Gaming powerhouse THQ is poised to claim an untapped niche of the Wii peripheral market with the uDraw, coming in late 2010.
The device is a “small white handheld tablet with a 4” by 6” drawing spacing and detachable, pressure-sensitive stylus designed to offer more subtle control and precision than available on the traditional Wii Remote™”, according to the official press release.
In essence? It’s Mario Paint for a new generation.
Anyone remember that old gem? It came with a hard plastic mouse pad and a halfway decent mouse and let budding artists create everything from pretty pictures to musical compositions. Oh, and it let you play a “fly swatter” game which was pretty much fantastic.
It’s surprising that Nintendo itself hasn’t come out with such a device, but THQ has a reputation for making decent games and peripherals at an equally decent price. The plan is to release the thing right around – you guessed it – Christmas, for a price of $69.99USD.
The uDraw looks pretty slick and fits right in with the rest of the Wii cadre, and is slated to come with a “uDraw Studio” game (we call it “Mario Paint 2.0”), with plenty more games with uDraw support to follow.
This: Is a Unicorn. Seriously.
While THQ claims that they can sell over 1 million of these even without an advertising blitz, the proof will be in the green, dollar-bill colored pudding that customers are willing to shell out for the thing. The Wii itself and the Balance Board were huge hits, resulting in massive lineups and a barren wasteland, devoid of any supply of either device.
THQ is clearly hoping for a similar result, but there’s no guarantee that they have the same magic touch as Nintendo themselves.
We’ll let time tell the tale - we wouldn’t want to paint them all with the same brush.
Source: Playswitch via Worldofudraw