Nintendo DS Homebrew, Colors!, Evolves Into 3DS eShop App

By Ishaan . August 10, 2011 . 10:34am

This fall, a piece of software that originally gained popularity in the form of Nintendo DS homebrew will be officially released as an app for the 3DS on the Nintendo eShop.


The app in question is Colors! 3D. The original Colors! was created as a homebrew application for the Nintendo DS in 2007. It was a simple painting application but its wide adoption amongst the DS homebrew community led to the creation of a lot of rather nice pieces of art work, many of which are available for viewing in the online Colors! gallery. A year later, Colors! was released for iOS platforms.


Colors! 3D for 3DS will let you create 3D paintings. It also features a few other upgrades over the homebrew DS version, such as real-time collaborative painting for up to four users over local wireless connectivity. The Colors! gallery will be integrated into the app to make sharing and viewing art an easier process, too.


A price and release date haven’t been announced for Colors! 3D yet. The iTunes version costs $4.99. You can view screenshots of it below:


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  • Actually, this looks like a lot of fun! This should keep everyone busy until another Flipnote Studio is available on 3DS.

    • Hmmm… So I’m assuming Inchworm doesn’t work for 3DS?

    • You know, I had no idea until this week, but apparently Miyamoto already announced it at some European event! Just the name. He said it’s called Flipnote Memo and it’ll be easier to share stuff. Hope to god they tie it in with Twitter instead of Hatena, but it’ll never happen. 

  • Good to see the good that comes out of Homebrew gets used. Now I hope some of those Wii homebrew apps turn into real legit software.

  • I still can’t figure out how it implemented pressure sensitivity.

    • Exkaiser


    • what, this or the original DS one? i’m not sure, but it may be something like this: if you touch the stylus at one point on the touchscreen, contacts underneath register that point. if you press a little bit harder, the contact spreads to nearby contacts as the touch screen gets squished, kinda like pressing with your thumb. pressure then depends on how pinpoint or how broad the registered inputs are, based on how many contacts got triggered.

      well, that’s my theory anyways. maybe it’s specific to the way the DSphat’s touchscreen was made. later DS models (not sure if DSlite included) like the DSi and the XLs do not support pressure-sensitivity, probably due to difference in touchscreen technology.

      tl;dr Playback owns. for that single feature alone, i hold Colors in higher regard than Photoshop even. it’s fun watching the artist at work, as you see can scrutinize every step, see the techniques, etc.

  • Thats pretty cool!

  • puchinri

    I’ve seen people do such amazing things with Colors!, I’m looking forward to seeing more art. Yay for it being on 3DS~.

  • alundra311

    Such an awesome app. I might actually get this.

  • XypherCode

    cool :D

  • I loved the homebrew version of this app :) It had all I really needed in a painting program! I’m excited for its release because the 3DS really needs a painting app. 

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