Fans of mobile games and cool gadgets have no doubt seen the Playdate reviews last week. Panic’s cute console is a celebration of simpler gaming times and we were lucky enough to get our hands on it early on – we found it to be a delightful little yellow system, one that takes us “back to a time when mobile video games were simpler, funnier, and each new experience feeling fresh and exciting.” “.
In addition to the new games loaded with it, Playdate is also an open platform with developers of all sizes able to create and distribute easy-to-download software for it. One of these programs is Playnote StudioA neat little app for anyone who’s been missing out on the Nintendo DSi’s great simple animation tool, Flipnote Studio.
While Nintendo’s animation app may not be available for download these days, flipbook-style short artifacts created with Flipnote Studio can be viewed on Playdate using developer James Daniel’s software. The app is based on a previous web-based launcher, and uses a console lever to allow you to move forward and backward through the animation frames.
Nintendo’s Flipnote apps have attracted a dedicated and enthusiastic following and continue to elicit passions to this day. It was an April Fools’ Day prank in 2020 that ‘leaked’ a copy of the Switch that led to a huge amount of fan outrage directed at scammers. In the same year, a fan revealed a stunning 34-minute-long, painstakingly-created animation in Flipnote Studio 3D, the 3DS version. Yes, that’s some dedication, right there!
You can head over to playnote.studio for more information on how to download the app on Playdate and enjoy Flipnotes to your heart’s content.
“Download the app in our Playdate? What if you’re not in Distribution Group 1?” Ah, while we may have one Playdate at Nintendo Lite Towers, some of us on Team NL are waiting a while for our personal playdates to be submitted. In the meantime, we’ll download the app, get it set up, and wait to go through some paper options.