Flipnote Hatena Data to be Automatically Switched to Flipnote Studio 3D World Gallery
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Unless you opt out
As announced earlier in this year, Flipnote Studio 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop as a free app this Summer, finally taking the place of the DSiWare title that's been non-transferable to the new hardware.
As explained with that announcement, the new and free app will split the online sharing component of your creations into two parts — you can share with friends for free with Flipnote Gallery Friends, or pay a "small monthly fee" for worldwide sharing in Flipnote Gallery World; the latter option will have a free 30-day trial. There'll be community ratings and interaction, with highly rated artists even being in line for special rewards such as a free subscription to the World service.
Another feature, for which Nintendo has today tweeted a reminder, is that owners of the DSiWare software will have all of their content transferred over to a special DSiWare library area in Flipnote Gallery: World, which we assume means that you'll only be able to access your older creations if you subscribe. Nintendo's going for an opt-out system, so unless you object before 31st May — which is when the DSiWare Hatena community shuts down — all of the data for your flipnotes will be transferred to the as-yet-undated new app. If you do want to opt-out of the transfer or just review your settings, you have just over a week to login to the official Hatena transfer website.
The new version doesn't yet have a confirmed release date, but we imagine it won't be too far behind the closure of the DSiWare community. Let us know how you feel about the transfer to the subscription-based service in the comments below.