THQ Reveals uDraw GameTablet For Nintendo Wii

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A Wacom tablet...for the Wii?! That's pretty much right, actually. Ever since Nintendo's Wii was launched, not too many wild and zany peripherals have come out that didn't incorporate the Wii remote in some way. For the most part, the Wii remote was as wild as it gets, so there's not a lot of extra room to innovate beyond that without using it in some way (i.e. a golf club attachment). But now, THQ has figured out a new way of incorporating the Wiimote that actually builds on the Wii's functionality.


The uDraw GameTablet for Wii is now available in retailers across America, and it's definitely a first of its kind for the console. This basically allows gamers to use a tablet to draw and doodle, inputting information in a way that wasn't previously possible. Users can create original artwork, play Pictionary and even save their creations to an SD card to print and share later.


It's priced at $69.99 and is bundled with the uDraw Studio. It's also designed for use with Dood's Big Adventure  and Pictionary, both of which will be $29.99. It's expected to ship in Europe and other international territories beginning early next year, with more uDraw titles to follow shortly.


 Unleash the Artist Within: THQ’s Revolutionary uDraw GameTablet™  for Wii™ Now Available at Retailers Across North America

Wii Accessory Blends Family Fun and Artistic Expression in Ways Never Before Possible

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The living room turns into an art studio with the release of the uDraw GameTablet™ by global video game developer and publisher THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI). The uDraw GameTablet is a first-of-its-kind, innovative gaming accessory developed by THQ exclusively for Wii™ and is now available at retailers across North America.

    “The uDraw GameTablet is an amazing addition to the Wii and opens up its creative possibilities”

With the uDraw GameTablet, the television becomes a virtual canvas for everyone from doodlers to accomplished artists, letting them create original artwork, enjoy drawing-based games, such as Pictionary™ – and even save their artistic creations on an SD memory card to print and share via e-mail with family and friends.

Debuting at retailers in time for the holidays, the uDraw GameTablet has a suggested retail price of $69.99 and comes bundled with a feature-rich drawing, coloring and art-based video game, uDraw Studio™.

In addition, THQ is releasing two video games designed especially for use with the uDraw GameTablet. In the entirely new Dood’s Big Adventure™, gamers of all ages enjoy an exciting drawing-inspired side-scrolling adventure. And the uDraw GameTablet puts a new spin on the classic game of quick sketches and crazy guesses – Pictionary™, which comes to video game consoles for the first time in more than two decades.

Already, Pictionary™ for the uDraw GameTablet has been hailed by Parenting, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping as one of the best Wii games for kids and families. Both Dood’s Big Adventure and Pictionary™ have a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.

“We’re delighted to work closely with Nintendo on the uDraw GameTablet, which gives Wii owners a fantastic creative outlet this holiday season,” said THQ Chief Executive Officer Brian Farrell. “uDraw makes a perfect, affordable holiday gift that encourages artistic expression alongside great gaming experiences that are fun for the whole family.”

“The uDraw GameTablet is an amazing addition to the Wii and opens up its creative possibilities,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. “THQ has shown enormous innovation with uDraw, which is not only a perfect holiday gift, but we think will become a ‘must-have’ for Wii owners for a very long time.”

The uDraw GameTablet is expected to launch in Europe and other international territories beginning early next year. Additional uDraw™ video game titles are planned to release in 2011 and beyond. 
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That's is what they should have called the Wii in the first place....Wacom! :P

This will be fun for kids, and at the same time get them used to the future input devices. Finger painting is fine for moving menus around, but when you need more precision, the pen is the logical step.

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