Every console eventually gets ridiculous peripherals. They’re the accessories that might sound interesting or look cool initially, but flop. They could be poorly executed. They may not get enough support from companies. They might just be ridiculous.
Nintendo’s systems seem to attract them the most. The NES had R.O.B., the Power Glove and the Power Pad. For some reason, Nintendo thought the Game Boy needed the Game Boy Camera and Printer. Even the DS had the rather pointless DS Rumble Pak. Plus, we can’t forget Wii Speak, Nintendo’s microphone peripheral released in 2008 that’s compatible with a whopping 12 games.
Now, there’s the uDraw GameTablet for the Wii, which was released in November 2010. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, as it’s been in sale ads throughout 2011, usually discounted and often part of a “buy the peripheral, get a game free” promotion. It’s supposedly doing really well for THQ and is intriguing in theory, there are only four games out there that use it – uDraw Studio, uDraw Pictionary, uDraw Dood’s Big Adventure and uDraw Spongebob Squigglepants. That’s right, it’s been six months and there are still only four games out there that work with this device.
Games are always a peripheral’s saving grace, which is why Gamertell’s come up with a few suggestions. You know, ideas for incredibly awesome games that could make the uDraw Tablet cool. Granted, we’ll never actually see any of them since THQ seems content to rely on casual games, but still. We can dream!
- uDraw of the Dead: How cool would this be? Imagine drawing images on the screen to decimate a hoard of zombies! I’d buy it. I’d even buy uDraw just so I could experience it. Sega’s Typing of the Dead and English of the Dead are cult classics, and a uDraw game in the series would probably do just as well. A prompt could come up on the screen when a zombie appears. Maybe the word rabbit. Then, when the player draws a bunny using the tablet, the zombie keels over and dies. Again.
- Magic Pengel Wii: Who here remembers Magic Pengel? Show of hands! Ok, fine, so no one else does. It was a PS2 RPG that was somewhat similar to Pokemon. Players wielded a Pengel, which would allow them to draw Doodles. Doodles are the pokemon in this case, as the creatures you draw can be used to enter arena tournaments to win money. It wasn’t a hugely popular game, but it did inspire a sequel (Graffiti Kingdom) and would work really well with uDraw.
- Mario Paint Wii: Yes, I know that the uDraw GameTablet already comes with a paint program called uDraw Studio, but it doesn’t matter. uDraw Studio isn’t Mario Paint. Even though the Mario Paint SNES game had no way to export your work, it was still awesome and anyone who owned an SNES and that particular game has at least a few fond memories of it. A version for the Wii would be epic – especially since the pictures, maybe even the songs, could be saved to an SD card.
- Scribblenauts Wii: Here’s yet another dream game. Scribblenauts is great on the DS, so one could only imagine how well it would work if were paired with the uDraw GameTablet and released on the Wii. You could see Maxwell and his creations on the big screen, presumably with better graphics, more puzzles and perhaps an even larger dictionary of available terms. It would be glorious!
- Tic-Tac-Toe Extreme RPG: If Puzzle Quest can work and make a match 3-RPG hybrid a success, then its worth a shot trying the same thing with Tic-Tac-Toe. I’m thinking of a game with a super serious setting and storyline, where for some reason the only acceptable way to battle is to get out pens and play Tic-Tac-Toe. I don’t know, maybe there’s a king who takes that whole “Pen is mighter than the sword” thing a little too seriously. Bonus points if every character in the game realizes how ridiculous it is to settle matters with Tic-Tac-Toe duels.
Oh, what could have been. I guess anyone who actually does pick up uDraw will just have to content themselves with uDraw Pictionary.
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