|Platform(s)||Nintendo 3DS eShop|
|Genre(s)||Raster graphics editor|
Colors! 3D is a digital painting application developed by Collecting Smiles for the Nintendo 3DS as a successor to the homebrew application Colors!. It was released as an officially licensed application for the Nintendo eShop in North America on April 5, 2012, and in PAL regions on April 19, 2012. It was later released in Japan on August 21, 2013, by Arc System Works.
Colors! 3D allows users to draw on five layers, each on their own stereoscopic 3D plane. Drawing is done on the bottom screen while the top screen displays the painting in 3D. While drawing, players can use the various controls on the Nintendo 3DS to change layers, zoom and pan, and alter the pressure of their brush. Pressing the L button allows users to access a menu where they can change brush type, size and opacity, modify the layers, use the camera to provide reference and more. When the user is finished with their painting, they can export it to the SD card for viewing in the Nintendo 3DS Camera application. Users can also upload their finished creations to an online gallery, which can be viewed either on the 3DS or on the official website. Gallery features include use of hashtags, and the ability to follow artists and post comments. Each painting also features a replay feature that allows viewers to see how it was drawn. The application also features local multiplayer, allowing several people to work cooperatively on a painting.
IGN gave the application a score of 9.0 and an Editor's Choice award, praising its simple interface and tutorials. Destructoid gave the app a 9.0, calling it "a simple and incredibly fun tool with an amazing community of artists proudly displaying their beautiful and funny 3D images." Nintendo Life gave the app a 9/10, stating, "Though lacking in any type of structured play, Colors! 3D’s robust free drawing system and unique ability to let anyone create their own three-dimensional artwork more than make up for this."
The application's predecessor, Colors!, was created as a homebrew application for the Nintendo DS in 2007. It was widely adopted among the homebrew community and was also released on iOS a year later.
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