It seems like forever, but Nintendo has finally released news on the successor to the DSi's Flipnote Studio titled Flipnote Studio 3D.
Nintendo President Iwata, via Brain Age animation, shared some interesting details about how Flipnote Studio 3D would work. In the video, he described that users would draw their creations on multiple panels that acted as layers for the same frame. Each frame could have the 3D effect increased or decreased to produce the desired effect. He also shared that the software would allow users to draw with six colors instead of three.
Animations can now be saved as AVI files in order to help users spread their creations to their friends and other video sites. Speaking of sharing, the Nintendo 3DS eShop will also have free sample videos for those who want some inspirations for their flipnotes.
After announcing that Flipnote Studio 3D would be available this Summer for no charge, Iwata revealed how to share your work with both your friends and the world. With Flipnote Gallery: Friends, you can create your own community with your friends that you have registered on your 3DS. You can view and download each other's creations or even rate them. Flipnote Gallery: World is similar, but at a larger scale. They key differences are that you share with everyone with the software, and that it is subscription based at a monthly fee. However, everyone will be able to try it 30 days for free, and if you get consistently high ratings you will not be charged at all.
Iwata also touched on the current services for the original Flipnote Studio. Both the DSi and computer online services will be shifted over to the new services, and the regular Flipnote Studio online site will cease as of May 31.
While the subscription service is sure to get some mixed opinions, Flipnote Studio 3D looks to be a worthy successor, and may keep our attention for quite some time after its release.