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Get Your Draw On With Xbox 360 And PS3

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No, it's not the pre-emptive knockoff of the yet-unreleased (or unannounced, for that matter) Apple iDraw; it's the uDraw: A digital writing tablet that lets the whimsy of your litte boy heart roam free your television screen with but a few simple strokes of your plastic wand. Developed by THQ, the tablet -- one which will be a familiar sight to those that have worked in consumer electronics -- currently comes bundled with uDraw Studio on the Wii, a relatively simple program for the art-minded console user. Games are scare thus far -- Spongebob Squarepants, Pictionary Dood's Big Adventure, and the upcoming Kung Fu Panda 2 comprise the modest line-up -- though THQ will be releasing new titles during 2012.

The Wii version currently sells for just under $70 on Walmart's website which, while seemingly expensive given its applications in console gaming, is a fairly reasonable price compared to computer-oriented writing tablets. It has currently sold roughly 1.7 million units, according to Gamasutra, handily exceeding THQ's prediction of one million by the close of the fiscal year, while also noting that, according to a THQ conference call, the newer uDraw models will be "slimmer, sleeker, and designed with the HD customer in mind."

While the wisdom of 360 and PS3 support seem a bit suspect, given the Wii's perhaps ill-earned reputation of being a more "casual" system than its more strapping counterparts, Nintendo's competitors have shown a willingness to step outside of their "hardcore gamer" demographic in the interest of winning over a broader range of consumers. Microsoft and Sony's respective motion controllers demonstrate the competitiveness with which they face Nintendo, so it's not altogether surprising that they would seek to follow suit with Nintendo.

What do you think, gamers? Is the uDraw fun, frivolity, or a mixture of the twain? Sound off in the comments section!

5 Comments

Pauwow said:

Actually the device seems pretty well done but I learned my lecture with peripherals, I'm just never get my money worth it. I always get tired of them if a few hours. With the same money I can buy so much stuff in Live/PSN/Nintendo Store...

Shin Gallon said:

I wondered when they'd get around to an updated version of Mario Paint.
All kidding aside, it seems like it'd be a neat thing to get the artistically inclined child in your life, something not terribly expensive that would help them have an outlet for their creativity. I'd probably pass on it myself, but mostly because I have a Wacom and Photoshop, and am saving for a Cintiq right now.
Still, it's a pretty neat idea and I like the thought of someone out there getting to experiment with their artistic side because of it.

Chris said:

I can't imagine people rushing out to buy another Wii peripheral.

Aside from that, someone who has an iPad gets a better experience without reverting to a stylus (so 90's!) and dropping $50-$60 extra bucks (as opposed to $.99 in a lot of cases) for this and a compatible game.

benwa said:

well, coming from a graphic design background, I can say these have existed for more than ten years. Someone just adapted these to work on these systems. the huge price is therefore not worth it. it's not like they spent alot of time in R&D and since most designers rejected them I dont see such a product going anywhere. Really it's like contour drawing on the computer while looking sideways in a mirror. IMO get it on your itouch for 99cent like Shin says

Shin Gallon said:

@ Chris: No graphic designer in their right mind is going to completely give up a styles/Wacom tablet or Cintiq. The iPad is many things, but a replacement for a drawing tablet is not one of them.

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