FlipNote Studio Review

August 16, 2009 at 9:21 am 27 comments

Guest Post By Jamie

Review #3! This is FlipNote Studio. It was released a few months ago in Japan, but Europe and America got it a few days ago. Let’s review!


FlipNote Studio was released on August 14th in Europe August 13th in America. I’ve had time to play it for about 8 hours solid now, and have made about 20 animations that don’t suck. Yeah, that’s what FlipNote studio is all about. Animating.

On the Home Screen, you are greeted with Several Options:

  1. View FlipNote
  2. latest FlipNote (The Frog)
  3. Create FlipNote
  4. FlipNote Hatena (The online FlipNote sharing service.)

There is also a Calendar that displays recently created FlipNote’s, A few options and a Help menu.

Anyway, you make animations by drawing, or editing, each frame. You can set it to automatically copy the previous frame, which is nice, because it means you dont have to keep drawing every frame.

While creating a FlipNote, the D-Pad does several things; Up takes you to the menu, down plays your FlipNote, Right takes you to the next frame (if there isn’t one, it makes one), and left takes you back a frame. You can also access the menu by tapping the little frog in the bottom-left of the touch screen.

You draw the frame on the touch screen, using the stylus. I’ve tried drawing with my finger, but what it came out with wasn’t pretty. At all. By going into the menu, you get loads of options; Draw, Paint, Erase, Record Sound, Import a Photo, Change Playback Speed, Play, Forward, Send to a Friend, Save and Erase everyhting on the current frame. You can choose the colour of the pen (even though there is only Red, Black and Blue), and tweak a few options here. I won’t go too in-depth though. 🙂

I don’t really feel the need to make you click a link to carry on reading this review, since it’s not going to be the biggest review ever. So carry on reading now, you just as well. You can see some of my animations too then. 😀

FlipNote Hatena is the online service that allows you to Upload, Download and Watch other people’s FlipNote’s. It’s very comprehensive, since it catalogues near enough 100,000 FlipNotes. You can download all of them, and, unless the creator specified otherwise, edit all of them. It loads fast too, and plays the animations with hardly any buffering time. And some of them are really good. And I mean REALLY. As in proffesional animator good.

Rating time!

Graphics: 7/10 – Inuitive, clever and funky.

Gameplay: 8/10 –Smart, and everything is where it should be.

Fun Level: 10/10 – Hours of fun, since you can play your own games with friends

Play-a-bility: 10/10 – Easily playable by anyone

Now let’s see 2 animations I made:

See, this is the best bit about it. You can export an animation as a GIF, and upload it to your computer, email it to your friends, and even put it on your phone. :O


(The next review is ArtStyle:PicoPict – Check it out next Monday!)

legoless: Don’t forget to read Jamie’s first and second review and my fourth Spore post in the mean time (if you haven’t already)! 😉

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. legoless  |  August 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I think I’ve fallen in love…

  • 2. legoless  |  August 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Btw what does that guy say at the end of the first pic? “Bees are fun”?

    • 3. Jamie McElwain  |  August 17, 2009 at 5:37 am

      Yeah, I had a moment of insane randomness.

  • 4. ginny.  |  August 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    is this only for DSi? or can it be for the DS lite aswell?

    • 5. Jamie McElwain  |  August 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm

      Nope, only for DSi. Sorry. It’s one of the things in the DSi Shop

    • 6. sashurishu  |  June 19, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Hi, it’s Hatena’s Sashurishu here. It’s only Dsi and DSi XL now because DS lite doesn’t have the following:
      a menu with lots of empty blocks
      Dsi shop
      ability to download applications
      These are new and came out with the DSi, I think maybe Nintendo didn’t have these ideas when the DS lite was in progress. Happy prawning. Boss!

  • 7. Mαττ  |  August 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Looks pretty awesome,
    Uploading those pics to your phone would be an awesome feature

  • 8. ginny.  |  August 18, 2009 at 9:31 am

    such a shame. ahwell, cant have everything.

  • 9. blue robot  |  August 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I would have had the 7th comment if i commented when I saw it yesterday

    • 10. Ginny's iPod  |  August 19, 2009 at 8:18 am

      yeah well you dont which furthur proves my point

  • 11. legoless  |  August 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Is it just me or has the Sniper one stopped working? 😕

  • 12. blue robot  |  August 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    what point you never had a point

    • 13. ginny.  |  August 31, 2009 at 8:00 am

      my point is you cant alway have what you want.

  • 14. legoless  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    WordPress keeps adding some weird text to the end of the image URLs, which seems to stop them working. I’ve linked to the proper URLs, so if you click the pictures they should move again. For the time being that’s the best solution I can think of.

  • 15. legoless  |  August 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “Check it out bankholiday next Monday!”

    Damn, you edited it before I could comment. Ah well, I’ll do it anyway.

    *cough* It’s only a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • 16. More DragCave Stuff « Mick’s Blog  |  August 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    […] I guess this is the end of the post. Don’t forget to read my fifth Spore post, Jamie’s FlipNote Studio review, and Guinea’s review if you haven’t […]

  • 17. Duckster  |  September 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Flipnote is awesome but i was disappointed that it didnt have a full color palette

    • 18. sashurishu  |  June 19, 2010 at 8:06 am

      yea, i know. But you can get any color possible by mixing! for example. red paint on blue drawn or vice versa is purple!

  • 19. bated34rox  |  September 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    hope 2 b gettin a dsi 4 xmas!!! great review!!

    from bated lol 🙂 :(:)

    • 20. sashurishu  |  June 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

      Dsi rox! I hope you do too! Don’t forget to get Flipnote Studio!

  • 21. bated34rox  |  September 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    btw when r u gonna do a review on PSP 2000? just like 2 know!

    😉 😥
    legoless: I don’t know if Jamie’s planning on getting one, but I’l be sure to tell him that you requested it. 😛

    Spurs1996: I might be getting a 3000, but it’s more likely I’ll be reviewing the iPod Touch now, since I just got one. 😀

  • 22. legoless  |  September 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Yay the animations are working again! 😀

  • […] One of the biggest must have apps that is DSi only and it is completely free. There is a nice review of Flipnote over at Micks Blog if you want some more depth on what it can do. Basically the […]

  • 24. katie  |  June 7, 2010 at 1:40 am

    ii cant get my flipnotes to save! and is there a way to add songs onto the dsi without itunes? i need answers bad! plz

  • 25. sashurishu  |  June 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hi! Sashurishu here! I’m a Flipnote hatnea user, and your flips are pretty good. You know, there is an awesome stick fight maker called Boss. You should check out his stuff. Don’t forget to check out the best flips! And download them! And about GIF saving to y’all. It takes a really really long time. So if you have something like, I dunno, a movie 999 pages (999 is the page limit) then it would take you mAybe an hour for it to finish. And you can only save as GIF on SD cards. I got my DSi for Christmas and the only thing you can buy on the Shop for free (unless you have a DSi points card) is Flipnote Studio and DSi browser. To get to the shop you need an internet connction, same for DSi browser and flipnote hatena. Happy prawing, Boss! And happy animating to the rest of you!

  • 26. n1nt3nd0  |  October 17, 2010 at 1:08 am

    hello im a stickman fight editor too

    • 27. Anonymous  |  November 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      lol your not n1nt3nd0


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