August 10, 2012: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Hello, this is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan bringing you the latest news about Flipnote Hatena.

Flipnote Hatena was launched in the Americas region on August 12, 2009, and in the Europe and Oceania region on August 14, 2009. It has been an amazing 3 years so far, and we are looking forward to many more years of Flipnotes together with you all. For the next month we will be having a special event to celebrate this milestone in Flipnote history -- for more information please keep reading.

Next week is a holiday in Japan, so we will not be publishing the next edition of the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News until August 24, 2012. You will have an extra week to work on your weekly topic Flipnotes, and we hope that you enjoy the new topic that we have prepared this week.

Thanks for checking out the news blog, from all of us at Hatena!

Flipnote Hatena 3rd Anniversary Event


To celebrate the third anniversary of the launch of Flipnote Hatena in the Americas and Europe and Oceania regions, we are having a special event from August 10, 2012 (Friday) until September 10, 2012 (Monday).

To take part, create an original Flipnote to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Flipnote Hatena and post it to the official 3rd anniversary channel. Create stories about the good times and experiences that you have had on Flipnote Hatena, or show off some of the animation skills that you have learned.

We will feature some of the best submissions in a special section of Flipnote Hatena in September.

  • Submission rules:
    • 1) You can post only 1 Flipnote per Hatena account.
    • 2) Flipnotes that are unrelated to the "Flipnote Hatena 3rd Anniversary" topic will not be accepted.
    • 3) Flipnotes with unauthorized use of copyrighted music, images or characters will not be accepted.
    • 4) Spin-offs that are not significantly modified from the original Flipnote will not be accepted.
    • 5) Flipnotes can only be posted by users from the Americas and Europe and Oceania regions.

Post your Flipntote Hatena 3rd Anniversary Flipnote to the channel below from your Nintendo DSi:

Flipnote Hatena 3rd Anniversary Channel

We are looking forward to seeing your "Flipntote Hatena 3rd Anniversary" animations!

Flipnote of the Week

KumaX (id:K8phux) from the Americas region posted this fast-paced and nicely detailed fireworks animation. Great work!

The best of the last week's topic: "Fireworks"

There were over 2,200 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: Fireworks

In addition to the Flipnotes that we have selected here, you can also see some more of our favorites in the 'Best of Hatena' channel at the URL below:

Best of Hatena

"Fireworks" Flipnotes from the Americas region

ßC★671 (id:BC671) created this excellent animation titled "Dragon Fireworks".

Coward♪ (id:SweetDevilCupcakes1) composed an original soundtrack to go along with this nice fireworks animation.

★ A trio of rockets blast off in this cool Flipnote by Light (id:light3190).

★ Check out the cute characters in this fireworks Flipnote by Danielle (id:Rouge325).

★ Animated fireworks come to life in this clever Flipnote by Panda (id:SilverPanda14).

★ We enjoyed the sounds and detailed drawings in this animation by ☆KimHawo★ (id:anri750).

"Fireworks" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

ASHVIN (id:ASHVIN) reminds us to be careful when playing with fireworks!

★ A pair of cats enjoy some fireworks in this cute animation by OMG>9000 (id:OMGover9000).

RockaFella (id:rockfeller) created this fantastic two part animation about the origin of fireworks.

★ A little robot puts on a funny fireworks show in this Flipnote by Robles (id:robles).

★ A young couple enjoys some quiet time in this animation by ~Nessie' (id:AmberAmber).

★ We liked the variety of angles in this fireworks Flipnote by ツAmeno~♪ (id:Millie-Milch24).

"Fireworks" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Enjoy a Japanese summer fireworks festival in this animation by Shiitake.

★ Enjoy some fireworks and music in this animation by kenzi (id:ken-703).

★ This animation by ★☆YOSUKE☆★ (id:hodaka3190m) is titled "Watching Fireworks from the Lakeside".

Ga-do (id:taku-musiclove552) posted this colorful Flipnote about setting off some fireworks.

★ A little mouse has an adventure in this fireworks themed Flipnote by Kotone (id:sb0w8jcdbkvs0kwihykb393).

★ Check out the realistic sound effects and drawings in this animation by Totsu (id:totu3).

This week's topic: "Boats"

This week we would like you to create Flipnotes that feature boats. Create animations about barges, canoes, container ships, cruise boats, fishing boats, ice-breakers, kayaks, pedal-powered boats (paddle boats or pedalos), pirate ships, rowboats, sailboats, speedboats, steamboats, submarines, tugboats or warships. Make your own imaginary boat and set out on a journey in your animations. See where your creativity takes you!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by 9:00 PM on August 23, 2012 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will present some of our favorites on August 24, 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: Boats

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.

★ Here are some cute frog buttons that I saw in a fabric shop in Shiga, 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:

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