This Incredible Nintendo 3DS App Lets Users Create Their Own Comics

By Eugene . January 9, 2014 . 3:02pm


This is the sort of software that makes the Nintendo 3DS such a versatile platform. Apparently, yes, you too can soon try your hand at being a mangaka now. Comic Studio is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS app that will let you create your own drawings using the touch screen of the 3DS.


Unlike Colors! 3D, this piece of software is specifically meant for creating manga and comics on the 3DS. Comic Studio seems pretty in-depth, with the comic shots here all having being done apparently entirely within the system itself.


Users start by setting how large their book will be, and from there on each individual page within can have its own panels set up to different sizes to evoke the kinds of scenes we all know and love from Japanese comics. Drawings have to be done free-hand, but Comic Studio has a crazy number of options such as being able to shrink or expand how large your brush is-even down to a single-pixel size if you need, or having the art look as if it has been water-brushed.



Other nice-to-have options include the ability to turn anti-aliasing on or off, and a bank of ready-to-go stock “expressions” and “sound effects” that can be added around characters to aid in emotion-evocation.


You’ll even be able to snap a photo with your 3DS and then use it within the app as reference material while sketching, which could come in real handy for more serious artists. It doesn’t seem likely you’ll run out of space to draw either, as the game can hold some 6,400 “pages” of materials from your doodling to look back on.


After all’s said and done, you can easily add a balloon for text and then add the text in yourself as well, so it looks all professional!


Once you’re happy with your work, you can save the file out as a JPG image, which can then be extracted from the SD card and shared via your PC or emailed via the Nintendo 3DS’s browser.


Comic Studio will go on sale for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan 15th January 2014 for 800 yen ($8) via the Nintendo eShop.

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  • I would like this app to be localized. Drawing crappy pictures on Miiverse is only entertaining for so long.

    • konsama

      And they killed part of the fun once they shut down online mode on passcards or whatever, used to trade around derp drawings with some friends lol. Dx

      • KoRLumen

        You know it’s bad when people start remembering Swapnote as Passcards


        • konsama


        • miju

          It IS called Letter Box in EU but hell that’s nowhere near Passcards.

    • Satori Satya


  • fireemblembeast

    That’s all well and good, but the question is: will WE get it?! *___*
    I want it so bad…

  • TheExile285

    Another Japan only app >_>

  • Just goes to show how versatile the 3DS really is… in Japan

  • deadMastershiro

    Japan please don’t make me beg.

  • ooohhh i doubt they will but if they localized it id try it out ^ ^ i got a few ideas id like to try out

  • That’s pretty neat, I guess. I’ve been really surprised by the quality of some of the art I’ve seen on Miiverse.

  • Taylor Davis


  • AuraGuyChris

    *Last manga on the page*

    Panel 1

    Emo Girl: What are you doing?
    Peppy Girl: I’m drawing manga on my 3DS!

    Panel 2

    Emo Girl: Welp, sounds fun…
    Peppy Girl: It’s this sweet app that lets you be your own mangaka!

    Panel 3


    Panel 4

    Emo Girl: Yeah, too bad those Americans will never get it…

    • Chaos_Knight

      Well that’s a slap in the face to us Americans.

    • Unless they have a Japanese 3DS

    • s07195

      Hahaha, lol

    • Armane

      Does that mean us Europeans will get it? Neat.

      Does anyone know how the toner works in the game? I thought it would be cool if you just laid it over an area and had to cut/scratch it off like in real life.

    • Tsk tsk tsk. Ah, ye of little faith.

      • AuraGuyChris

        I know! That emo girl likes to twist the knife a little too much.

  • PreyMantis

    Nintendo (!), please, have this and Flipnote localized already!

  • British_Otaku

    Can’t draw, but I will pay for this gladly. >_>

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I want this localized SO MUCH. I know it will never be.

  • SlickRoach

    Now my dreams of becoming like Rohan Kishibe can come true! If this even gets localized that is…

    • Internet is Crash

      If Rohan drew on a 3DS, he’d break it in less than 5 seconds :))

  • James Enk

    bring this to the west and make a WiiU version with the ability to share your creation between them

  • Warboss Aohd

    will it let us upload it to Drunk Duck?

  • s07195

    That last 4-koma… (I’m no translator, so this is a rough version)
    Title: Announcement
    Panel 1-
    Girl holding 3DS: I’ve always wanted to become a mangaka!
    Black haired girl: Hm, is that so?

    Panel 2-
    Girl holding 3DS: All right! I’m gonna draw using this software!
    Black haired girl: Ah…good luck.

    Panel 3-

    Panel 4-
    Black haired girl: Ah, this pattern… She’s not going to draw anything, is she?

    • Naryoril

      argh, “pattern”, yeah, makes sense. I didn’t get what she meant with パターン

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Pretty accurate. Good job!

  • mojack411

    Neat app, I’m pretty sure I would still fail at drawing, though. I don’t get how people on Miiverse make such good drawings on the GamePad. For me, not having that tactile friction of pencil on paper makes it really difficult for me to draw on the touchscreen. Even more so for the 3DS since the screen is even smaller.

  • Minos


  • Namuro

    Yep, I’m getting this for sure! Gotta get used drawing on the 3DS first, though…

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      try getting Colors 3d as an early adopters app~ that app is beautiful

  • Lemski07

    even you have the app if you drawing sucks.

  • Damn this is cool! Too bad I suck at drawing lol =P

  • My Little endy

    Any word on a western release? My friends and I had a ton of fun with Colors 3D (and my wife made some amazing things with it). Sometimes I get these short, dumb comic ideas in my head and this might be a good way to get them out.

  • J_Joestar

    Too bad i’m not really much of an artist in the first place…

    “You’ll even be able to snap a photo with your 3DS and then use it within the app as reference material while sketching”

  • TheLastBattalion

    For all of the people who got that drawing game from Club Nintendo in October, this is your chance to show what you can make ^_^

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