Flipnote Studio 3D to release this August in US, Hatena service terminated

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After its announcement back in March, fans of the popular animation app, Flipnote Studio on DSiWare will be happy to hear the new improved creation software will be shortly arriving on their 3D handhelds. Flipnote Studio 3D has been confirmed to launch July 3rd for Japanese 3DS owners, while receiving an ‘early August’ release in the US. With an exact date to be announced, and Europe yet to receive one, we are hopeful to see the title make an appearance on Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation in 10 days’ time.

Earlier today, Nintendo of America launched the official webpage for the software, highlighting the main features and improvements over the DSiWare version, such as a wider variety of colours, and users being able to export their animations in either GIF or AVI format. The application will feature two brand-new communities, both launching the same time as the software. Flipnote Gallery: Friends will allow you to open your own gallery and share all your animated goodness with your 3DS friends, while Flipnote Gallery: World will let you share your flipnotes with users all around the globe.

Flipnote Studio 3D will remain to feature a free service, while a subscription fee is required if you wish to access the new Flipnote Gallery: World. The subscription will start off as a 30-day free trial period, and when finished, a pass will cost $0.99 per month, with other prices yet to be confirmed for each country. Though if you happen to be a skilled artist, Nintendo will offer you a free subscription if you collect enough points from your highly-rated animations. The World service will be free to all users between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

On the topic of flipnotes, yesterday, Flipnote Studio’s online service Flipnote Hatena
was sadly shutdown, presumably to make way for the upcoming 3D version of the software. Nintendo made this statement on the Hatena website:

“The Flipnote Hatena website and Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi ended on May 31, 2013.

“We would like express our sincere gratitude to the members of the Flipnote Hatena community which began in December 2008. The service has now ended, but the memories will always remain.

“Thank you all for the amazing flipnotes and for your use of the Flipnote Hatena website and Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi,

Hatena Co., Ltd.”

After a near five long years of the Hatena service, are you sad to see it go? Or are you animation enthusiasts excitedly awaiting Flipnote Studio 3D’s release?

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