Flipnote Studio (DSiWare)

Game Review

Flipnote Studio Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

A DSiWare application that you'll definitely flip over!

It's no secret that Flipnote Studio has been one of the most anticipated DSiWare releases to date. The application has been described as like having your own portable animation studio right in the palm of your hands. Not only can you draw sketches and import photos, but you can then use the animation tools to bring those pictures to life. But exactly how powerful is this DSiWare application and does it offer up enough variety to keep DSi owners coming back for more?

When you first fire up the program you are faced with two choices. The first option allows you to view any Flipnotes you've previously created and saved on your DSi system. You can view them by recent notes, by various days on a calendar, or directly from your DSi system memory or SD card. You can even edit them if you're so inclined. All of these methods make it easy to sort through all of your Flipnotes, even if you've accumulated a large number of them. Your second choice allows you to create a Flipnote from scratch and presents you with a blank page with which to begin.

While the majority of your work will be done using the stylus, you can also use the DSi D-Pad and action buttons for shortcuts to various menu items that you'll need. The D-Pad allows you to press up for the main menu, right or left to scroll through your various Flipnote pages, or down in order to play your Flipnote animation. Accessing the menu presents you with every tool you're going to need in order to create your Flipnotes and it's broken down into basically two parts.

The first menu presents you with your basic functions. From here you can select your drawing tools and patterns. These vary from different types of pencil and pen tips to various spray paint patterns. You'll even find a very useful eraser tool that you'll quickly become acquainted with. The second menu also offers up some very useful tools including choosing everything from the different colors you're Flipnote will feature to the Lightbox option that will display a faded imprint of your last page's display for you to refer to. While it takes a little time to get acclimated to the many different tools you'll have at your disposal, you'll quickly learn how useful they can all be when you begin to create your more ambitious Flipnote creations.

The bottom screen of your DSi is where you'll do the majority of your drawing. And while you can choose to freehand your creations, the application also gives you a few ways to spice up your Flipnotes a bit. For starters you can import any photos that you've snapped with your DSi Camera application and use them in your projects. You can even edit these photos by adjusting their contrast and saturation settings using your stylus. Of course what Flipnote would be complete without a little music and sound effects, another neat feature that Flipnote Studio offers you. You can use your DSi microphone to input not only music, but also three different sound effects to liven up your Flipnote creation. You can even change the playing speed of these effects to given them a lower or higher-pitched tone.

Not only do you get to experience the enjoyment of actually creating your Flipnotes, but once you've saved them off, you can then connect to the Flipnote Hatena web site and upload your creations to your account to share with the world. You can even embed these creations on many of the popular social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. You can also place them on many of the popular internet forums, like the ones found on Nintendo Life for example. And if you'd rather not share your creations with everyone, you can just send them to your fellow DSi owners via the Wi-Fi function. It's up to you how you choose to share your creations.


There's no denying that Flipnote Studio is easily one of the best reasons to date to own a DSi system. While the program is simple enough for people of all ages to create a project, it still manages to offer up an almost endless amount of creative power limited only by the amount of time and effort users are willing to put into their projects. Couple all of this together with the fact that the application is completely free of charge and you have an absolute must-have DSiWare title that should end up providing many hours of fun for you and your friends.

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User Comments (85)



-TR said:

Been playing aroudn with this litteraly all morning. It's brilliant.

Downloaded it at 11:03 last night, too.



Kittsy said:

slams head into desk
Why, puns, why.

In other news, looks awesome. Good review.



Wiiloveit said:

I'm gonna wait until later to play this, since the new Team Fortress 2 update was also released today, and if I play that as much as possible before the Americans all wake up, there's more chance of me getting a good game without waiting for servers to free spaces. Anyways, really looking forward to giving this (and 3-2-1 Rattle Battle) a go!



Machu said:

It's an amazing little app, I need to put it down, but can't.



FATEM said:

I was surprised at the score but I suppose the amount of fun is only equal to the amount creativity you have.



thebigM said:

best things in life are free. might be the first reason to switch to DSi



Chunky_Droid said:

This is so awesome, I've been showing everyone my crappy animations every where I go!

My latest, Stick Megaman vs Stick Cutman!

Get the Flash Player to see this player.


sirgrim said:

Corbie should have animated a clock so he can review that and feel at home. I do notice his screen-shot of the calender. Maybe he got a little homesick.



ReZon said:

The DSi is now worth its price in my opinion. Flipnote is absolutely brilliant.



Chunky_Droid said:

I certainly made a note to flip-out upon noticing how animated everyone can get about drawing an app out of the DSi Shop



bboy2970 said:

Has anyone noticed the ability to switch it to advanced mode? I just discovered this. All you need to do is click settings from the title screen then click a few pages over and you an turn advanced features on or off. The reason I bring this up is because almost any complaints about Flipnote Studio I have seen are very much rectified in advanced mode. Corbie, did you know about this?



darkshaddow42 said:

More than just the advanced mode, holding the L button while in it (R for lefties) gives much more powerful tools, like using clips from dsi sound, mixing sounds, and draft mode! One of the sample notes tells you all this and more!



