To mark the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, the critically acclaimed video games series, Nintendo announces the launch of 'Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote' - a competition which goes live today to find some of the best, original Zelda-inspired Flipnote animations from across the globe using the Nintendo DSiWare software Flipnote Studio, which is exclusively available for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL.
Flipnote Studio is a fun and easy-to-use piece of software which is available for free to owners of Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL handheld consoles. It allows players to create their own unique and inspired short animations which can then be viewed online via a special service accessible with the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL: Flipnote Hatena*.
The 'Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote' competition, which is open for entries now and closes on the 10th of September 2011 at 7:59 AUS EST, invites Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to create and submit their own animated Zelda Flipnote, celebrating memorable scenes, unique characters and challenging puzzles from across Zelda's 25-year history. Using one of a few provided sample Flipnotes, aim to unleash your Zelda imagination by creating an original animation; animate Ganon battling, have Princess Zelda being rescued or perhaps animate Link solving a puzzle in one of the many dungeons featured in The Legend of Zelda series of video games.
Each entrant will be able to submit a single animation which will be judged by key members of the Nintendo Co., Ltd. development team who have been closely involved in the making of The Legend of Zelda series of games. Mr Takashi Tezuka, Mr Eiji Aonuma, Mr Yoshiaki Koizumi and the original creator of Zelda and Mario, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto will be looking for and choosing some of the most original creative Flipnotes which will then be posted on Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL and the Nintendo Channel for other Zelda fans to marvel at.
This global competition is part of a special 25th Anniversary website for the Legend of Zelda series. Visit the official The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary website to find out more about the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour which will be stopping off in London on 25th October 2011 for a one-off European date, as well as watch a Symphony Orchestra performance from the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 and delve into the history of The Legend of Zelda series. Stay tuned to the site as further information will become available on the ongoing series of events which will take place in 2011 to recognise a quarter of a century since The Legend of Zelda video game was first released in Japan in 1986.
2011 also sees the launch of new and updated Zelda adventures for you to enjoy. Available now for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a completely remastered version of the classic title. The game now incorporates 3D graphics, as well as a brand new control scheme which utilises the functionalities of Nintendo 3DS. Zelda fans should also look out for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword available on Wii later this year which makes full use of the Wii Remote Plus controller to guide Link on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda.
For more information visit the official The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary website
*In order to participate, you must register with Hatena. For full terms and conditions, please visit the Hatena website here
Please note that only users from the following countries can participate in this competition:
The UK and Ireland, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.