows users to create short animated sketches known as Flipnotes. Flipnotes can be made of hundreds of frames, and can be played back at a variety of speeds. The software offers users the option to create 3D Flipnotes by drawing different parts of the animation on up to 3 layers. The main tools include a pen, an eraser, and a paintbrush. New to Flipnotes Studio 3D are tools that draw shapes, fill enclosed areas (paint bucket), and insert text. The application features a limited color palette, including black, white, red, blue, green, and yellow. This is a slight improvement upon Flipnote Studio, which didn't include yellow and green. The selection tool is used to copy and manipulate parts of a frame. Users can also use the 3DS system's camera and microphone to add audio and photos to their creations. These animations can either be shared on the application's native online community, or by exporting them as GIF or AVI files.[5] [6]

Online services[edit]

Flipnote Studio 3D was launched along with two separate online services: Flipnote Gallery: Friends and Flipnote Gallery: World. As the names imply, the former allows for Flipnotes to be shared with people on the user's 3DS Friends List, and the latter is a worldwide community for sharing and viewing Flipnotes.

Flipnote Gallery: Friends was a Spotpass service included as a part of Flipnote Studio 3D. The service allowed users to share Flipnotes with up to 20 people in their 3DS Friends List via temporary galleries.[5] In addition, Flipnote Gallery: Friends featured a simple voting system.

On November 1, 2013, Nintendo ended the Flipnote Gallery: Friends service in Japan, due to concerns that users, including minors, could exchange Friend Codes on internet forums and use them to send inappropriate content. Later, the Flipnote Gallery: Friends feature was removed completely from the application via an update.[1]

A screenshot of Flipnote Gallery: World.
Flipnote Gallery: World's "Most Popular" page.

Flipnote Gallery: World is a paid community service, and the successor to Flipnote Hatena. Unlike Flipnote Gallery: Friends, this service was not discontinued.[7] The service is based around 30-day "passes" that can be obtained in a variety of ways. There is also a window of time when anyone can connect to the service for free, based on the 3DS's System Time. Users receive one pass when they first connect to Flipnote Gallery: World as a free trial to the service, with additional passes being purchased for a small fee. Each pass, activated when the previous pass expires, grants users 100 Coins and 3 Star Coins which are required for various activities.[8]

A coin is required to perform most activities on Flipnote Gallery: World, including posting a comment or downloading a Flipnote They are also used to rate Flipnotes. Users may add as many coins as they want, based on how much they like the Flipnote. Users are given a very limited quantity of Star Coins. These are required to add another Creator to a user's Favorites, and can also be added to others' Flipnotes.[8]

Flipnotes can be posted using either a regular Coin or a Star Coin. If Flipnotes posted using a regular Coin don't receive any Coins within 30 days, they will be automatically removed from the service. On the other hand, Flipnotes posted using Star Coins will remain on the Gallery indefinitely regardless of whether it has received any Coins.[5]

There is also a section of Flipnote Gallery: World called Nintendo DSi Gallery, wherein Flipnotes transferred from Flipnote Hatena may be viewed and downloaded. This gallery is free to access.[6]

Users can participate in the Flipnote Gallery: World community as either a "Creator" or a "Collector." Creators make Flipnotes and post them to the gallery, while the role of Collectors is to find high-quality Flipnotes and help them become popular. Doing particularly well in either activity provides an opportunity for users to be granted a free 30-day pass to the service.[5] _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEW Upcoming Online Server: FLIPNOTE HATENA 3D __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Flipnote Hatena 3D is a online server that let's you share your "3D Flipnotes" on your 3DS, 3DS XL, 3DS Amiibo, 3DS XL Amiibo, 3DSi or 3DSi XL coming soon! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Swapnote Flipnote 3D is an app that let's 3D Flipnotes interact on Swapnote or Flip Note Studio 3D. COMING SOON!

Development[edit]

Flipnote Studio 3D was originally announced in a travel of Miyamoto in France in 2011 under the name Flipnote Memo.[2] Other than this mention, there was no further news on the eventual release of the application until a Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast on March 13, 2013. In this official announcement, several features were revealed, such as the ability to create 3D Flipnotes using up to 3 layers. This was the first time that the application was referred to as Flipnote Studio 3D. The broadcast also announced a release date of mid-2013.[9]

Flipnote Studio 3D was released in Japan on July 24, 2013.[1] Originally, the application was to be released in Europe on August 1, 2013. However, on July 30, 2013, Nintendo of Europe tweeted that, due to the unexpectedly high use of the online services in Japan, the application's release would be delayed. They also promised to announce a new release date "as soon as possible."[6][10] Nintendo of America's official website for the application originally indicated an "Early August 2013" release date, but on August 7, 2013, this release date was changed to "TBD"[5] without any accompanying notice of a delay.

On November 1, 2013, the Flipnote Gallery: Friends service was discontinued in Japan due to the possibility of underage users sending/receiving "inappropriate content" via the service. Simultaneously, Nintendo globally disabled SpotPass features for their messaging app Swapnote/Nintendo Letter Box for similar reasons.[7]

Reception[edit]

Flipnote Studio 3D has received mostly positive feedback since its release in Japan. A Nintendo World Report editorial stated that the now-removed Flipnote Gallery: Friends feature was not very well put together. However, it also praised Flipnote Gallery: World and the wealth of other sharing options available. Despite the current lack of Spotpass features, the editorial expressed that Flipnote Studio 3D is still a lot of fun, and Nintendo should still release the application in the West. [11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "うごくメモ帳 3D". Nintendo. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Clegg, Aaron (2011-04-24). "News: New Flipnote Title For 3DS". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ Nintendo (2013-03-13). v=hhpsK-nk098 "Nintendo Direct Mini --3.13.2013". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  4. ^ Kubba, Sinan (2013-07-30). "Flipnote Studio 3D delayed in Europe due to 'unexpectedly high' use in Japan". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e http://flipnotestudio3d.nintendo.com/ Flipnote Studio 3D for Nintendo 3DS: Official Site. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Flipnote Studio 3D | Nintendo 3DS download software | Games | Nintendo
  7. ^ a b "Suspension of Swapnote and Flipnote Gallery: Friends". Nintendo. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Drake, Audrey. "Nintendo Announces FlipNote Studio 3D… Again!". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (2013-07-30). "Flipnote Studio 3D European Release is Delayed". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Why SpotPass in Flipnote Studio 3D Does Not Matter". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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