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    Draw tablet for Wii

    Could this new peripheral provide the jolt the Wii needs to compete with Microsoft and Sony's new additions to their gaming platforms? In Nintendo tradition, it's certainly different and definitely innovative--and it's far more compelling than I had expected it to be.

    Following yesterday's product announcement of the THQ uDraw GameTablet for Wii ($69.99, out in time for the holidays), the company hosted a press preview at the Nintendo World store in New York City's Rockefeller Center. There was blessedly little speech-making; mainly we were let loose among numerous stations set up with Wiis and uDraws to try our hands at the new peripheral.

    I tried the tablet with the bundled uDraw Studio software (two game titles, PIctionary and Dood's Big Adventure, $29.99 each, will also be on store shelves at holiday time). Using the uDraw was like using a simpler wireless Wacom tablet; the Wii Remote docks in the tablet to provide connectivity. The 4- by 6-inch drawing surface provided plenty of room to draw. Getting started and figuring out the various controls was fairly simple (and then I found the tutorials, of course). Not so easy was controlling what I was drawing; it'll take some practice for me and I suspect for most people. But the possibilities are a bit mind-blowing! (More after the jump.)

    The software comes with "coloring book" templates that you can fill in--but even better, you can draw freehand pictures on blank virtual canvases with a dizzying range of brush types, opacities, colors, and textured drawing surfaces. A trigger button on the back of the uDraw lets you instantly switch between options and your drawing. After a little experimentation, I was able to do a fair simulation of watercolor painting. (You can save and print out your work.)

    But whatever I did was child's play compared with the two artists THQ brought in to demo the tablet. Jason Pyke, a cartoonist (and one of the developers of the tablet) quickly and effortlessly sketched pirates and aliens And artist David Kassan worked on an incredibly sophisticated and subtle portrait. Check out the videos below to see what is possible with this new tool. More images below, as well.

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    the question is will u need to update to 4.3 to play it?? what cios will u need etc.
    here's another thought for homebrew a ds emulator for the wii??
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    This has been out for months so kind of an odd bump.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiicripter View Post
    the question is will u need to update to 4.3 to play it??

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiicripter View Post
    what cios will u need etc.
    I don't which IOS it uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiicripter View Post
    here's another thought for homebrew a ds emulator for the wii??
    A bit behind on homebrew and emulation on the Wii? There already is one...DeSmuME Wii. I doesn't work all that well and doesn't use the uDraw tablet though.
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    Let's make it simple: this is a news/announcement section, not discussion section. Anyone who thinks they "must update to 4.3" to play this obviously hasn't followed a wiihacks softmod guide - thread closed.


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