X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop! Follow Us: Subscribe | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

iCade 8-Bitty iOS/Android Gamepad: Retro Controller for Modern Devices

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

Button-friendly gaming on mobile devices will soon become more portable. While Ion Audio recently announced a variety of new controllers for iOS devices, this could be the best idea yet. ThinkGeek has unveiled the iCade 8-Bitty, a Bluetooth gamepad that will be compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It looks like a NES controller, but it has way more buttons than its ancestor, including four face buttons and two shoulder buttons.

icade 8-bitty gamepad from thinkgeek

As you can see, the 8-Bitty also calls to mind pre-8-bit gaming with its faux wooden trim. Just like with the other iCade accessories, the 8-Bitty is only compatible with certain games, a roster that is growing but still disappointing. ThinkGeek also points to a couple of apps that can expand the iCade library by including MAME games. The Blutrol app is also quite promising, because it allows users to map virtual buttons to the physical buttons of iCade controllers. The problem? All of these apps require you to jailbreak your iOS device. Get a clue Apple, and let these sort of apps into the App Store!

icade 8-bitty gamepad from thinkgeek 2

ThinkGeek hasn’t started taking orders yet for the 8-Bitty, and the gamepad still doesn’t have a release date. But if you’re interested in one, you can subscribe or just keep checking that page for availability. Developers on the other hand, instead of waiting for Apple’s support, may want to check out this open source SDK made by Stuart Carnie that enables iCade controls for iOS apps.

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Mattel Ultimate Justice League Batmobile RC Toy

Mattel Ultimate Justice League Batmobile RC Toy

Gentle Giant Deadpool Logo Bookends

Gentle Giant Deadpool Logo Bookends

Jurassic World Evolution (Trailer)

Jurassic World Evolution (Trailer)

Feastform Titanium Cooking Tools

Feastform Titanium Cooking Tools

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero

Cherry 1980 Stingray Has Just 700 Miles Since 1982 Restomod

Cherry 1980 Stingray Has Just 700 Miles Since 1982 Restomod