Colors! 3D update available on April 5 – Celebrate by winning a Wii U™ console

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We’ve finally got the go-ahead by Nintendo to release our big Colors! 3D update and it will be available in the eShop on April 5 absolutely free. We can’t tell you how excited we are about this – there are so many features that we’ve been waiting for you to get your hands on. Just look at this list:

• Follow your favorite artists in the gallery to make sure you don’t miss any of their paintings
• Customize your Nintendo 3DS button setup to streamline your painting flow
• Use the new search-bar to easily find paintings of your favorite topics
• Filter paintings in the gallery based on if they used a reference photo not – only want to see original works? No problem
• See what tools you and others used to create a painting – and find out who spent over 30 hours on a single work!
• Get news directly in Colors! 3D about everything from gallery improvements to painting contests
• Make your own gallery page more individual by customizing it with a message and a profile picture
• Tag your paintings with the new #tags system for other users to easily find them
• And tons (and tons) of other additions and bug-fixes

You can find a more detailed change-list here.

To celebrate this, we will be launching our first big painting contest in a long time – Paint the world in colors. First price is a brand new Wii U™ console that will be awarded to the painting that we feel best represents the topic. We also have a bunch of runner-up prices: XStylus Crayons, generously provided by greenbulb.com.

1st price – Nintendo Wii U™ Deluxe Set
Runner-up (2 winners) – XStylus Crayon pack
Random participants (2 winners) – XStylus Crayon pack

And you can start right away. Just upload one or more painting with the “paint the world in colors” theme to the Colors! Gallery, and use the tag #painttheworld in the description. The deadline is April 25, and you can use Colors! on any platform to participate. You can read the fine-print about contests here. Good luck!

Colors! 3D has been a bigger success than we could have ever imagined. From getting the Metacritic 3DS Game of the Year award to topping the eShop sales-charts for over a month. This update is a thank you to all of you who made that happen!

Jens

Nintendo is not a sponsor of this promotion

Comments

Comment from Elias
Time: March 28, 2013, 11:46 am

I love it that you make updates – and that’s for free!! :D THANK YOU!

Comment from Manuel
Time: March 28, 2013, 12:05 pm

What are the rules for the contest?

Comment from Manuel
Time: March 28, 2013, 12:05 pm

Who*

Comment from Jens
Time: March 28, 2013, 12:37 pm

@Manuel, we’ve updated the article with a link to this page: http://colorslive.com/contests.php

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Time: March 28, 2013, 12:38 pm

[...] Ponadto, Collecting Smiles organizują konkurs na swojej stronie – do 25 kwietnia trzeba narysować coś na temat "Paint the world in colors", w opisie dodać tag #painttheworld. Pierwsza nagroda to Wii U Deluxe Set (amerykański). Szczegóły tutaj. [...]

Comment from Brad
Time: March 28, 2013, 12:49 pm

sweet! Any update like this coming to android as well?

Comment from Alex
Time: March 28, 2013, 1:07 pm

Great! It’s such a relief that now i can do so much more! Thank you sooooooo much! (And, it’s on my brother’s birthday!)

Comment from Jens
Time: March 28, 2013, 1:09 pm

@Brad, yes, we will roll out these improvements to Android, PSVita and the all-to-neglected iOS version as well.

Comment from Kyle
Time: March 28, 2013, 1:28 pm

Thank you for the update when it comes :)

Comment from AkaLink77
Time: March 28, 2013, 1:38 pm

Yesss! XD Finally! I cant wait for the better drawing experience!!

Comment from abnormal2004
Time: March 28, 2013, 2:20 pm

It’s about time… Though with as many times add we’ve been promised said update, I’m not going to believe it til I see it… I’ve never felt so lied to and misled in my life… It’s been MONTHS… :( I hope to GOD that it turns out to be worth the stress….

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Time: March 28, 2013, 2:33 pm

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Comment from Someone
Time: March 28, 2013, 2:55 pm

Yeah! So we can paint any pic with that theme? I will be sure to does it!

Comment from Louise
Time: March 28, 2013, 4:17 pm

Are there no limitations to the countries or will you send prizes to anywhere in the world? At the same time, this is awesome news! I’ve been looking forward to this so much. Thanks, guys!

Comment from Jens
Time: March 28, 2013, 4:38 pm

@Louise, As long as it’s a place where they sell Wii Us, then it should be fine. If it’s not, we’ll figure something else out. :)

Comment from Lorenzo567
Time: March 28, 2013, 5:42 pm

AWESOME! Thank you so much. When the update comes out, look me up with the search bar. Name: Lorenzo567

Comment from Orlando L.
Time: March 28, 2013, 6:14 pm

And it is 3 days before I joined Colors! 3d. Happy 1st Anniversary to Colors! 3d. I will give it a shot for a 2nd Wi U!

