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ThinkGeek ’ s iCade 8-Bitty wireless games controller is rather lovable, though restricted. It has a retro feel, generating nostalgia for Super Nintendo, and connects easily with both iOS and Android devices.
The games, however, are limited to different emulators like Atari ’ s Greatest Hits and Pac Guy. These are excellent games and attract almost anyone, but the retro controller supports exactly what you ’ d expect: old games, not brand-new ones.
- 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, two shoulder buttons, and D-pad
- Wireless Bluetooth connection
- Automatic power-save mode
- Retro design
- Compatible with iCade games on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android
- MSRP: $ 29.99
- Readily available: Now
- Item Web page
The iCade 8-bitty is …
… a wireless retro gaming controller built for old-school games on brand-new school devices. By combining the controller by means of Bluetooth with the iPad, iPhone or an Android device, individual could play games like Pac Man from the comfort of an NES style controller.
Naked truth be informed, there aren ’ t an entire great deal of suitable games for the 8-bitty. Designers can easily add support for the iCade, and some like Temple Run have and Pac Man. However, the biggest collection of compatible games is Atari ’ s Greatest Favorites, which in itself packs over 100 classic Atari games, but is only offered on iPad. All in all, there have to do with 38 suitable app titles.
If the game is not appropriate, it doesn ’ t play well at all. Still, for the rate I think this is an attractive, timeless gift for a whole range of individuals.
Get the 8-bitty for …
… Children and moms and dads, games enthusiasts and casual gamers.
Kids will have a good time with it playing the games their parents matured on, and moms and dads likely won ’ t have the ability to stand up to the throwback. Games enthusiasts will enjoy an additional accessory, however the 8-bitty still appeals to the casual iPad or Android gamer.
Yes, the games are restricted, but the ones that do exist appeal to virtually everyone. Who doesn ’ t like Pac Man? Pair that with this retro controller and a Retina iPad and you truly could ’ t go wrong.
… anybody who ’ s ever before took pleasure in a good game of Tetris or Pac Guy will think of this as a quite thoughtful gift. The controller is sturdy, really adorable, and is easy to pair. Just couple immediately after switching on, or hold the 2 start and pick keys in the center for 5 seconds.
The price is ideal and the games are enjoyable to nearly anybody.
Good news, everybody! The iCade Mobile, a Bluetooth case that slides around your iPhone, allowing you to play games using a trackpad and read buttons, is now shipping for $ 80. The iCade Core, an arcade joystick for the iPad, is also shipping. It costs $ 100.
Announced a few months ago, folks have been waiting breathlessly to play Megaworm with a trackpad. The devices should be available at ThinkGeek and you can check them out here. You can check out the Core here.
The joysticks support over 400 games, a marked improvement over the first iCade versions, and are presumably great for arcade-style shooters.
Bummed that you won’t be making it out to E3 this year? Well, at least you’ll be able to console yourself with your very own tiny iPad arcade. According to Ion, the iCade Core, the latest in the company’s line of nostalgia-inducing Bluetooth tablet controllers, will be shipping to UK customers in mid-June for ￡49.99 ($ 81) a pop. The iCade Mobile will be hitting right around the same time for the same price. Now you’ll finally be able to experience Pac-Man the way it was meant to played: on a tablet attached to an oversized joystick.
Yearning to relive the classics (Lunar Lander, anyone?) on your iPad, replete with that authentic arcade feel? It wasn’t long ago that we reviewed ThinkGeek and Ion’s formidable iCade, but at $ 100, it was — and still is — a pricey portion to stomach for an occasional retro gaming fix. Fast forward to the present, and Atari’s paired with Discovery Bay Games to create their own official spin on an iPad arcade adapter, fittingly dubbed the Arcade Duo-Powered Joystick. Unlike the iCade, it doesn’t use Bluetooth and requires no batteries — you simply dock your iPad into its 30-pin connector. The joypad is specifically made to work with Atari’s Greatest Hits app, and it’s set to land in early October for a slightly more wallet-friendly price of $ 60. We were able to slam its controls a bit while playing through various levels of Major Havoc and the like, and you’ll find our impressions after the break.
Gallery: Atari Arcade unboxing and hands-on
Guess what, emulation junkies? iMAME4All, a staple amongst retro iOS gamers, can now support iCade. Thanks to one Todd Laney, there’s now a 3.5MB download that’ll bring the joys of iCade to a relatively commonplace MAME application (and vice-versa). We’re told that the best way to use these two is in fullscreen portrait mode, and after tapping the option button (and selecting “Options), the onscreen controls will fade out and the iCade buttons will appear. Looks like that Benjamin you just saved up now has yet another reason to be spent.
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The iCade Arcade Cabinet began as an April Fool’s joke in 2010, but this golden unicorn of iPad accessories has actually made it to production, showing up at our door last week. iCade creator ThinkGeek partnered with Ion to make this former imaginary gadget a reality, and so far it appears to be a hit, backordered for weeks soon after hitting the online store in April. The $ 100 cabinet pairs with your iPad or iPad 2 over bluetooth, bringing familiar hardware arcade controls to the Atari’s Greatest Hits app, which includes classics like Missile Command (free), and Pong, which you can download from within the free Atari app for $ 1. The iCade is an awesome addition to your gaming collection, but it won’t replace the hours of coin-dropping at your local arcade. Read on to find out why this accessory may become a permanent fixture on our desk.
Gallery: Ion iCade
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Humans, they just love mixing the old with the new. To wit, the iCade gaming cabinet for the iPad, an April Fools’ joke that was just a fun idea this time last year, has gone and turned very real, replete with FCC certification and now a pre-order page. The Bluetooth-communicating iPad enclosure seems to have originally been on sale for immediate delivery, but ThinkGeek has burned through its first shipment of units faster than you can say “Atari’s Greatest Hits.” The second batch of $ 100 iCades is expected by May 20th at the very latest, although orders are being taken only from the US for now. The rest of the world needn’t despair, however — we hear building one of your own is a pleasurable and rewarding experience.
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Thinkgeek’s iCADE iPad Arcade cabinet has been on my want list for a while now. Announced as an April Fools joke, the iCADE is now real and it costs $ 99. It’s on back-order, sadly, or I’d have picked one up.
The cabinet interfaces with the iPad and offers full button and joystick control using a unique API. It is currently compatible with the recently-announced Atari classics package, a $ 14.99 game pack that includes 100 Atari games.
Games are big on the iPhone—the majority of apps on the App Store are games, and games are regularly among the top-selling paid and free apps. With the iPad, gaming on Apple’s mobile devices is poised to get even bigger (pardon the pun). But even with the touchscreen and accelerometer inputs, some games just need more traditional D-pad or joystick controls. The question is, why aren’t third-party accessories available to give us this control?
Apple itself may be getting into the gaming accessory business, if the details of a recently published patent application are any indication. A group of emulator enthusiasts has already started limited production of a similar accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. And, a fake gaming accessory from ThinkGeek has caused a major buzz on the Internet, enough that the company may be considering turning it into a real product.
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