I thought it was only free to share with people on your friends list but everything else required the premium service? Whatever the case, it does seem odd they decided to charge for this when it was all free in the DSI version. No big deal for me either way as I only played around with flipnote once and only browsed the hatena site a couple of times after that.
Considering they are offering a subscription service to a doodling app, and one no one will ever use or take seriously anyway, why do you care so much, TC?
I heard maybe one or two people around here alone mention Flipnote, but that's only because they were the few who were aching for a 3DS version of it, NOT because it is some renaissance app.
Eh, anyway, it's no surprise that there are already a few NDF members here defending such a hilarity anyway. To make a big deal out of this is to make a big deal out of curators charging people just to look at artwork in an art gallery.
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Watch the video again. Iwata definitely mentioned a small monthly fee.
The application itself is totally free no matter what. The monthly fee Iwata mentioned is for hosting your animations on the cloud. DSi flipnote animations will also be moved over to those same servers with the 3DS.
Sharing your animations with friends will be free. Hosting them for the whole world to see will require the fee. If your animations receive high ratings or become popular, the fee will be removed.
Keep in mind that this is only for hosting your creations on the servers. You will be able to create .gif animations as well as get the .avi file. That way, you can just upload them to youtube or something. The server thing is only to maintain a unified place for everyone to see instead of being scattered all over the Internet.
If the DSi version was free to host I don't see what makes this anymore different.
I would also like to add that the service in Swapnote is free too.
A few extra tools makes them think it's enough reason to charge for sharing your animations.
Pixel-based animating software that are free are very abundant for computers. With infinately better and more diverse tools than Flipnote Joke 3D has.
I'm a Nintendo fan but I think you have to pretty you know what to think this is reasonable.
But you can still host your animations on your own just like with those PC programs. You don't need to use the servers; you can just upload your animations to youtube or something since you can output an AVI file.