Toting around the iCade ain’t exactly practical. That isn’t to say it ain’t damn cool. So when you’re away from home, what are you to do? The iCade 8-Bitty.
The designed is inspired by the both the original iCade and the NES controller from the 80s. The face of the controller sports the usual arrangement of buttons (star, select and 4 action buttons), while a set of shoulder buttons provide added manipulation for those game that are a bit more complicated.
The iCade 8-Bitty takes 2 AAA batteries, though battery concerns should be minimal as it will automatically go into power save mode when not in use. Thinkgeek says that it’s compatible with Atari Greatest Hits iPad app (over 100 games) and they’ve gone as far as to provide an open development platform without permission needed from Apple or Thinkgeek to make it compatible with their games. Yes, it’s compatible with Android devices as well – it connects wirelessly using Bluetooth.
The iCade 8-Bitty will launch later this year and will sell for $24.99.