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.