Following the news that the Nintendo 3DS line of systems has officially been discontinued after a decade, it’s nice to see that creators are still finding ways to push the system and its software far beyond its perceived limits. Case in point, Youtuber Mirror-Panel 3 has created a 34-minute anime over the last four years on the Nintendo 3DS software, Flipnote Studio 3D. Flipnote Studio 3D was created for the 3DS line in 2013 as a sequel to the Nintendo DSi software Flipnote Studio.
The anime, Flipnote Warrior, will follow a young girl whose life changes forever thanks to her Nintendo 3DS. Currently, Mirror-Panel 3 has posted the film’s opening and title credits in anticipation of the final film.
While the coloring and editing were done on PC, the art and animation itself are of an unheard-of quality, especially for an app that was only meant to create simple flipbooks. Mirror-Panel 3 is giving us cityscapes, blue skies, costume changes, and full fight sequences wrapped in an opening sequence that feels reminiscent of anime openings from the early 2000s like Full Metal Alchemist. The sequence definitely did its intended job, and I’m definitely interested in seeing the full film.
While a successor to the Flipnote series, or similar software, hasn’t been released on the Nintendo Switch just yet, the fact that a project of this magnitude was largely done on a Nintendo 3DS makes me excited about the possibilities a Flipnote or Flipnote-like software could mean for both the Switch and creators. Given the larger processing capabilities and the larger touch screen of the Switch, it would be perfect for an upgraded and more capable version of the software, maybe even akin to Photoshop for beginners.
Whatever happens, it’s nice to see something that makes this year just a little bit brighter, and I really can’t wait to see Flipnote Warrior in its entirety on December 4th.
Image via: Mirror-Panel 3