Nintendo has announced the launch of 'Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote', a competition designed to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.

Flipnote animations can be created using the Nintendo DSiWare software Flipnote Studio, which is exclusively available for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL.

The Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote competition, which opens for entries today and which closes on September 9, 2011, invites Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to create and submit their own animated Zelda Flipnote, celebrating memorable scenes, unique characters and challenging puzzles from across Zelda's 25-year history.

Using one of a few provided sample flipnotes, artists can unleash their Zelda imagination by creating an original animation; animate Ganon battling, have Princess Zelda being rescued or perhaps animate Link solving a puzzle in a dungeon.

Each entrant will be able to submit a single animation which will be judged by key members of the Nintendo development team who have been closely involved in the making of The Legend of Zelda series of games. Takashi Tezuka, Eiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi and the original creator of Zelda and Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto will be looking for and choosing some of the most original creative flipnotes which will then be posted on the Nintendo homepage, Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL and the Nintendo Channel for other Zelda fans to view.

The Flipnote competition is part of a huge 25th anniversary celebration, which includes The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour, stopping by London on October 25.