An unofficial Flipnote animation player for the Panic Playdate

Flipnote by ぺきら


Smoothly plays any animation made in the DSiWare version of Flipnote Studio flipnote by Kéké

Customisable dithering makes up for the lack of colour on the Playdate's black and white screen

Available in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, and Welsh


Version 1.1
16.8 MB
Includes a selection of 24 sample Flipnotes kindly provided by Kéké, mrjohn, ぺきら, Bee, Who Cares, Akemi, and Scarecrow.
This app can be installed by sideloading it
Please note that the Playdate Simulator isn't supported

By the way! You can add your own Flipnotes by dropping them onto your Playdate's storage


What is Flipnote Studio? What are Flipnotes?
Flipnote Studio is an app for the Nintendo DSi where users can create flipbook-style animations using the console's touch screen, microphone, and cameras. These animations are called Flipnotes.
Who built this?
That would be me, James! But this wouldn't have been remotely possible without a whole *bunch* of favours from very cool friends and members of the Flipnote and Playdate communities, you can find all of their names in the credits towards the end of this page.
Why make a Flipnote player for the Playdate?
Little else has single-handedly fueled my penchant for making things quite as much as Flipnote Studio. It's left a lasting impact on me and in a roundabout way was influencial in pushing me towards a creative career, so this app is a love-letter to a weird little animation tool and community that inspired me and many others.

It also just so happens that using the Playdate's crank to scroll through one of Kéké's animations is pretty fun!
Can this app create Flipnotes?
It can't, sorry! The Playdate doesn't have a touchscreen, so I came to the conclusion that trying to create detailed animations on it wouldn't be very fun. That doesn't mean I'm not working on something else along those lines for the distant future, although if you want to make art on the Playdate you should keep an eye out for Dustin Mierau's Playmaker!
Can I watch Flipnotes without a Playdate or Nintendo DSi?
Yes! I previously built a free web-based Flipnote player which can play animation files from both the DSiWare version of Flipnote Studio and Flipnote Studio 3D. There's also fan-made communities like Sudomemo where people are still actively posting Flipnotes!
Why aren't Flipnote Studio 3D animations supported?
Flipnote Studio 3D - the Nintendo 3DS sequel to Flipnote Studio - uses a much more complex animation format compared to the original DSiWare version. I had to pull out a lot of tricks to get DSi Flipnotes running smoothly on the Playdate, and I have some ideas for getting the 3DS format to that point, but I'm saving that challenge for another day.
Why isn't the Playdate Simulator supported?
The Flipnote parsing and playback timing code is written in C, which needs to be compiled specifically for whatever platform the Playdate Simulator is running on. I decided to avoid that for now in the interest of saving space (and because I don't know how to cross-compile...)
Will there be any updates?
I would like to keep adding new features as the Playdate develops, so you should follow me on Twitter to keep up to (play)date!


Programming and UI Design
Flipnote Decoding Library
Sound & Music
Sound Design Talon Stradley
Credits Beat madwurmz

Flipnote Studio is © Nintendo. This project isn't affiliated with or endorsed by them.

Playdate is a registered trademark of Panic.