PhillaLoup said:

it's more like a ... 10/10!

you can blow into the mic to fill a selected area while holding (L).



Corbs said:

you can blow into the mic to fill a selected area while holding (L).

Now that I didn't know.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

you'll definitely flip over!

You do realize that I'll never let you live this down right? Oh, thanks for the fun I'll have with this Corbie



Corbs said:

If I had used something normal, they just would have added something like that in anyway. I just beat them to the punch this time.



Cheezy said:

So far I've made up to 9 simple Notes, haven't had any ideas since...I wanna do more so I gotta start thinkin!!!!



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Corbie: Isn't it a law of universal reviews that you have to have a witty line under the title of the game as it's description, and the final sentence of the intro paragraph must be some question that says "Is it good or does it suck?" re-worded.

I'm sure the Director of Universal Reviews would flip if he saw you didn't. Oh, I'm already having fun



Corbs said:

We have a review guideline that "encourages" the use of a witty tagline. I'll just leave it at that.




@Corbie you have to use the copy tool thingy and draw it aroudn the area you want to fill with paint. choose your paint and blow into the mic and it will fill that area . does anyone know if there is a way to duplicate one slide but have another on after it so like a dudes hair would be blowin back and forth without me having to draw it all?



Wiiperson11 said:

Hey Corbie did we get version 1 or 2?
And do you think we'll get some updates, like new colors?



Bahamut_ZERO said:

I would doubt an update to this. At least for a long time. There's more than enough here to keep us occupied.



Turbo_Genesis_64 said:

For an awesome, free software, I think this deserves a 10. This has been a hit on NL Forum like nothing elese I've seen.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Turbo Genesis: It's because this is something everybody with a DSi has because it's free, plus the creativity makes it perfect for sharing. It's not necessarily due to software quality. Though this a worth a 9, I wouldn't go as far to say a 10.



JohnshiBRPG said:

Wait until you see this animation of mine.

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motang said:

I am loving this app so much, I would have given it a 10 out 10, but after reading the review I would agree to a 9 out 10 which still very very good!

Here is my latest creation:

It's just a picture not a moving one. I will on a later date make a moving version of this.



Mendoza said:

Man this is one of the reasons to own a DSi ( also the web browser and games like PiCOPiCT and Sujin Taisin are the reason)

here's one of my first flipnotes:

[xxxx]<object data="http://flipnote.hatena.com/js/flipplayer_s.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="279" height="240"><param name="movie" value="http://flipnote.hatena.com/js/flipplayer_s.swf"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="did=90918D80CC6F2701&file=6F2701_090972EABBFCE_002"></param></object>[xxxx]





Great review as always! And for your great work, here is the animation you told me you liked



Odnetnin said:

This is DSiWare's true killer app (pun intended).



TanookiMike said:

Get the Flash Player to see this player.


jorenmartijn said:

Great app! Made some animations for myself today, but for some reason the Flipnote I send to the Hatena (?) website isn't displaying on the site. The DSi says it's posted, my avatar on the site displays my animation too, but it won't show up under my Flipnotes page in the profile.
Maybe someone can explain a little bit better what I'm doing wrong?



Bassman_Q said:

This deserves a 10/10 imo

@SUPERZELDAMAN- you can do that by going to the flipnote's menu and tapping the movie tape-looking icon, and then copying one of the sheets and pasting it on the sheet you want.



MindFever said:

Corby is evil... Flipnote Studio is even more eviiill (note: the word "evil" is pronounced like Dr. Evil does)



ItsTheSal said:

Get the Flash Player to see this player.


Chester01 said:

10 star program, I animated a bunch of cyanide and happiness cartoons, but hatina wont let me share them, theyre very strict on what they allow your stickmen to be doing.

<object data="http://ugomemo.hatena.ne.jp/js/ugoplayer_s.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="279" height="240"><param name="movie" value="http://ugomemo.hatena.ne.jp/js/ugoplayer_s.swf"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="did=923C08D01E194E85&amp;file=194E85_0919F0EF61CCA_000"></param></object>



stickman2000 said:

I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove Flipnote studio! If you want to watch my flipnotes,the command is down,Y,B,Down,>,<,R,L.
Add stars to the flipnotes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



paperskyx said:

No matter how many DSi games I spend points on, this one is my all-time favorite, despite the fact that it's free! I love it so much. It's a really powerful animation tool if you know how to use it. It's something that you can actually get better at as you practice. I also love how you can publish them through your DSi and view others' as well. It's an amazing app!



Alpha2797 said:

I just love this application. I can't wait for Flipnote Memo on the eshop though.



DemonnPrincess said:

HA! A rating I finally agree with!!!!!!!! Well, I was thinking it to be a 10, but going by how the reviewers rate on here(no offense) I was actually expecting it to say 2/10, but it's a good rating. I like Flipnote studio, I like making my cartoons and showing them! I made one of the girl from the ring coming out of the DSi Screen. XD



atariman said:

well, I quit Hatena, I got into youtube, Colors 3D, and DeviantArt. I was on Hatena for 2 YEARS!



Sforzando said:

With a review like this you'd think NL would care that FS3D has been delayed for over a year with no explanation.

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