THQ's uDraw may be the Wii's answer to Move and Kinect

The Xbox 360 got Kinect, the PS3 got Move, and the Wii gets... the uDraw tablet? Unlike Microsoft and Sony's offerings, uDraw comes from a third-party company. A struggling one. But it may be working.

The Wii may face a tough year ahead, as motion controlling is no longer exclusive to it. Game franchises that were previously Wii exclusives are now heading to Kinect and Move, and Nintendo's novelty is wearing off.

However, THQ's new gadget lets players interact with Wii games in a whole new way - by drawing. The controller comes with a stylus pen, allowing players to engage in digital painting programs, compete in rounds of Pictionary, and explore more traditional games in another non-traditional way.

It costs $70, and expensive peripherals are pretty risky, but it seems to be paying off for THQ - the publisher's stock price has jumped by more than 8% after the introduction of uDraw.

The device hit at the right time - it's getting lumped in with the Move and Kinect hysteria, although to a smaller extent. According to employees at the Toys R Us in Times Square, the uDraw is "fairly popular," and it has risen to 7th place in Amazon's videogame category. Not bad for a third-party product, yeah?

[Source: Reuters]

Nov 24, 2010




  • Zepaw - December 6, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    I love the ridiculous family photo on the cover.
  • NESman - November 26, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    Someone out there with some programming experience could make a tablet interface for a PC. Not really cheaper than other tablets I suppose but the Wii tablet may offer more creative functionality.
  • EnigmaSpirit - November 25, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    This thing looks like pure shit.
  • DreamWeaverPL - November 25, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Wow. A tablet. Something that has been used in PCs and standalone for 30 to 120+ years, depending on what you define as a tablet. WAAAY TO GOOO. And now you're all going to cum all over it.
  • NinjaPopsicle - November 25, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    No, wait, after re-reading, seems like it can work with other games too. That said, c'mon, Nintendo, capitalize on this with a new Mario Paint or something.
  • NinjaPopsicle - November 25, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    So... it's kind of like a next-gen Mario Paint, only without Mario... and current-gen?
  • Haikufrenzy - November 25, 2010 5:59 a.m.

    What makes this work to me is that it's a simple concept that if companies are willing to work on, can produce something fun and unique. If nothing else we may finally get the "Photoshop Hero" that Penny Arcade's Gabe wants so damn badly.
  • Jackelsburg - November 25, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    i remember destorm making a song while using this
  • shnazzyone - November 25, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    Hmmm, it seems that thq fell upon a rather insightful idea. Make something that appeals to toddlers for the wii. It is true a massive lump of wiis ownership base are families with small children. Plus 70 bucks wont even get you a full setup with the move controller. It seems probably motion control on the other systems will suffer from the niche within a niche syndrome. Making them totally irrelevant the moment 3ds hit's the scene.
  • Nap1400 - November 25, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    So this is like that thing they use on the SmartBoards at school? If the price is reasonable, it might be worth it. Besides, having to draw a track for a train on Kirby's Epic Yarn can be annoying if you don't have a steady hand. This could help for that.
  • yasmarc - November 24, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    If this could double as a Wacom for your computer it would be pretty cool. Obviously it's missing all the buttons that make the tablets useful but it would be worth it to people just starting and wanting something for the kids too.
  • Mr.Bizzle - November 24, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    My arse

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