THQ Wii uDraw GameTablet

Last updated date: July 15, 2019

DWYM Score
6.5

THQ Wii uDraw GameTablet

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the THQ THQ Wii uDraw GameTablet placed 8th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Wii Game for a detailed review of all the top wii games.

Expert Summarized Score
6.7
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
5.9
345 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Wide variety of painting and drawing tools. Can export drawings to SD card and out to a PC.
- CNET
March 7, 2011 | Full review
The one pure art package, uDraw Studio, is indeed, as Steve suggested, more powerful than it looks; and, while it requires a great amount of practice to perfect, even if you can face the time investment, the rewards are only moderate and by their nature – even with the SD card option to save them – fleeting.
- The Guardian
February 21, 2011 | Full review
Players can use the Wii remote, placed in a special bay on the left of the tablet to paint, airbrush, change colors, draw, customize canvas types, replay art creations plus archive and share creations. Finished works can be saved on the SD card in the Wii as JPEG or PNG graphic files.
- Gear Diary
January 30, 2011 | Full review
It's maybe a half-inch thicker than a standard Wii Remote, one of which gets slotted into the left. That's how the tablet connects to the console itself, and rather nicely doesn't require any batteries of its own. A short cable clips in the Nunchuck port, wedge the Wiimote in the slot, and you're good to go.
- Engadget
September 30, 2020 | Full review
The game also contains a mode called Pictionary Mania, which imposes more limitations and rules on what can and what can't be drawn, which definitely makes things a bit more interesting.
- Nintendo World Report
January 22, 2011 | Full review
The uDraw tablet's strengths are on full display with Pictionary, a great Wii adaptation of the board game.
- Wired
September 30, 2020 | Full review
The palette is a powerful tool, giving you a wide array of brush styles, colors, stamps, shapes, and post effects to apply to your work. The software tries to make it simple to select your options such as opacity, size, and so forth.
- Forever Geek
January 20, 2011 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Background music in uDraw Studio will quickly drive you insane Stylus is sometimes imprecise.
- CNET
March 7, 2011 | Full review
the uDraw offers various choices of line and shape tools, colours, line type and width. Chances are, however, you won't. With only 90 seconds to guess, and a tablet that takes some getting used to in terms of pressure, these extra options generally just slow you down.
- The Guardian
February 21, 2011 | Full review
The pen has a pressure sensitive tip and a long button along the side. The pen cord is attached from the middle and can rest in the circular inkwell holder on the top right. This setup can be a disadvantage for left-handed artists, but the pen can rest anywhere loosely or in the special open notch underneath. It can be hard for younger kids to push down on the controller pen.
- Gear Diary
January 30, 2011 | Full review
There's no hole on the top of the tablet to let the Wii Remote's IR sensor peer through. Since you can't use the uDraw outside of supported games you'll need to pop the Remote out, interact with any system menus, then pop it back in again.
- Engadget
September 30, 2020 | Full review
Software roster is lacking
- Nintendo World Report
January 22, 2011 | Full review
Without more games to truly take advantage of its capabilities, the uDraw GameTablet could turn into a pricy one-trick pony.
- Wired
September 30, 2020 | Full review
My main issue with the tablet was an inability to make the tip of the stylus go where I wanted it to go. Whether this was a design flaw in the device or some deficiency of my own,
- Forever Geek
January 20, 2011 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Discover your inner artist with the uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio. The simple and intuitive uDraw GameTablet make it easy to draw and paint your own masterpieces and share them with your friends and family. From simple doodles or intricate masterpieces, you can learn to draw, paint, and color simple shapes with some of the basic tools; and experiment with painting styles, layers, and shading to expand your artistic experience. The uDraw GameTablet is a new way for players of all ages to interact with each other and their Wiis as they explore their creative sides. A wireless tablet with a tethered stylus and a 6" x 4" drawing area, the uDraw GameTablet integrates the Wii Remote into its design, taking advantage of the controller's motion control capabilities and button scheme, as well as drawing power from it. Bundled with the drawing game uDraw Studio, players can explore a slew of drawing, coloring and sketching modes which accommodate various levels of artistic ability and then save and share their work with others. Developed by THQ, the uDraw GameTablet will also be supported by a series of upcoming games, including Pictionary, in which it serves as the drawing pad and the platformer Dood's Big Adventure, which allows for on-the-fly customization of the game environment and hero.

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An Overview On Wii Games

The Nintendo Wii is, both literally and figuratively, a game-changing console. The system brought an unprecedented level of physicality to mass-market video games, and it modernized smash-hit Nintendo franchises like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.” The only hard part about owning a Wii is choosing which game you’ll play over the weekend. 

Every video game is shaped by its platform, and Nintendo’s best Wii games all capitalize on the console’s motion technology and groundbreaking controllers. Each player uses a wireless Wii Remote (or “Wiimote”), which communicates with your screen using gesture recognition. Translation: You control the onscreen action with a flip of your wrist.  

