Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: December 18, 2009


December 24th will be the 1 year anniversary of the release of Flipnote Hatena (The Japanese version of Flipnote Studio and Flipnote Hatena was released on December 24, 2008).

We are planning a very special present for our users to celebrate our 1st anniversary of service. Please check our official blog for the latest news and updates.

Also, we created a special holiday gift for your Creator's Room -- have you found it yet?

Here's a hint for those of who haven't discovered it yet.

Today on Flipnote Central you can find a new Flipnote by Aardman Animations, Ltd. that was specially created to celebrate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. You can view this new Flipnote on both the Nintendo DSi and the Flipnote Hatena website for all regions.

We will be posting more The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Flipnotes< every Friday until New Years Day, January 1, 2010. These new Flipnotes were created by Aardman, the studio that brought you Wallace and Gromit, and Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

In this week's edition of the Flipnote Hatena news blog, we're going to show you some of our favorite Flipnotes based on last week's topic "Winter Wonderland", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Holiday Cards"

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week -- post your Flipnotes and join in the fun!

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry to see Weekly Frog Sightings where we feature original frog photos from users like you. Post your original frog photos to Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we might feature it here next week.

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The best of last week's topic: "Winter Wonderland"

As of today, there were 2,718 Flipnotes posted by users from around the world for last week's topic. We've selected some of the best of those Flipnotes from the past week which we hope you'll enjoy.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted by users for last week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):


You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic posted from your own region by entering the command via "Command Search" from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

"Winter Wonderland" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region:

★ In many parts of the world it is snowing. This blustery Flipnote by Ken (id:lostdwarf) captures the feeling of a snowy day! We especially liked the wind sounds, and the sound of the snow falling. Nice work!

★ Be sure to watch this beautifully illustrated Flipnote by Miguel (id:M_rock). Miguel's explanation of this Flipnote:

The story is about a little girl, who gets driven away by a piece of ice that breaks of when she goes ice skating. On her journey to return home she meets Chuck the polar bear and Miranda the penguin…..

★ SuperCesco (id:SuperCesco) reminds us that "You'd better think about the cold!" when you go outside this winter. We wish the creator of this Flipnote a happy and healthy winter too!

★ Bengali (id:Neijma) sang a cute winter song, and has a very unique drawing style. Be sure to check out the other Flipnotes by this creator too.

★ How tall of a snowman can you make? We doubt you can make one as tall as Laura (id:Laura-95) did in this funny Flipnote! Balance is a difficult thing, isn't it?

"Winter Wonderland" Flipnotes from the Americas region:

★ We really liked this beautifully animated Flipnote by Cooper (id:Giik) about the holiday season. The smooth transitions and nice ideas here really impressed us. Great work!

★ Santa has an accident in this funny Flipnote by Julio (id:jugo123). Santa needs to spend some more time at sleigh driving school, doesn't he?

★ Winter is the season when birds migrate to escape from the cold. We liked this simple and beautifully drawn Flipnote by Paul (id:QuickDraw) with the pleasant sounds of geese flying south for the winter.

★ We realize that there might be no snow this season for some of our readers. Josiah (id:jjdude) has made a Flipnote to solve this problem. Download this Flipnote and use the parts to make your own virtual snowman!

★ "Dog for Christmas" by Jbob1390 (id:jbob1390) captures the holiday spirit nicely. We especially liked the facial expressions on the characters -- Excellent work!

"Winter Wonderland" Flipnotes from Japan:

★ The winter is the best season for "Ice Cream Boy" by Jesse (id:puffystarspeed). Enjoy the cool days and nights of winter while you can, before it gets hot again.

★ Winter is the best season for people who like to do sports in the snow, like the character in this Flipnote by Fighting Z (id:tatutaku3030). Remember to play safe!

★ Winter is not long enough for the snowman in the Flipnote by Kudara (id:kudara-90601). At the end the snowman says "It's spring already? It's too early!".

★ The road in winter is full of obstacles in this Flipnote by Okirakuman (id:nagaryo24). We liked the funny concept and the original piano soundtrack too.

★ We liked the beautiful drawing and movement in this Flipnote by Mafuripa (id:kensukesan) which also features a snowman. The creator seems to think they didn't put enough effort into this Flipnote, but we disagree! Please give some stars and comments to this creator to show your support.

This week's topic: "Holiday Cards"

Create an original holiday card in Flipnote Studio and share it with the world! You can make a holiday card for your friends, family or for the whole Flipnote Hatena community. After you've made your Flipnote, post it to channel 8 from the Channels page on Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

We're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog.

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):


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Weekly Frog Sighting

If you are interested in having your frog photo featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog you can post it on Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we'll choose the best ones and feature them here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.


This week's frog sighting is an illustration that was sent to us by MdM from Italy.

Make sure you check out MdM's excellent Flipnotes and his Italian translation of the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News at the URL below:

MdM's Flipnotes: http://flipnote.hatena.com/MdMbunny/

Italian News: http://d.hatena.com/flipnotehatena-it/

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