iCade 8-Bitty Bluetooth Controller Makes iOS and Android Feel More Retro


You know you were thinking it.

That iCade April Fool’s joke keeps on getting less funny and more useful. Now that the iCade is actually a reality, ThinkGeek has revealed that they will be releasing a retro Bluetooth controller that works with iCade interface later this year. The iCade 8-Bitty controller has a classic NES style D-pad along, 4 face buttons, 2 shoulder buttons, as well as start and select buttons to along with a classic wooden Atari design. The 8-Bitty will work iCade supported games on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

There’s nothing that frustrates me more as a mobile gamer than bad touchscreen controls. While a few standout games have made the controls work to their benefit, most either do not work or cover up too much of the gameplay. The 8-Bitty seeks to solve this keeping making your smart device hands free for gaming.

The 8-Bitty will be available later this year for $24.99 and it makes its debut at the 2012 Toy Fair in New York City this week.


Ars Technica
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