We still want to see that Frankenstein prototype

THQ's uDraw Studio created quite a buzz at Gamescom, but had Nintendo not stepped in the reaction could have been quite different.

Director Luis Gigliotti of THQ spoke to Joystiq about how the original board earned the nickname "Frankenstein" among the team before Nintendo got involved:

[The prototype] was a like bunch of lasers and mirrors and loose parts, it was wood and it had brass on it.

Realising the tablet would be far too costly to manufacture, THQ reached out to Nintendo for assistance, and the Big N used its design and manufacturing expertise to bring the current tablet to light. Nintendo was so keen on the idea it also lifted its normally strict rules on allowing games to save directly to SD card, making uDraw Studio one of the few third-party titles to support the feature.