THQ intros Wii uDraw GameTablet

$70 add-on will come packed in with uDraw Studio art game, launch alongside Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure this holiday season.

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The Nintendo Wii sales charts have seen a preponderance of peripheral-based success stories, and THQ is hoping to claim the next one. The publisher today announced its uDraw GameTablet for Nintendo's console, a wireless virtual doodle pad with a pen attachment set to launch this holiday season.

THQ is offering Wii gamers a blank canvas with uDraw.

The uDraw GameTablet will sell for $70 and come packed in with uDraw Studio, a painting package allowing users to create their own images and apply filters to them. Finished works can then be exported onto an SD card for use in other devices. The tablet itself is a 9-by-7 inch pad with a slot for a Wii Remote (minus MotionPlus add-on) on the left side. On the pad is a smaller blue-bordered drawing area (6-by-4 inches), as well as a tethered stylus with two buttons and a pressure-sensitive nib to allow for pen stroke thickness to be varied.

The tablet will also be compatible with other games, with THQ announcing Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure as launching alongside the peripheral. The former is an adaptation of the Mattel board game, while the latter is a side-scrolling 2.5D platformer whose titular hero's skin can be customized via drawing on the tablet. The two games will sell for $30 each, and THQ intends to roll out further uDraw-compatible packages and games every three months or so.

For more on the uDraw GameTablet, check out GameSpot's first impressions of the hardware.

Discussion

51 comments
Cian23
Cian23

is it just me or is this new peripheral trend getting old? i'd rather have a decent game and a controller (gamepad, remote, whatever) than Wiifit, PSeye, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Tony Hawk Ride, PS Move, Kinect (worst name ever), etc. etc. it seems every time i blink there's some new fan-dangled thing coming my way.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Maybe Scribblenauts will come to the Wii now.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

So get a tablet for your PC.......

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

So this is like the Nintendo Ipad huh?....Sounds interesting.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@gbrading That could happen if it had a screen. But that would probably cost a lot more money.

diggyman
diggyman

HyPeRRuSh said: "If only Nintendo had come up with this and named it 'Mario Paint Wii'". I totally agree. that should've happened last year even. Anyway, I wonder if this pad will work well enough for finite movement.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Theoretically this could mean DS games popping up on the Wii in future.

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

This looks interesting... I could imagine a new Scribblenauts or Drawn to Life on the Wii using this tablet. Maybe Mario Paint will return!

IrithAyllistira
IrithAyllistira

Well, I wouldn't spend money on this, but if it's good for the kids or other people who enjoys having every single Wii accessory, well, you're welcome to buy it.

GREENSLIPPERS
GREENSLIPPERS

i'm gonna get so i can draw boobs and a dick!!!!

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

u can get these things for computers

Trogeton
Trogeton

lol.. what next??/ Wiifail?? this won't do any better than t addon that came out for animal crossing

megaking_34
megaking_34

sounds like a good time for WII to improve. What awesome and positive thing they will think of next.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@Oozyrat I've got an Intuos 3 that cost $200 on Amazon, it's more for professional use than the Bamboo, but if you have no experience with the Wacom tablet line, you should probably start with the Bamboo and see if it's your cup of tea, because the higher-end models get really expensive. You don't necessarily need a tablet to create digital art (I do a lot of work with a mouse), but it helps a lot.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@Dualmask - Lol yeah that would be hard. I've been messing around with PS recently too, so I was wandering about the Wacom drawing pad. I was looking at one called Bamboo and it was around $70. Is that more expensive or less expensive than the one you use. Thanks a lot! This looks pretty cool in my opinion.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Maybe I can get my drawing interests back if they allow fine lines. Then again, I guess I could just out and buy real art supplies, but they don't lead to drawing images into video games... Wait a minute!

jayd02
jayd02

I think it will be cool but its just not my cup of tea, I wish it luck though

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

I can see some friends of mine getting this for their kids. I think this will do very well with its intended market.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

A great opportunity to draw a bloody great big penis on your HDTV. That's right I am 29 lol.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

This would be good if I didn't have a computer and drawing tablet.

guyguyguy1234
guyguyguy1234

I love to draw. I like the wii... This is tempting. I wan't to hear a bit more though.

SpotDuck2345
SpotDuck2345

THQ had better make a game where you can literally draw the character. I'm not just talking about a variation on Drawn to Life, either -- I want to draw a three-legged spider with a scorpion tail and CD-i Ganon's face and have it fight gorillas. ...Wow, that was unusually specific.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

really, just get a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and you draw something and save you some money

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

No surprise since the Wii is THQ biggest software market.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

Are you people really excited about this? Get a piece of paper and a pen and save yourself $70

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Will probably pick this up so my daughter and I can play together.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I hope so its also learning, as I WILL get it for my kid. I hope they have some creative games for it. I am STILL WAITING for a new Brain Academy game, this would help. =^) make it happen Nintendo

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

if you think about it, this make for creative games, scribblenauts is one and you guys remember Mario paint right? I rest my case

wahyudil
wahyudil

Sweett! Nintendo should use this rather than THQ only ... this is the best peripheral since WMP and Balance board ...

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Make Scribblenauts for Wii! This game would be perfect for it. Saw someone else mention Mario Paint. That'd be awesome, too. I loved Mario Paint.

Dualmask
Dualmask

This reminds me of Mario Paint (for SNES) for some reason, though this is obviously far more advanced than that. If I wasn't already an advanced Photoshop user with a Wacom tablet, I'd be really interested in getting this. But it's a great way to get younger people interested in digital art (as Mario Paint did for me when I was much younger). In fact, maybe I'll get it for my own kids. Then I can avoid the hassle of trying to teach Photoshop to a seven year old. :)

Pixel-Perfect
Pixel-Perfect

I'll keep my eyes on this, sounds interesting.

SaberStrike
SaberStrike

HyPeRRuSh.... I was gonna be surprised if no one mentioned this. I gotta say, I have many fond memories of Mario Paint. This is an interesting idea, and if the correct software is developed for it, it may do well.... Scribblenauts is a great idea, Radical Toenail

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Interesting device! I can see myself using it.

luffy11234
luffy11234

ok im sorry *snickering* but really ni-ni-nintetend*snickers and chuckles* is this really what your doing now?

Darkman159
Darkman159

You know, this sounded like a good idea until i realized id rather spend twice that on a real drawing board...

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

I believe an epic version of Scribblenauts should be made. Other than that, I don't know what could make a good game with this thing.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Cool painting on the wii. Watch they make a Mario art game or something like that.

thetravman
thetravman

Great for all you artists out there. And @Flint247, hopefully they'll make a new TH game with customed graffiti again like the DS. Good times...

HyPeRRuSh
HyPeRRuSh

If only Nintendo had come up with this and named it "Mario Paint Wii". :)

Flint247
Flint247

O_O I would so get that. I love drawing digital art and stuff. This is perfect! :D