The iCade was a smash hit as soon as the vaporware piece of kit hit the webosphere. Such a big hit in fact, that the product became reality thanks to Thinkgeek and ION Audio. Well, as they say, all good things come in pairs. The iCade Jr. is a miniaturized version of the original iCade, yet it’s specifically designed to fit your iPod Touch or iPhone.
Much like the iCade, your pocket sized iOS device connects to this gaming cabinet over Bluetooth, though for charging you can add Apple’s 30-pin cord thanks to a pass through slot. Aside from the retro stylings of an arcade game past, the iCard Jr. boasts not just a joystick and four forward facing buttons, but four rear trigger buttons. Without a hands on it’s a bit tough to say, but we’re gonna go ahead and assume that the trigger buttons are designed for games that don’t require a joystick since it would be difficult to reach for both.
ION Audio hasn’t said how much or when, but if we had to wager, it will be $50-75 and release sometime in March.