|System: DS (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Nintendo||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 12, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: N/A||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If you want to add sound to the animation, Flipnote Studio allows you to insert up to three short sound clips and a longer one for background music or whatever you can think of. These sounds are recorded directly from the program, which is very convenient. However, it would have been nice to be able to access previously recorded notes from the Sound Studio, since that program allows you to tweak speed and pitch, and even add sound effects. That's something Flipnote Studio doesn't offer, and it would have been really nice to have.
You can easily save your creations onto the SD card or the DSi's memory, and you can even export them into animated .gif files that can be seen on your computer and uploaded to the Internet once you paste them into your hard drive. I bet soon enough people will start posting them on MySpace or using them as forum avatars! Additionally, you'll be able to send and share your animations with friends using the DSi's local connection. You can lock the file so they can only view it, or you can let them modify it, allowing them to be part of the creation and cooperate.
Apart from the issues I mentioned about lack of integration with the Picture and Sound Studio (and the lack of other colors), there isn't much to complain about. The program has a neat and user-friendly interface, it helps to promote creativity, and best of all, it's free, so what else can you ask for? Head on over to the DSiWare section of the DSi Shop and download it today to see for yourself. We can't wait to see what else people can make, including you! Just a little tip for beginners: check out Flipnote Hatena first (the green button when you open Flipnote Studio); you'll be able to see multiple examples created by other users, all of them classified in different categories, and they should give you an idea of what you can do and how to do it.
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