Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Are Wii Owners Artistic? uDraw Studio's Debut Game-Play Hours

Coffee Beans:
     The uDraw Studio - Game and Tablet bundle was released on November 14, 2010 in North America with a MSRP of $69.99.  The uDraw GameTablet was developed by THQ, while the software, uDraw Studio, was developed by Pipeworks Software.

     The description for uDraw Studio reads, "Discover your inner artist with uDraw Studio.  Utilizing the uDraw GameTablet, players can finally express their own individual artistic creativity on Wii."
     The ESRB rating for uDraw Studio is "E for Everyone", and there isn't any "Content" listed for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent drawing with the uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio, in the 72 days reported?  Let's take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     uDraw Studio has 20,375 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Wii's Nintendo Channel, for its "hours" debut.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     uDraw Studio has 54,723 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average drawing/play-time of 2 Hours 41 Minutes "Per person" reporting data.
     uDraw Studio's average play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 5 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     The uDraw Studio - Game and Tablet bundle's Amazon.com sale rank is #97, and it is currently selling for $60.71.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 4:15PM, on 1-25-11)

Review Score Averages:
     uDraw Studio's "professional" review score average is 60%, based on just 1 review on GameRankings.com.

     uDraw Studio has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 74 customer reviews.
     uDraw Studio's customer review score average is 77.29%, when converted to a 100% review scale.
     You can see the customers review scores in the image below:
     (Review score averages recorded around 4:15PM, on 1-25-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I don't own and I haven't played with the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet, but I like the idea behind it.  With uDraw Studio being on the TV and also being a wireless tablet, I think it is a great option for parents to let their kids draw and save their drawings as digital files, and the parents don't have to worry with the crayons/markers.
     If you haven't seen what the uDraw Studio Game and Table bundle is about, here's a trailer that presents the idea behind it, and an image that shows the GameTablet upclose with a few descriptions on it:

Image courtesy of WorldofuDraw.com

     THQ is expecting the tablet to be a big seller, and many stores sold-out of the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle during the holidays.
     In addition to the uDraw Studio software bundled with the GameTablet, there are currently two more games available that use the GameTablet, Dood's Big Adventure - uDraw and Pictionary - uDraw.

     As for the game-play hours reported, the one thing I'm most surprised about the uDraw Studio bundle is how quickly its hours debuted.
     You may be thinking, "It took 72 days, is that really fast for a game?"  Well, it's definitely not as fast as some other Wii games...but the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle debuted faster than Rock Band 3's game-play hours did.
     Rock Band 3 took 77 days from its release for game-play hours to debut, while the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet took just 72 days.
     Why compare/mention it to Rock Band 3's debut data?  Because both Rock Band 3 and the uDraw Studio are peripheral based "games", except Rock Band 3 is an established franchise, while the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet was a brand new idea for the Wii.
     I really did think that uDraw Studio would take longer than an already established franchise, like Rock Band 3, to debut.

     So, does this data show that some Wii owners are artistic?  Well, I do think the data is encouraging to see 20,000+ Wii consoles reporting a little more than 2 hours of time, attempting to draw/paint things with the program.
     If you want to see some of the drawings that have been done with uDraw Studio, check out this gallery, http://www.worldofudraw.com/art-spotlight.

     As for my interest in the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle, being that Mrs. Coffee and I have a little coffee bean, our son, and he enjoys scribbling on a doodle pad, I'm kind of interested in it now, for him.

     Have any of you played with the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle?  If so, what do you think about it?  Is this software and tablet helping you to become the next Picasso?
     Also, have any of you played the other two games that are compatible with the GameTablet?

If anybody is interested in the uDraw Studio Game and Tablet bundle, or the two additional games that are compatible with it; you can see prices for them on Amazon.com linked below:


  1. Two words. Mario Paint.
    Billions of copy would be sold.

  2. LOL - I think you're right, Brad.

    I haven't had a chance to play this, but have seen some of the advertisement run. Interesting results from my kids when I asked them about it. My oldest loves to draw in her spare time, but doesn't play very many video games. She said 'cool' but didn't show much interest - she's 14.

    my youngest seemed super excited, and is 9. She asked for it right away.

    My son, who as 12, just sort of shrugged and actually said it looked kind of lame. I don't really plan to buy one, but I thought the diverse response it generated in my kids was interesting.

  3. @Brad Jerger(The Butcher):
    I'm surprised Nintendo hasn't already done that...perhaps it will be a surprise title this year, or even maybe for their next console?

    I remember reading how THQ said that Nintendo was really supportive of the GameTablet, and helped I believe with feedback/ideas for it.

    When I was reading some of the customer reviews for this post, I do remember one where a grandparent(I believe) menioned the grandkids between about the ages of 7 to 10 really enjoyed using it...

    I also remember reading a parent asking about a 4 year old, and I think somebody said it would be a good starting age for practice...

    Thank you both for the comments/feedback!


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