January 20, 2012: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Hello, this is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto bringing you the latest news about the fun world of Flipnotes.

Thanks to everyone who posted Flipnotes about trains last week. We enjoyed watching all of your excellent Flipnotes.

Now for an interesting bit of trivia about Flipnote Studio and how it relates to trains.

The Yamanote line commuter train in Tokyo is used by approximately 3.5 million passengers every day, and is one of the busiest railway lines in the world.

When Flipnote Hatena was first launched in Japan in 2008, Nintendo placed advertisements for Flipnote Studio (known as 'Ugokumemocho' in Japan) on video monitors in Yamanote line trains.

Here is a snapshot of one of those ads in the Yamanote line:


This week we have a fun new topic that where you can reach new heights with your creativity. Scroll down to find out more!

Along with the Flipnotes that we have selected in the news this week, you can also see some more of our favorites in the 'Best of Hatena' channel at the URL below:

Best of Hatena Channel

Flipnote of the Week

★ We enjoyed this neat loop Flipnote by Atsushi (id:s-28).

The best of the last week's topic: 'Trains'

There were over 500 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic, and here are some of our favorites from around the world.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Trains

'Trains' Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Check out this most unusual train by cosmasque (id:cosmasque).

¡EnCiSo! (id:Enciso) animated a fun looking train ride across the world and into space.

Panzer IV (id:Duo_Maxwell) made a Flipnote of a freight train with an incredible load.

★ We wonder what will happen next in this film-like Flipnote by chortlinMe (id:ChotlingArmadillo).

★ Meet some strange looking creatures in this train by Fazone (id:faz1).

GIGANTOR (id:Fuddy-Duddy) made this cool Flipnote about a Japanese bullet train.

'Trains' Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Poor Simon (id:simon-a) got himself in big trouble, will there be anybody to save him?

★ We liked the use of contrast and the detailed drawings in this Flipnote by josecandel (id:goomer).

Draves (id:Sheyx) goes to the extreme to avoid crowded trains.

★ Check out the neat use of light and shadow in this Flipnote by Gelo (id:RainGelo).

★ We enjoyed this dreamy animation by Camille (id:Cam92).

jake® (id:jake150598-2) made this cool Flipnote with the Nintendo DSi Camera application.

'Trains' Flipnotes from Japan

★ We liked the use of shadow in this realistic animation by o-tam (id:o-tamsan).

Watch the seasons change in this loop Flipnote by J-edward (id:J-edward).

ageha (id:ageha114) made a Flipnote about a girl who takes a train to visit her grandmother.

Tooru.F shows us what a ride on the bullet train looks like.

★ Take a space train in this futuristic Flipnote by yotti (id:yotiyottin).

★ We enjoyed the cool sound of this underwater train by kenzi (id:ken-703).

This week's topic: 'Climbing'

This week we would like you to create Flipnotes about the verb 'climbing'.

Try to make animations about climbing mountains, stairs, ladders, daredevils climbing up tall buildings, or the sport of rock climbing. Create stories, gags or artistic animations that have something to do with climbing. See where your imagination takes you!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by midnight on January 26, 2012 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will feature some of our favorites on January 27, 2012 (Friday).

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: Climbing

Frog Sightings

If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the 'Weekly Frog Sighting' section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.

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

Michael77 posted this picture of a Froggylicious meal at a Café in Osaka, Japan.



What did you think about the weekly news this week? Let us know by telling us your feedback in the box below.

You can read comments posted by Nintendo DSi users by viewing the Flipnote below:

Hatena Haiku