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THQ Makes Us Think Mario Paint With New Wii Tablet Peripheral

The end is nigh!

Here's a hip treat for those of us who still fondly remember stroking a Mario Paint mouse: THQ's uDraw GameTablet. The just-announced Wii peripheral is an art tool, targeted to kids and adults who like to sketch or color. It's not a Mario Paint mouse by any stretch, but it's may be as close as we get this generation. 
 
According to a recent press release, the tablet will be supported a crop of specially designed THQ-published games. It also appears as if other developers can step in and use the device for their games if they desire, which definitely didn't happen with Mario's mouse.

The first software for the device, uDraw Studio, will be bundled with the tablet. There aren't any specifics on the title out there, but THQ CEO Brian Farrell said in a statement that it will focus, shockingly, on drawing. You'll be able to save those drawings with an SD card courtesy of an on-board slot.  
 
Two other games priced at a meager $30 will launch alongside the bundle this holiday season: Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure.
  

  
The uDraw GameTablet bundle will retail at $70 this holiday. The European release date is still up in the air: THQ is not willing to commit to anything more specific than 2011. But if it's support you're worrying about instead, rest a little easier. THQ has pledged that tablet titles are slated to come in "2011 and beyond." That, sadly, didn't happen with the Paint mouse, either.

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Posted by BradNicholson

Here's a hip treat for those of us who still fondly remember stroking a Mario Paint mouse: THQ's uDraw GameTablet. The just-announced Wii peripheral is an art tool, targeted to kids and adults who like to sketch or color. It's not a Mario Paint mouse by any stretch, but it's may be as close as we get this generation. 
 
According to a recent press release, the tablet will be supported a crop of specially designed THQ-published games. It also appears as if other developers can step in and use the device for their games if they desire, which definitely didn't happen with Mario's mouse.

The first software for the device, uDraw Studio, will be bundled with the tablet. There aren't any specifics on the title out there, but THQ CEO Brian Farrell said in a statement that it will focus, shockingly, on drawing. You'll be able to save those drawings with an SD card courtesy of an on-board slot.  
 
Two other games priced at a meager $30 will launch alongside the bundle this holiday season: Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure.
  

  
The uDraw GameTablet bundle will retail at $70 this holiday. The European release date is still up in the air: THQ is not willing to commit to anything more specific than 2011. But if it's support you're worrying about instead, rest a little easier. THQ has pledged that tablet titles are slated to come in "2011 and beyond." That, sadly, didn't happen with the Paint mouse, either.

Edited by xxizzypop

Mario Paint: Wii Edition needs to happen.

Edited by Regals

So close.

Posted by Ryax

cant i just use my normal tablet?

Posted by ChristianCastillo

This looks like a waste of money, I'll stick with my dsi

Posted by JeffGoldblum

More useless peripherals for Nintendo consoles!

Posted by Stubee

Its like paper! But waaaaaaaay more expensive!

Posted by Deadlegends

Oh god.

Posted by PilotXIan

Lovely artifacts in the audio of this video!

Posted by Scooper

If it's 1 thing the Wii needed more it was another peripheral. Yay!

Posted by Xeiphyer

You know, if there was a Mario Paint coming with this, i'd be totally stoked for it.
 
Also, Yay more peripherals! I hope those games have Wii Speak support!

Posted by thedj93

I woke up this morning thinking that the Wii needed more NWA.
Lo and behold, motherfuckers!

Posted by JonathanMoore

The best thing that is ever going to come out of this is that a NWA sample is in here.

Posted by Godwind

I might buy this.

Posted by patrick

Interesting.
I loved me some Mario Paint, that mouse peripheral was boss.

Posted by billysea

Why can't they make it for the DS instead?  Touch screen tablet is no longer a novelty as all handheld devices have one nowadays.

Posted by JoeyIA

Ugh, this makes me really miss 'Win Loose or Draw' for the NES.

Posted by Eden_Obscured

What a horrible song.

Posted by Hailinel
@billysea said:
" Why can't they make it for the DS instead?  Touch screen tablet is no longer a novelty as all handheld devices have one nowadays. "
Drawing on the DS touch screen versus using a pad to draw on a full-size TV?  I'll take the TV.
Posted by MisterMouse

man i am not feeling the song for that video...

Posted by HeghmohQib

spent hours playing the fly swatter game.  about 10 minutes actually making something somewhat creative.

Edited by toots

tobacco reference 
and
wacom tablet for retards  

Posted by LordXavierBritish

If it's only $70 then it must be a completely piece of shit. 
 
Even the cheapest ACTUAL tablets are somewhere in the range of $200 new, and those aren't exactly precise.

Posted by navyboy

I'll probably will never buy this but if I did it looks like people that are left handed like myself are out of luck. 

Posted by TotalEklypse

another plastic addon for the wii. i would have never guessed it was possible.

Posted by futrstyl

I could not be less interested in this.

Posted by futrstyl
@LordXavierBritish: Well, Wacom tablets that only accept pen input are only around $70 new, so this price point for a "toy" is actually kind of high.
Posted by ocdog45

crayons and paper do the same thing. this is where they cross the line IMO.

Posted by Deusoma

Oh wow, I totally forgot that when this announcement was posted, I went "oh hey, that's kinda cool, maybe some people will get some fun out of that." Seemed so harmless at the time, and now here we are and this stupid tablet's gone and cut the legs out from under THQ. What a shame. :(

Posted by CaptainCody

@Deusoma said:

Oh wow, I totally forgot that when this announcement was posted, I went "oh hey, that's kinda cool, maybe some people will get some fun out of that." Seemed so harmless at the time, and now here we are and this stupid tablet's gone and cut the legs out from under THQ. What a shame. :(

You bumped this and made me think Brad Nicholson was back, fuck you.