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.


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.
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.

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