Fans of handheld games and cool gadgets will no doubt have seen Playdate reviews online last week. Panic’s pretty throwback console is a celebration of simpler playtimes and we were lucky enough to get our hands on it early on – we found it to be a lovely little yellow system, one that throws us “back to a time where handheld gaming was a simpler, more innocent pastime, and every new experience was fresh and exciting.”
Beyond the new games that come with it, Playdate is also an open platform with developers of all sizes able to create and distribute easy-to-load software. One of these software is PlaynoteStudioa neat little app for anyone bored of the Nintendo DSi’s brilliantly simple animation tool, Flipnote Studio.
Although Nintendo’s animation app cannot be downloaded these days, the short flipbook-style masterpieces created using Flipnote Studio can be viewed on Playdate using the software from the developer James Daniel. The application is based on a previous web playerand it uses the console crank to let you move forward and backward through the animation frames.
Nintendo’s Flipnote apps attracted a devoted and passionate following and still elicit emotions to this day. An April Fool’s Day prank in 2020 that “leaked” a Switch version led to large amounts of fan anger directed at the pranksters. That same year, a fan revealed an incredible 34-minute animation painstakingly created in Flipnote Studio 3D, the 3DS version. Yes, it’s a dedication, right there!
You can head to playnote.studio for more information on how to download the app to your Playdate and enjoy Flipnotes at your leisure.
“Download the app on our Playdate? What if you’re not in distribution group 1? » Ah, although we may only have one play date in the Nintendo Lite towers, some of us in the NL team have some waiting time until our personal play dates are sent . In the meantime, we’ll download the app and get it ready, get it ready, and wait for it to go through some choice flipnotes.