Comment from HyperChu
Time: March 28, 2013, 6:25 pm

So glad to see it’s finally here!!! ^-^ I already have a Deluxe Wii U that I love very much, but I’d still like to participate in the contest anyways. And about one of the surprise features you mentioned here~ OMG! Thank you so much for adding the option to have a main profile picture and text description! This was one of the features I wanted most to be added to the online gallery! I am so excited for this update! :D

Comment from HyperChu
Time: March 28, 2013, 8:13 pm

Also… Did anyone else notice this?! The update is being released on the same exact day Colors 3D came out one year ago! :D

Comment from Someone
Time: March 28, 2013, 11:01 pm

Wait! For the contest, Does it supposed to be about painting the world on colors? Or does it mean Painting the Colors! World? Or does it mean Painting the world colors, Colors simbolizing the awesome community? I am confuzzeled! D: Also thank you sooooo much for making it local time instead of wherever that was. :)

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Comment from WillowBird
Time: March 29, 2013, 8:30 am

The Trending Painting list sounds interesting. Thank you for the update.

Comment from Josh Velasquez
Time: March 29, 2013, 11:28 am

Woah I’ve been waiting for this forever!

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Comment from Zebra1210
Time: March 29, 2013, 12:46 pm

Hey, nice! I’ve already made an entry to the contest, and hopefully I win the Wii U! (Not being selfish or anything…)

Comment from xXsoulXx
Time: March 29, 2013, 3:55 pm

Well glad to hear been waiting awhile you guys at colors to great work one feature that would of been cool would be to put music in the background while playing the playback -recorded- (my opinion) But you guys are boss just hope it stays active since hatena is coming to 3ds ^,^

Comment from xXsoulXx
Time: March 29, 2013, 3:56 pm

*do

Comment from DreamKitten
Time: March 29, 2013, 6:14 pm

Very excited! Can I just say, happy anniversary! :D Colors! Has brought me great joy ever since I joined! I simply cannot wait for the update, I have been excited ever since the very first mention. I think I might have to try for the Wii u! I have always wanted one. :3

Comment from Daniel Neves
Time: March 29, 2013, 8:45 pm

Please add more brushes and option to cut and paste! And please, layers! It would make the app MORE PERFECT than it is. I love Colors 3D!

Comment from Someone
Time: March 29, 2013, 9:47 pm

Hey! Can you by any chance answer the question above? There are many ways you could interpret “Paint The World In Colors”. Sorry I just hasta know so I can start my submission. :)

Comment from Someone
Time: March 29, 2013, 9:51 pm

Oh! Also are multiple submissions per account? I have a couple ideas. :3

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Time: March 30, 2013, 7:19 am

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Comment from Frost21
Time: March 30, 2013, 7:46 am

I’m no artist but I’ll try anyway! Haha!

Comment from Fisher
Time: March 30, 2013, 3:13 pm

Great can’t wait and Thank you for the update when it comes.

Comment from FlintENT
Time: March 30, 2013, 3:24 pm

It’s great to see the update come out. I feel the contest, though, should be more specific, because there can be many ways to “paint the world in colors”. I feel it won’t be balanced.

Comment from Jens
Time: March 30, 2013, 3:30 pm

@Someone, any interpretation is fine. It’s all about being creative with the theme. You can submit as many paintings as you want. (but this won’t increase your chances for the random prizes). @FlintENT, that’s the idea. We wanted a very broad topic with very varied submissions. :)

Comment from BATMAN
Time: March 30, 2013, 6:28 pm

This is a great birthday present! Thanks man! :D

Comment from Someone
Time: March 30, 2013, 10:22 pm

Okay! Thanks! Jen! This app is really awesome, Thank you for makin it! :D

Comment from Ethan C.
Time: March 31, 2013, 3:29 pm

Good 1 year anniversary!!!

Comment from Cath
Time: March 31, 2013, 7:26 pm

I have a quick question: I’ve uploaded a work-in-progress shot of a piece of art and have been told that I should enter the final piece in this contest. Will my entry be classed as a re-upload under these circumstances, or does that rule only apply to people spamming multiple entries of their art under the #painttheworld tag?

Comment from Jens
Time: March 31, 2013, 7:57 pm

@Cath, as long as your submission is clearly changed from the previous upload, I think it should be ok. The idea with the limitation is that people just shouldn’t upload an old painting that just accidentally fit the theme. Instead, it should be fair so that everyone has the same opportunity to participate, and has the same amount of time to do it. All this will be taken into account when choosing the winning painting.

Comment from Cath
Time: March 31, 2013, 8:22 pm

That’s a relief :) Thanks Jens!

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Comment from Random person who you don’t know
Time: April 1, 2013, 1:40 pm

So there is there going to be a ban reset thing?