The best Wii games take advantage of the system’s controls in ways that feel natural. “Mario Kart for Wii” is a great example: Instead of hitting a button to make a sharp turn, you can attach a steering wheel for a more on-the-track experience.  

“Mario Kart for Wii” is one of the console’s most popular titles. It has a massive character roster to choose from, and the 32 unique tracks (with 16 tracks just for the Wii) keeps players guessing at every turn. The Grand Prix, Versus and Time Trial modes are perfect for single players or groups. Battle mode pits drivers against each other in a virtual demolition derby.

The “New Super Mario Bros.” is loaded with fresh power-ups. You can slide over long stretches of icy terrain with the Penguin Suit, reach new heights with the Propellor Mushroom and freeze Koopas with the Ice Flower. 

For the first time in Mario history, up to four characters can play on the screen at once. You’ll blaze through all eight worlds much faster with Luigi and Toad helping you out, then go up against Bowser to save the Princess with time to spare. 

“Mario Party” also still ranks as one of the best multiplayer games in Nintendo’s history. Players choose a character, then take turns rolling digital dice to move around the board. When they land on a space, they might have to play a minigame or challenge other players. The winner earns stars, and whoever has the most stars at the end of the game wins.   

The Wii’s “Mario Party 9” was a fun addition to the series, but it was met with some raised eyebrows. The unforgettable main Party Mode screen got a huge facelift: Instead of players moving around the board like analog game pieces, “Mario Party 9” had them all ride together in one cartoon car. 

Some players like the change of pace, while others feel that the switch up took away from the game’s competitive feel. Regardless, “Mario Party 9” has the minigames and multiplayer madness of its predecessors. 

The first “Super Mario Galaxy” game was a smash hit for the Wii, so Nintendo expanded the game’s story for a sequel. Mario floats from planet to planet in this 360-degree universe, knocking down Koopa Troopas and kicking Goombas into the stratosphere. The standard “Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach” storyline is intact, but this time Bowser is the size of a planet — and it’s up to you to knock him down a peg. Fans love its stunning graphics, nostalgic N64 levels and the return of Yoshi. 

Now that you’ve read our rundown of the Nintendo Wii’s smash hit titles, check out our Tips & Tricks to get the most out of your games. 

DWYM Fun Fact

The Wii remote was unlike any controller Nintendo had ever created. The wireless, motion-sensor technology created a phenomenal gaming experience. Despite the high-end tech inside the Wiimote, there was one thing that Nintendo couldn’t seem to get right: the wrist safety strap. 

The first Wiimotes were shipped out with a loose cable that hung around your wrist to stop your remote from flying out of your hand. Plot twist: It didn’t work very well. The strap was downright dangerous if it failed during a rousing round of golf or bowling. Customers started complaining, saying the Wiimote was flying out of their hands and cracking their TVs or injuring their fellow players. One woman even brought a class action suit against Nintendo, saying that the Wiimote’s faulty strap damaged her 52” TV after flying out of her son’s hand. 

Nintendo quickly released a second strap that had a plastic slider for a more secure fit, but the problems continued — strike two. Nintendo’s third version of the wrist strap had a locking slider, which resolved the issue and let fans get back to their favorite Wii games.

The Wii Game Buying Guide

  • Before you buy your game, check and see if your it requires any extra Wii accessories. You don’t have to buy the steering wheel accessory for “Mario Kart,” but it makes the game a lot more fun. 
  • Make sure you have enough Wiimotes for friends to come over and join the multiplayer fun. “Mario Party 9” and “Mario Kart” can liven up any get together. You also might want to buy a silicone cover for each Wiimote to protect it from drops. 
  • Find out how old your players will be before you select a game. Our top four picks have content that’s appropriate for all ages, but very young children might get frustrated by fast-paced games like “Mario Kart for Wii”. A slower-paced game, like “Mario Party 9,” will cause less frustration.
  • The Wii comes bundled with a second controller called the Nunchuk. It connects to the Wiimote via a small cable, and its joystick and trigger buttons will help your characters move more precisely. If you buy extra Wiimotes for multiplayer blowouts, you might need to buy Nunchuks.
  • Always loop the strap at the bottom of the Wiimote around your wrist before playing. Make sure it’s securely fastened with a close fit by shortening the strap with its plastic slider. The Wiimote can fly out of your hand if you forget to tighten the strap, putting you at risk for broken windows and damaged controllers.
  • The Wii’s motion-sensor controls make it downright addictive, but make sure you stop and take breaks during long gaming sessions. The repetitive motions can irritate tendons in your wrist, and learning to play with your opposite hand is more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Storing your Wii games in their cases instead of placing them on the TV or a table will prevent scratches that damage your game. You can also wipe down your Wii games with a clean, damp cotton cloth. Make sure you use straight strokes and wipe from the inner rim to the outer rim.