This morning, a Nintendo Direct Mini was published to YouTube without any advanced warning that I was aware of, other than the fact that Japan received a similar announcement late last night.
The disembodied head of Satoru Iwata made announcements regarding Flipnote Studio 3D, which will be made available as a free download from the 3DS eShop this summer.
Improvements over the DS version include:
- 6 colors available instead of 2
- 3 layers per frame can each have one of five depth layers for various degrees of 3D in animations
- Animations can be exported to AVI files for easier sharing to Facebook, YouTube, and other video sharing sites.
In addition, there will be a 3DS “Flipnote Gallery: Friends” community available for sharing your animations among your 3DS friends. Your friends can rate, comment, and download copies of your animations. This service will be free to use.
Another service will be available for a small monthly fee called “Flipnote Gallery: World”. This is a larger scale version of friends that will be available to all other FG:W subscribers. The first 30 days will be free as a demo, in addition to special free access days after the free trial has ended. It was also stated that if your animations sent to FG:W are rated highly enough, you could get free months for additional use of the service.
The existing DSi Flipnote Studio online services will end on May 31st to make room for Flipnote Studio 3D. You can still use Flipnote Studio to make your own animations, you won’t be able to share them anymore.
Videos created using Flipnote Studio 3D will be made available to download for free on the 3DS eShop so you can get ideas of what it can do and see the results in 3D.
UPDATE: As of now, you can access the Nintendo Direct Mini and Flipnote Studio 3D Samples by going to “Recent Arrivals” in the eShop and then selecting “Latest Videos”.