Keep in mind that this only works with iOS devices that have Bluetooth support. Sorry, iPod touch users.
iOS controllers come and go, but this is by far the coolest one we’ve seen. There’s good reason for that, it’s by the folks who created the iCade, so there is definitely some retro design sense behind it.
The controller looks very similar to the one that used to come with the original NES with the exception of the iCade color scheme and a few additional buttons (two on the face and shoulder buttons). It’s works just like the iCade cabinet, that is via Bluetooth.
It’s not yet available, but you can go to ThinkGeek.com and sign up to be emailed when it’s in stock. It’s super sexy.
Here’s a description from ThinkGeek:
- Classic retro-styled game controller fits in your pocket and works with iPhone & iPad
- 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons… plus the D-Pad for movement
- Wireless connection with auto power save mode
- Mini version of larger size iCade cabinet invented and designed by ThinkGeek
- Fully compatible with all iCade games
- Completely open development platform. App developers can add support for iCade with no permission needed from Apple or ThinkGeek. (See links for code examples below).
- “Atari Greatest Hits” iPad App ready to go with the iCADE, including support for over 100 classic Atari games.
- Atari App comes with Missile Command for free, other games available for in-app purchase. 3-game packs are $1. All 100 games are $14.99
- Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
- NOTE: Atari Greatest Hits only runs on iPad, not on iPhone or iPod touch.
- Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
Go to ThinkGeek to check it out.