New Inexpensive Solution For iOS Retro Gamers – iCade 8-Bitty

ThinkGeek now has a new item in their store which will fit right into those hands of the retro gamers.  The new 8-Bitty is a wireless hand controller which has Nintendo Entertainment System style D-Pad controls and multiple buttons for those games requiring more than the usual A or B button.  The item was announced yesterday and is already out of stock with no ETA on new stock being delivered.

Some of the fesatures of the 8-Bitty include:

  • Classic retro-styled game controller fits in your pocket and works with iPhone & iPad
  • 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons… plus the D-Pad for movement
  • Wireless connection with auto power save mode
  • Mini version of larger size iCade cabinet invented and designed by ThinkGeek
  • Fully compatible with all iCade games
  • Completely open development platform. App developers can add support for iCade with no permission needed from Apple or ThinkGeek. (See links for code examples below).
  • “Atari Greatest Hits” iPad App ready to go with the iCADE, including support for over 100 classic Atari games.
  • Atari App comes with Missile Command for free, other games available for in-app purchase. 3-game packs are $1. All 100 games are $14.99
  • Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Android support for most tablets and smartphones.
  • NOTE: Atari Greatest Hits only runs on iPad, not on iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)

The price is $24.99 making it a good option for those folks who like the iCade but don’t like the idea of having the iPad inside of a box in order to play the games.   You can find out more about the 8-Bitty at the ThinkGeek website at:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/retro-gaming/ecea/#tabs

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