When Nintendo developed the DSi way back in 2010, gamers who are into comics hoped that they would finally have a gaming console that could double as a comic design platform. A lot has been reported in Nintendo news since 2011 with reports of Nintendo’s comic capabilities being stretched across multiple dimensions. Marvel played around with it, launching trailers films based on comic books on the 3DS console. It soon became apparent that if comics can be viewed on 3DS then maybe there was a way for comics to be created on the console.
It took just a few years for the 3DS to move from a console with great possibilities for creating comics to- one that actually could create comic-themed games (with the right software). The basic functionality of the stylus and touch-screen enabled users to do more than just doodle but create actual comics. The 3DS can enhance basic comics by adding more layer and depth. With a 3DS- visual cues get pumped up and can be made to be more dramatic. There has been a lot of experimentation over the years and third party software created to make the creation of comics on a Nintendo DS possible, a lot of it not making the Nintendo news sites because of the misguided notion that Nintendo should only be about playing games.
In recent Nintendo News, Collavier has announced its release of a new Comic Studio app for Nintendo 3DS which will be available only in Japan this week. This is said to be the best Manga creation app ever. It utilises the built in notepad functionality of the 3DS and the options like colors, 3D and Art Academy.
There have been other Manga comic creation software like Manga Studio and SketchBook Pro 6 in Nintendo news before but the new Comic Studio App has strips down basics of creating Manga and made it so easy, anyone could try their hand at it. There is an assortment of tools, pre-designed panel layouts you simply need to art art and speech bubbles. The software offers a canvas dimension of 896 x 896 pixels which limits the level of sophistication and sharpness of lines that an artists can draw but the software makes it possible to scale down your drawings – the undo and redo functions come in handy when you need to edit. Photos can be imported and worked into the comic.
Once the comic is finished it can be exported as a JPEG and shared on the web or e-mailed directly from the 3DS. The Comics Studio app is slated for release in Japan, the creators Collavier have yet to announce an American release date. Unfortunately, users still cannot create 3D comics on Comic Studio which means we can still look forward to 3D comics created elsewhere and displayed on the 3DS which comic creators like John Padding have been successful in doing.