There is no doubt that gaming on the iPad is here to stay.  In fact it’s gotta be the top 3 things people do on the 10-inch device.  So much so that Atari partnered with ThinkGeek, who outsourced to ION, to produce the iCade.  It started as an April Fool’s joke but quickly became a reality when the level of interest exploded and thus warranted its development.

Discovery Bay Games’ Atari Arcade doesn’t boast the same nostalgic feel as the iCade, but it’s probably a fair assumption that it will cost half as much.  If we’re right you can expect to pay $50 for this device, which adds an analog control to Atari’s games.  And unlike the iCade, which connects to the iPad using Bluetooth, the Atari Arcade has a 30-pin dock.  We’re hoping it has a USB port to keep your tablet charged up, but that might negate a lower price point.

Discovery Bay Games hasn’t provides any details concerning the device’s launch or price at this point, but they say it will be in retail stores, such as Toy R’Us, Walmart and Target.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."