uDraw doodling on Wii Nov. 14

THQ's $70 tablet and art game arrives in the US for Nintendo's platform next month; $30 Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure launching in tandem.

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Beyond the ubiquitous guitars and drum kits of rhythm games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero, the Wii has played home to a number of first- and third-party peripherals. Devices included in this jumble include Nintendo's Balance Board and forthcoming Vitality Sensor, as well as Ubisoft's motion-sensing camera for Your Shape.

The uDraw tablet comes with a game for $70.

Today, THQ announced its new entrant into the peripheral-based gaming game, the uDraw GameTablet, will be available for the Wii on November 14. Priced at $70, the tablet 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 uDraw tablet will 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 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 information, check out GameSpot's hands-on with the device.

Discussion

23 comments
namdar
namdar

Wow that guys got skill! My son and I will draw stick men blowing each other up :D I wonder if we can compile animations?

Saphire_Kitsune
Saphire_Kitsune

Looks interesting, but a basic (and probably better) tablet being only $80 w/ 2-3 free art programs (and awesome free programs like gimp), this doesn't have a huge leg to stand on. Perhaps this could serve as a step for non-artist gamers?

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Eezyville Hes giving his opinion on it which is allowed

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Like many a toy it will be exciting for a few hours and then never touched again. Deep down we all know this to be the case.

zequex
zequex

I actually use a Wacom tablet and I think this is a great idea. Giving people to try their hand at digital painting without having to buy Photoshop or Painter or a $200-300 tablet. If they enjoy it and want to do it more professionally, they can get the professional models. otherwise it is a cool new game mechanic and (from the video) can also be used for high quality illustration! Where was this when I was a kid!?!? Oh yeah, and the tablet is wireless. :)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

When it goes on sale for Black Friday, I'll probably pick it up. My daughter will have fun with it, and I'll mess around a bit to see what I can do. For those that thinks it sucks, just wait a few months then look on youtube to see what some bored people have created with it. I've seen what some people have done with a modded DS and their pics look great.

jayd02
jayd02

now lets be honest. That was a pretty cool vid but how many people are going to actually do that??? thats what I thought, sounds like a good idea but it won't sell.

Eezyville
Eezyville

@ralphikari Dude shut up. If you don't like it then don't buy it. Don't go making generalized comments like you know what your talking about.

ralphikari
ralphikari

To whom does a graphics tablet for an SD video game console appeal??? Casauls draw with crayons and Magna Doodles while professionals draw with Adobe and Wacom. I just don't see a market for the device much like Mario Paint on the SNES.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

Although I don't see any advantage over a PC tablet, but it still seems pretty cool, It may make game designers come up with new concepts which can be good or bad. That guy that painted the rugged-Jesus-guy did an awesome job by the way.

nickito14
nickito14

the wii just keeps getting boringer and more stupid accessorys for it.

gohoanq
gohoanq

Hmm... I'd get it.. but I don't even have money for all the other games I seriously want.. so there's no way in hell I'd spend 70+ dollars on a tablet for the wii T.T still, does seem interesting

jnjreams76
jnjreams76

My family enjoys playing pictionary, so I can see this being really fun. Don't know if I can justify the costs, but it would be fun.

Flint247
Flint247

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vadicta
vadicta

To everyone complaining that people should just get a real drawing tablet, two words: Plastic Guitar 8)

Rovelius
Rovelius

A real graphic tablet is 100x more useful than this.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

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luffy11234
luffy11234

It has ben four years, make something without the need to put the remote in it.

lizzardman666
lizzardman666

If you really are in need of a tablet, just go buy a real one.

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

It's great and all that stuff... but is it any better than a standard pc tablet?

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

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Evenios
Evenios

ah the Wii might have some use after all do i sence a revival of Mario Paint Maybe?