New Art Academy Hopes To Teach Both Basic And Advanced Techniques

By Ishaan . June 23, 2012 . 1:30pm

Nintendo announced New Art Academy for the Nintendo 3DS this past week. The game is a follow-up to Art Academy on the DS, and is supposed to teach the user the basics of drawing and painting. However, New Art Academy will also offer more advanced lessons for people that are already artistically capable.


Lessons in New Art Academy will cover drawing and painting techniques, materials and styles. Certain image references for these lessons will be displayed as 3D videos, and it sounds like Nintendo plan to distribute new lessons for the game in the future over Wi-Fi (whether or not this is paid DLC isn’t mentioned).


Tools-wise, you’ll be able to use virtual pencils and paints, colour pencils, pastels, scratch pads, and more. A Colour Wheel will help choose similar or complementary colours when painting painting, and a Blending tool for blending pastel colours together. Creations in New Art Academy can also be shared with other Nintendo 3DS users over the Internet or through the SwapNote app on the 3DS.


Finally, Nintendo say you’ll also be able to create your own art lessons. You’ll be able to distribute these to other 3DS owners. There’s also an in-game virtual museum where you can hang your own paintings as an art gallery of sorts.


New Art Academy will be released in Europe on July 28th. Japan will get the game on September 13th. New Art Academy is also headed to North America, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.

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  • aoihana

    Really looking forward to New Art Academy, I have the first part on my 3DS, the DSiware, I mean. It’s a bit limited, using just pencils and paints, but I’m loving the more robust system. The extra materials and blending tools are great! Your own lessons? Sounds interesting, but the 3D work is what’s exciting! (*≧m≦*)

    Using Swap Note to distribute your work is a given, but I wish Nintendo would update it, at least increase the ink limit!(◕‿◕✿)

  • Kuro Kairi

    These should be more stuff like this! For people who have never had the chance of learning something like art. And you can make your own lessons?!

  • xavier axol

    i don’t like nintendo coming up with dlc ideas, for any of it’s games (please stop following those  greedy companies) on the topic, the game looks and sounds awesome. it has potential and i can’t wait to see it in action.

  • ninjabart122

    I’m interested in this, as long as the 3DS has pressure controls, which I haven’t really seen.

    • yalissa

      3DS doesn’t have pressure sensitivity.
      Which is why I’m on edge about buying this ):
      But I’ll probably get it anyways for the lessons.

  • David García Abril

    The first game was one of the best “not-games” of the NDS. This one sounds promising.

    I’m really thinking about getting it, although I’ll probably will get download it instead of getting a physical copy.

    And it’s coming pretty fast to Europe! Just one month!

    • I was thinking the same thing–that I’d probably grab the download version. The thing is, NSMB2 is what kicks off their download games program, and that doesn’t hit until August. You’ll probably need to wait for a download version of New Art Academy to be made available.

      • David García Abril

         That’s fine. There’s no rush. :)

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