Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: April 23, 2010


Hello from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team in Kyoto, Japan, and thanks for checking out the weekly news blog.

This past Monday we released the Color Star Exchange which is a new feature of Flipnote Hatena that allows you to exchange color stars that you have for new themes for your Creator's Room.


We hope that you're enjoying this new feature of Flipnote Hatena, and that you've found some themes that you like.

Here are some little known facts about the Creator's Room themes:

  • Creator's Room themes that you exchange color stars for will also be displayed on the Flipnote Hatena mobile site. If anyone views your Creator's Room from the Nintendo DSi Browser or from an iPhone/iPod touch or other mobile device, they can see your current theme displayed there too. For example, see the picture below of my Creator's Room when viewed with the Nintendo DSi Browser:


  • You can also access the Color Star Exchange from the Flipnote Hatena mobile site with the Nintendo DSi Browser or from an iPhone/iPod touch, or other mobile device and exchange color stars for themes there too.


  • Almost all of the themes in the Color Star Exchange were created by one designer, id:chira_rhythm55, who is the lead designer on the Flipnote team. It takes about one full day to create a new theme from concept to completion. The themes take a long time to make because each of them requires 6 different versions to support every language on Flipnote Hatena (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish). So far, id:chira_rhythm55 has created 33 different Creator's Room themes, and is working hard everyday to create more.


This week's new themes

We released two new themes in the Color Star Exchange today that we hope you'll like.

  • The first new theme for this week features several cute characters based on sweets. Add some sugar to your Creator's Room!
  • The second new theme for this week features a spacecraft traveling in outer space. Bring the cosmos into your Creator's Room!

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Thanks from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team, and we're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!

This week's featured 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 "Breakfast", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Insects".

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week and give you some rare color stars -- 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.

Read the Flipnote Hatena News blog in your language

Here is a list of the URL's that you can use to read the different language versions of this news blog:

Also, thanks to the help and support of MdM (id:MdMbunny) you can also read a translation of this blog in Italian, and id:Alex_BCN82 is now translating our blog into Spanish. Please be sure to check out the other language versions of the blog, since there are some differences between each version. It might be a good way to learn a foreign language too!

The best of last week's topic: "Breakfast"

We've selected some of the best "Breakfast" Flipnotes posted this past week from each of the 3 regions 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):

Weekly Topic: Breakfast

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.

"Breakfast" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Flipnote by IrritAnt (id:IrritAnt)

★ Flipnote by Jam™ (id:Flappetty)

★ Flipnote by Quiche....(id:keith1710)

★ Flipnote by Herbie (id:laughingcheese)

★ Flipnote by CHR15☆ (id:haribo99)

★ Flipnote by Dave (id:Shadyhitchhiker)

"Breakfast" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Flipnote by InkWolf (id:InkWolf)

★ Flipnote by Cameron Mc (id:Snowball873)

★ Flipnote by Savannah (id:vannah)

★ Flipnote by Check5 (id:ShariginX)

★ Flipnote by Momoka (id:momoka138)

★ Flipnote by jeremy (id:cathery)

"Breakfast" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Flipnote by Tentenmama (id:mogura22)

★ Flipnote by Gurantokuroru (id:gorirago)

★ Flipnote by Puniko (id:F-0536942)

★ Flipnote by Tomo (id:oioisp)

★ Flipnote by Pokka★ (id:pocca25)

★ Flipnote by Yuko (id:okitasoji)

This week's topic: "Insects"

For this week's topic we'd like you to create Flipnotes about bugs, insects and other creepy-crawly things. Did you know that there are more than 800,000 different kinds of insects in the world? Bring some insects to life in your Flipnotes this week and share your bugs with the world. Those of you with Entomophobia please accept our apologies, and try to avoid watching channel 8 this week.

Here are some insect videos to give you some inspiration for this week's topic:

  • The film "Mothlight" by Stan Brakhage (1963) is a unique experimental film that was made with insects. "Mothlight" was created by collecting hundreds of moth wings and attaching them directly onto onto 16mm film with clear tape. The result is something amazing!

  • Check out this video of the Trilobite Beetle of Laos, which is a truly amazing little critter!

Post the "Insect" Flipnotes you create to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi. We're looking forward to seeing your stuff, 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):

Weekly Topic: Insects

Follow Flipnote Hatena on Twitter

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Follow us at: http://twitter.com/flipnotehatena

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.

Photo by Aaron (id:aaron):

I found these frogs in an antique shop window in Kyoto.


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