Flipnote Hatena Service Ending May 31, 2013

We would like to thank everyone for contributing to and building the wonderful community on Flipnote Hatena.

Flipnote Hatena started in December 2008, and is enjoyed by users all over the world. With the upcoming release of the new Nintendo 3DS application Flipnote Studio 3D this summer, we are discontinuing the Flipnote Hatena community available to users of Flipnote Studio on the Nintendo DSi system and the Flipnote Hatena website on May 31, 2013.

We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to be the home of so many amazing Flipnotes and animators, and truly appreciate the support we have received from our user community since Flipnote Hatena began. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the discontinuation of this service.

After the Flipnote Hatena service ends on May 31, 2013, we look forward to seeing your new animations made with Nintendo's Flipnote Studio 3D, and welcome you to take part in Hatena's other online services.

Thank you again for your support all of these years, from all of us at Hatena.

Flipnote Studio 3D

Flipnote Studio 3D is scheduled to arrive in summer 2013 as a free download from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Flipnote Studio 3D will allow you to create 3D animations and to draw or paint in six different colors. Two new online communities will be ready for the release of Flipnote Studio 3D. Both communities will be managed by Nintendo. For more information please visit Nintendo's website in your region.

Frequently asked questions

  • What will happen to the Flipnote Hatena service after May 31, 2013?
    • You will still be able to use the Flipnote Studio application on your Nintendo DSi system after Flipnote Hatena has been closed but you won’t be able to upload and share your Flipnote creations on Flipnote Hatena after May 31, 2013. After the service closes on May 31, 2013, please refer to Nintendo's website in your region for updates about how to access Flipnotes posted on Flipnote Hatena.
  • What will happen to my account on Flipnote Hatena (Hatena ID)?
    • Your Hatena ID will continue to be valid for other services provided by Hatena Co., Ltd.
  • What will happen to Hatena color stars that you earned or purchased?
    • Your Hatena color stars can continue to be used on other online services provided by Hatena Co., Ltd.
  • What will happen to themes that you exchanged color stars for on Flipnote Hatena?
    • Flipnote Hatena Creator's Room themes can no longer be used after May 31, 2013. No refunds will be made for Hatena color stars exchanged for Creator's Room themes.
  • What will happen to the Color Star Exchange on Flipnote Hatena?
    • The Color Star Exchange will be closed on April 3, 2013. Creator's Room themes will no longer be available for purchase after April 3, 2013.
  • What will happen to subscriptions for Flipnote Hatena Plus?
    • As of January 2013, Hatena stopped selling yearly subscriptions to Flipnote Hatena Plus. Hatena plans to offer refunds for any remaining unused portions of Flipnote Hatena Plus yearly subscriptions.

We will continue to update this list of frequently asked questions as information develops.