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Ubisoft Reveals Its Drawsome Wii Graphics Tablet

Posted by James Newton

A work of art?

After the success of THQ's uDraw, Ubisoft's the next company to muscle in on some of the Wii touch screen tablet action with its own peripheral Drawsome.

The tablet — set for release exclusively in the United States on 6th December — boasts a 6.5" x 5" screen, slightly larger than the Wii U's 6.2" surface. Drawsome also features a transparency layer, letting you trace pictures, and includes a wireless stylus too.

Of course it's no good without software, and Ubisoft is throwing in Drawsome Artist and Drawsome Sketch Quest, an art package and adventure game respectively. The latter even offers multiplayer, where one player uses the tablet and three use Wii Remotes: sound familiar?

Here's the first trailer. What do you make of it?

UBISOFT® INTRODUCES DRAWSOME TABLET

New Drawing Peripheral for Nintendo’s Wii™ System Bundled with Two Games

SAN FRANCISCO — November 8, 2011 — Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of the DrawsomeTM Tablet, a new drawing peripheral for the Wii™. Set to release exclusively in the United States on December 6, 2011, the video game tablet allows the entire family to show off their artistic creativity through an intuitive and engaging device. The Drawsome Tablet comes with two games, DrawsomeTM Artist and Drawsome Sketch QuestTM. Both games encourage players to unleash their creativity as well as challenge players to embark on fun family-friendly gaming adventures.

“Ubisoft is always looking for new ways to marry quality family time with a quality gaming experience,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft North America. “With the Drawsome Tablet, Ubisoft is bringing to the market a peripheral that will allow families to sit down together and create their own unique works of art while participating in fun, creative adventures.”

The Drawsome Tablet features a large 6.5x5-inch screen that allows for unrestricted drawing movements and features an innovative transparency layer that covers the drawing area, so players can trace their favorite images. The tablet comes with a wireless stylus which means players movements will not be limited by a tether; the size, shape, and feel of the pen also allows for a user-friendly experience for children. Everything drawn on the tablet will be displayed in real time on a home television. Using an SD card, users will be able to easily share their masterpieces with friends and family.

In Drawsome Artist, players can draw, paint and color by sketching on their own or learning advanced art techniques step by step. They even can interact with their favorite characters from The Smurfs, the world renowned animated brand, and learn how to draw and color them thanks to a huge gallery of predefined models. Also included is Drawsome Sketch Quest, in which players embark on an adventure to help a variety of cute animals race through their world by drawing bridges, trampolines and more. With 40 characters and 80 levels there is never a dull moment in either solo play or family-friendly four person co-op.

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User Comments (18)

DarkEdi

#1

DarkEdi said:

Will it be compatible with the THQ games? If it is like a pointer, can we play other games like Airport mania or similar wiiware games? If it has this kind of compatibility then is a winner and a must-have (imagine play wiiware Flight Control with this).

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

I'm confused. We already had Udraw for a system that didn't need it - point and write on the tv in Max and the Magic Marker - which has very little game support, and now Ubisoft is fragmenting the market further w/ another unnecessary accessory which historically never sell well anyway?
And it comes out in less than a month but isn't listed on Amazon, and can barely be found via Google, though I did find a non-profit DRAWsome Facebook site and somebody named Drawsome on Flickr.
Maybe they should have named it Qwikster.

brandonbwii

#3

brandonbwii said:

I actually liked Dood's Big Adventure for uDraw, so I might like Drawsome Sketch Quest even more.

@2
But the point is uDraw DID sell well.

bauckster

#4

bauckster said:

I'm dubious, to say the least. The mere inclusion of Smurfs makes the skin crawl...

brandonbwii

#5

brandonbwii said:

I'm a bit worried as it's from Ubisoft. They're name hasn't exactly been synonomous with quality, especially they're "casual" stuff.

James

#6

James said:

@rjejr The reason it's not on those places is because Ubisoft just revealed it about an hour ago :)

LordTendoboy

#10

LordTendoboy said:

Horrible name.

I thought THQ wanted to get third-party support for the uDraw? I guess Ubisoft wasn't interested...

citizenerased

#12

citizenerased said:

Oh wow, Ubisoft taking a less innovative turn to go where the cash is. Who could've seen that one coming. (I ended it with a dot rather than a question mark because it's a rhetorical quesiton.)

Bankai

#13

Bankai said:

If this tablet and art package gets rid of the stupid watermark that THQ stuck on its version, then this one might be worth getting.

@1 - "Imagine play WiiWare Flight Conrol on this"

Why imagine? You can do it even better than what you're suggesting on, you know, the iPad.

millarrp

#14

millarrp said:

I just hope that the games will be compatable with both the uDraw and the Drawsome....it would suck to have to buy a 2nd tablet style accessory just for a couple games

ThreadShadow

#15

ThreadShadow said:

Wow! That attractive family is having lots of attractive fun with those attractive games...er except for those ugly little blue trolls.

eviLaTtenDant

#18

eviLaTtenDant said:

When Ninty told us about the WiiU my small interest in these accessories for the Wii completely vanished. Imo there are not enough games worth getting for it so it would only collect dust in no time.

Edit: Cool name though.

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