Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: January 29, 2010


Greetings Flipnote Hatena fans! This is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan with another edition of the weekly news.

January is almost over, and we've been busy adding some new features to Flipnote Hatena. From this week you can now enlarge comments on our website by clicking on them. Also, we made login and registration easier for users accessing Flipnote Hatena from the Nintendo DSi Browser and smartphones.

For more information about these new features please check out our blog postings from yesterday.

Recently we began giving the creators of Flipnotes that we feature in the weekly news blog some rare, color stars. Since we don't yet have color stars available for purchase for users outside of Japan, this is a great opportunity for you to get some new types of color stars. Please post your Flipnotes about the weekly topic to channel #8 from your Nintendo DSi and we might feature it here.

We're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!

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 "Pixel Art", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Monsters".

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 and illustrations 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: "Pixel Art"

As of today, there were 3,574 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.

"Pixel Art" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region:

★ This Flipnote by N-Joki (id:Salocin) is extremely well done. We especially like the way the objects that appear in this Flipnote are drawn in standard and zoomed form.

★ Sometimes you just want to throw your head in the air and dance! PF9 (id:Pokerfire9) captures this feeling with a trio of dancing skeletons, matched with some great music. This is based on an original Flipnote by MdM (id:MdMbunny), who created the sprites and music, and also write the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News Blog in Italian.

★ We liked this Flipnote by Andreas (id:alceido) featuring a character playing tennis (or some other racquet sport?) with a flowing red background.

★ These small boxes are so cute, matched with nice synchronization of sounds and animation. Hinto (id:Hinto) has created many other pixel art style Flipnotes that you should check out too.

★ Enter a surreal, pixellated, electronic world in this Flipnote by/System\™! (id:Systeme).

★ Check out this retro arcade game made by Katana (id:KATANAs4n). Can you beat the high score?

"Pixel Art" Flipnotes from Japan:

★ A series of beautiful gradations flows smoothly inside of a matrix of cubes in this Flipnote by Toru Toru Batoru (id:nozomi-dx) . Amazing work!

★ The creator, sàküràî (id:sakurai212), said it took 2 days to make this Flipnote. Well done! The Japanese text on the left top means "Can you say this is pixel art?", and "Ugomemo" is the Japanese name for Flipnote Hatena.

★ BIG NORTH (id:okitaokita) created a Flipnote about Judo, in pixel art style. The Japanese text reads "One Arm Shoulder Throw".

★ This Flipnote by Pan shows the changes of the weather in a cityscape drawn pixel by pixel, in a unique style that caught our attention.

★ It's a never ending race against fate for the frog in this Flipnote by Kuro Megane (id:nobosemegane). Be careful! Don't wait too long before you jump!

★ The images in this Flipnote appear to be two pencils at first sight, but it's actually some kind of a secret tunnel. Did you see something pass through the tubes? By Balloon (id:danil-balloon)

"Pixel Art" Flipnotes from the Americas region:

★ Metroidfan (id:metroidfan666) made a cute story about a hungry little character in pixel art style. The creator even added the sprites used in the Flipnote on the last page for others to use to make spin-offs with.

★ What character appears at the end? We liked the way the pixels move and slowly reveal a surprise in this Flipnote by AnimatoR (id:AnimatoR)

★ This Flipnote by De “J” Myx (id:lanky08) looks like a electronic signboard, with well done gradations and movement.

★ The 2 characters in this Flipnote by Sowitzjoe (id:sowitzjoe) look very busy, as they go somewhere on their hand powered train. Maybe they'll meet Link and Zelda on the tracks?

★ This Flipnote by Crf175r~51 (id:Parasyte) is just a preview of something bigger that this creator is currently working on, and we're very impressed so far. Excellent work!

★ We liked the interesting binary numbers and the pixellated fading effect in this Flipnote by Sharigin (id:ShariginX).

This week's topic: "Monsters"

For this week's topic, we'd like you to post Flipnotes about "Monsters". Big, small, strong, loud, cute... create your own monster! See what you can create based on this topic, and post it to channel 8 from 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.

Hello Flipnote Hatena users! This is Kumi (id:kumi_t) at the international department at Hatena. Thank you for posting so many cool Flipnotes for last week's topic "Pixel Art."

I really enjoyed the excellent Flipnotes that were posted this week, and was also impressed that many users posted tutorials for others about how to make pixel art with Flipnote Studio. Posting these kinds of Flipnotes is a good way for us all to share our skills and to become better Flipnote artists. If you discover some new techniques for creating Flipnotes, please post them on Flipnote Hatena and share them with the community!

This week I would like to show you one of my frog photos that I took when I visited the United States last month.


This ceramic frog is in my family's backyard in Florida, where I visited during the winter holiday. The frog is mounted on a brick wall and is about 30 cm (1 foot)in size. I really like the cool colors of this frog, and I wanted to bring it back to Japan with me but I had too many presents in my luggage!

Wishing you all a great weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes about next week's topic, and your frog photos too.

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