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!