Comment from AkaLink77
Time: April 2, 2013, 4:36 pm

@Jens Hello, I was wondering if the Collecting Smiles staff used any of my (update idea) drawings for any ideas for this big update. Something tells me either you or them will say, but even if they did, it would be an extreme honor! :D And if you or them want, I can create more ideas to help! :D My Channel, for proof: http://colorslive.com/author.php?id=36865

Comment from Jens
Time: April 2, 2013, 9:23 pm

@AkaLink77, we try to gather feedback about Colors! from all different places. Most of the features in the update has been requested by a lot of different users. I do recognize your idea paintings though, so who knows, maybe they tipped the balance when we decided if we should implement a specific feature or not.

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Comment from AkaLink77
Time: April 3, 2013, 4:55 pm

@Jens Thats EPIC! Thanx so much to you and The staff! :D

Comment from MyMom!
Time: April 3, 2013, 11:39 pm

●DERP!●

Comment from MyMom!
Time: April 3, 2013, 11:41 pm

♪lalalalalalala♪ sorry I’m bored because the updates out tomorrow and not today.Sigh

Comment from MyMom!
Time: April 3, 2013, 11:47 pm

do you have your own account for colors Jens?Cause in want to see your pics!

Comment from someone
Time: April 4, 2013, 11:12 am

cant wait for it!!!

Comment from shamontray
Time: April 4, 2013, 12:00 pm

i wish i could listen to music while painting on colors 3d Hint,Hint.

Comment from MirageWalker
Time: April 4, 2013, 9:53 pm

umm… the update was suppose to be on already but there wren’t anything like that how come?

Comment from MirageWalker
Time: April 4, 2013, 9:56 pm

ummm… never mind it probably where i am right now! got too excited for no reason so if it my area it would probably be 6th of April instead of 5th then

Comment from person
Time: April 4, 2013, 11:02 pm

oh

Comment from person
Time: April 5, 2013, 12:40 am

Its been the 5th for a day now.

Comment from soraxcloud
Time: April 5, 2013, 1:49 am

anyone know what time is goes live? Noonish? It’s 5am where I’m at now got a wile to wait still. xD

Comment from Devon
Time: April 5, 2013, 4:20 am

I just hope it doesn’t come out last minute of the 5th :/

Comment from Sarah
Time: April 5, 2013, 5:40 am

What time was the update? Its 7:40 here and I still cant find it in the Eshop. :(

Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 5:41 am

Update times: US: 9:00AM PST EU: 16:00 CET

Comment from Plushypie
Time: April 5, 2013, 5:56 am

Thanks Jens, I converted my time (UTC) and it’ll be here 1:00 for me.

Comment from Fran
Time: April 5, 2013, 7:07 am

it will be realeased today in spain too? I cant find the update in eshop :C

Comment from Fran
Time: April 5, 2013, 7:22 am

I find it! :D

Comment from mc
Time: April 5, 2013, 7:49 am

comment faire ???

Comment from kingbowser
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:04 am

when is it 12:00pm

Comment from mc
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:05 am

i dont find it :(

Comment from kingbowser
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:14 am

i did yes

Comment from Anthony3D
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:20 am

NO UPDATE IN E-SHOP!! D:

Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:23 am

We are checking with Nintendo what the hold up is. It should hopefully be available any minute now.

Comment from mc
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:24 am

where is ??? in eshop or in parametre of my 3ds ?

Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:26 am

It will be available as an update in the eShop.

Comment from mc
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:27 am

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Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:30 am

Reshared from Ryan Smith: To anyone having trouble getting the update: If you simply check for updates, the EShop will say no updates are available for any of your titles. But if you go to My Downloads, then scroll down to Colors! 3D, you’ll find that coveted Update button.

Comment from daggdroppen
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:36 am

yaay! im downloading it now =) should be very nice to follow other users!!

Comment from Frost21
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:40 am

Woot! It’s downloading now! Can’t wait try out all thse new features! Thanks Jens! Also for anyone new coming in, to UPDATE Colors 3D, you have to go to ‘My Downloads’ in the eShop to find the update.

Comment from Alysathena
Time: April 5, 2013, 8:48 am

Am updating now!!!!! Thank you for an awesome app!!!!

Comment from Linski
Time: April 5, 2013, 9:18 am

It’s here :D Thanks to Jens and all the team – well worth the wait. I’m so excited!!

Comment from Stephanie
Time: April 5, 2013, 9:53 am

The update looks cool. Just wondering about the reference photo thing. A lot of my paintings say I used a reference photo when I didn’t. Is this a bug?

Comment from soraxcloud
Time: April 5, 2013, 10:01 am

I have a question! *raises hand* Now that we can search I’m seeing alot of the exact same painting posted many times. Can/should we report that as spam?

Comment from Anthony3D
Time: April 5, 2013, 11:05 am

GOT IT!

Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 11:10 am

@soraxcloud, we are still trying to figure out what we should treat as spam or not. Our policy up till this point has been pretty lenient and it has only been in extreme cases where we have taken actions against users for spam. (spamming their painting more than 8 times etc.)

Comment from Jens
Time: April 5, 2013, 11:11 am

@Stephanie, I’m guessing you are referring to the greyed out camera icon that you can see in the comments. That one means that we can’t tell if you used a reference painting or not.

Comment from soraxcloud
Time: April 5, 2013, 12:13 pm

Alrighty that’s what I’m seeing. I immediately searched kingdom hearts as it is my favorite thing and there is one painting that has to be in there atleast 10 times almost in a row. xP

Comment from commodore amigo
Time: April 6, 2013, 2:03 am

It is confusing when you say ‘used reference’ as traditionally and literally this means simply refering to an image or object to help you draw accurately. It does not mean tracing.

Comment from commodore amigo
Time: April 6, 2013, 2:06 am

also nice update~! :)

Comment from Linski
Time: April 6, 2013, 3:32 am

Would someone please explain the tags wc161 and colors11 please, I’m having a doh! day. Thanks in advance :)

Comment from Jens
Time: April 6, 2013, 6:58 am

@commodore, you are right. This is completely intentional. We can only detect if people used the reference photo feature or not. We cannot detect if people used that reference for tracing.

Comment from Jens
Time: April 6, 2013, 6:59 am

@Linski, #wc161 is the weekly challenge 161. You can find more info about that in the news section. #colors11 is just a short-hand for the update: Colors! 3D v1.1

Comment from FlintENT
Time: April 6, 2013, 7:10 pm

I have a question about the contest. If we use a photo or drawing of our own as a reference, would that affect the judging?

Comment from Jeff
Time: April 6, 2013, 7:21 pm

WHERE ARE THE NOTIFICATIONS :C Great update though! (:

Comment from Jens
Time: April 6, 2013, 8:30 pm

@FlintENT, hard to tell. It might. It sort of depends on why we think the winning painting deserves to win.

Comment from Jeff
Time: April 6, 2013, 11:24 pm

I thought there was a notification thing in the bottom right corner when we updated?

Comment from ROK
Time: April 9, 2013, 9:14 am

I take photos of sketches I do on paper, because it’s easier for me to draw that way… now I can’t upload any of it ever again? ):

Comment from FlintENT
Time: April 9, 2013, 3:38 pm

Okay, thanks for answering my last question. So does this mean that judging is based on the process of the drawing and the final results?

Comment from Cesar
Time: April 9, 2013, 4:31 pm

Uhh sorry to say but I’m having a problem just recently colors 3d won’t let me comment on paintings it always says “unexpected error while communicating with the gallery” and it’s not just me lots of my 3ds friends and other colors users are experiencing the same problem, do you know what’s up?

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Comment from Linski
Time: April 10, 2013, 2:38 am

@Jens – thank you for your reply :) @Cesar – I’ve experienced it occasionally but just put it down to there being a lot of traffic on the site. Don’t know whether that is the reason though :/

Comment from Jens
Time: April 11, 2013, 3:11 pm

@Cesar, On Tuesday we had a problem with the Colors! Gallery where it was impossible to post comments for a period of 8 hours. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.

Comment from Jens
Time: April 11, 2013, 3:12 pm

@FlintENT, Correct.

Comment from FlintENT
Time: April 11, 2013, 4:55 pm

Thank you.

Comment from ROK
Time: April 12, 2013, 1:06 pm

When will we be able to post drawings with photos as background? :(

Comment from shamontray
Time: April 15, 2013, 10:02 am

@jens you said we could sumit how many paintings we want right just read it from your comment?

Comment from Jens
Time: April 15, 2013, 10:31 am

@shamontray, correct.

Comment from shamontray
Time: April 16, 2013, 6:18 pm

ok thnks for the reply i really love your blog and colors 3d.

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Comment from trainboy
Time: April 24, 2013, 3:02 am

i was hoping you guys would also have Colors 3D on sale to go along with the update. i was unable to get an eShop card in time for your last sale back at the end of july. do you have any plans for a sale on Colors 3D any time soon or can you not say? since it looks like Flipnote 3D will come around the end of may, it would be reasonable to have the sale in the middle of may, right?

Comment from MirageWalker
Time: April 25, 2013, 9:11 pm

XD! what time for the result of this competition? i want to see who win XD

Comment from CartÔÔnish
Time: April 28, 2013, 11:46 am

@Jens Thank You for creating Colors3D! I have been enjoying using Colors since the 1st homebrew release on NDS. Do you have any plans for Colors or any other software for Wii U? I would love to see this happen.

Comment from Netbook
Time: May 4, 2013, 1:01 am

What update? It’s not out in the UK…

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