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Last year Nintendo celebrated Mario's 25th anniversary with a Flipnote Studio competition. This year it's celebrating Zelda's 25th anniversary with a Flipnote Studio competition. It's nothing if not consistent.

As with last year's effort, Nintendo wants you to use its DSiWare animation tool Flipnote Studio to create a short skit about Zelda. The best entries will be judged by none other than legendary game developers Eiji Aonuma, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Takashi Tezuka. If your effort is picked, it'll be featured on Flipnote Hatena, the Nintendo homepage and Wii's Nintendo Channel too.

The contest closes on 9th September, so get sketching. The official Nintendo Zelda site has tips for how to draw the green-clad hero, if you're struggling.

3DS owners should note that Flipnote Studio is not available to download: it is exclusive to DSi and DSi XL. Nintendo will release Flipnote Memo for 3DS in the future, but we don't know when. Sorry.


Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda by creating Zelda inspired short animations using Flipnote Studio™

8th August 2011– To mark the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, the critically acclaimed video games series, Nintendo announces the launch of ‘Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote’ – a competition which goes live today to find some of the best, original Zelda-inspired Flipnote animations from across the globe using the Nintendo DSiWare™ software Flipnote Studio, which is exclusively available for Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL.

Flipnote Studio is a fun and easy-to-use software which is available for free to owners of Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL handheld consoles. It allows players to create their own unique and inspired short animations which can then be viewed online via a special service accessible with the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL: Flipnote Hatena.*

The ‘Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote’ competition, which opens for entries today and which closes on 9th September 2011, invites Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to create and submit their own animated Zelda Flipnote, celebrating memorable scenes, unique characters and challenging puzzles from across Zelda’s 25-year history. Using one of a few provided sample flipnotes, aim to unleash your Zelda imagination by creating an original animation; animate Ganon battling, have Princess Zelda being rescued or perhaps animate Link solving a puzzle in one of the many dungeons featured in The Legend of Zelda series of video games.

Each entrant will be able to submit a single animation which will be judged by key members of the Nintendo Co., Ltd. development team who have been closely involved in the making of The Legend of Zelda series of games. Mr Takashi Tezuka, Mr Eiji Aonuma, Mr Yoshiaki Koizumi and the original creator of Zelda and Mario, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto will be looking for and choosing some of the most original creative flipnotes which will then be posted on the Nintendo homepage, Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL and the Nintendo Channel for other Zelda fans to marvel at.

This global competition is part of a special 25th Anniversary website for the Legend of Zelda series. Visit www.zelda25th.co.uk to find out more about the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour which will be stopping off in London on 25th October 2011, for a one off European date, as well as watch a Symphony Orchestra performance from the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 and delve into the history of The Legend of Zelda series. Stay tuned to the site as further information will become available on the on-going series of events which will take place in 2011 to recognise a quarter of a century since The Legend of Zelda video game was first released in Japan in 1986.

2011 also sees the launch of new and updated Zelda adventures for you to enjoy. Available now for Nintendo 3DS™, The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D is a completely remastered version of the classic title. The game now incorporates 3D graphics, as well as a brand new control scheme which utilises the functionalities of Nintendo 3DS. Zelda fans should also look out for The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword available on Wii™ later this year which makes full use of the Wii Remote™ Plus controller to guide Link on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda.

[source zelda.nintendo.com]