iCade 8-Bitty: An analog controller for your smartphone and tablet games

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iCade 8-Bitty: An analog controller for your smartphone and tablet games

The iCADE 8-Bitty controller will work with most Android and iOS devices.

(Credit:
ThinkGeek)

Remember the iCade? It’s the iPad gaming cabinet that started out as an April Fool’s joke, but then evolved into a real product.

Neat, but at $99.99, it’s not exactly an impulse buy–and it leaves Android, iPhone , and iPod Touch gamers out of the fun.

Enter ThinkGeek’s latest retro-gaming accessorry, the iCade 8-Bitty. It’s a handheld analog controller that closely resembles the old Nintendo NES controller–minus the cord. The 8-Bitty works wirelessly (via Bluetooth, I’m guessing, though ThinkGeek doesn’t specify).

(Credit:
ThinkGeek)

And it works with nearly all Android and iOS phones and tablets, though Android support is just a promise at this point: “Because the 8-Bitty uses a completely open interface system, any app developer can easily add game support–even to Android devices.” Translation: no Android games support the device–yet.

As you can see in the photo, the 8-Bitty has a four-way D-pad, four red game buttons, two shoulder buttons, and Start/Select buttons. The whole thing is wrapped in wood … [Read more]

iCade 8-Bitty: An analog controller for your smartphone and tablet games

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