If the current batch of iPhone gaming accessories just aren’t doing it for you, perhaps this one will. This two-piece iPhone attachment essentially morphs your handset into a game controller that’ll remind you of the good old days.

But there’s more than nostalgia here. The NES-inspired controller actually looks like it could be the gaming add-on we’ve been waiting for. And although it’s still in the concept stage, the creator is working on bringing this thing to life…

The controller is the brainchild of Fabio Basile, a software engineer-turned-designer. The concept, which he originally posted on his Dribble page, has spent the last 24 hours going viral around the web.

“My ideal iPhone accessory! I hate digital buttons, this will be an immediate buy! Should we start a funding round on Kickstarter? :)”

Heck yes! We’d pledge money for this thing in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, Basile is in the UK, and Kickstarter currently only allows accounts from within the United States. And that’s not his only obstacle. He also admits that he knows nothing about neither hardware design nor iOS frameworks.

But that’s not enough to deter Basile, who says he is actively searching for help with his idea. He claims that there are elements to his controller that set it apart from current products, like iCade and iControlpad, that will ensure its success.

Here’s hoping this concept materializes.

What do you think of the controller? Would you buy one?

[Hat tip to Josh Helfferich]


  • Dan

    I’d buy this if it worked for roms and snes4iphone

  • Kok Hean

    I saw this on 9GAG.

    • Go fucking die. 9GAG is the worst excuse for a website

      • Kok Hean

        I would appreciate it if you can be less rude. I don’t understand why you don’t feel odd swearing at some stranger on the Internet.

  • Luke Davis


  • Anonymous

    As far as concept it is awesome, however the design is flawed, this would be very unstable without some kind of strapping to hold it in place, only holding it with a dock and headphone jack on each side will surely not be strong enough for intense gaming sessions.

    Also it would need some type of passthough since as far as I know the Internal speakers are disabled when you connect headphones, and on the bottom it would anyway block the Internal speaker.

    And at last, without game support it will fail, this would have to be worked together with at least some game makers to ensure there would be game support when launched.

    Having support in the nes emulator would be awesome though, for snes it needs more buttons.

    • haha…great minds think alike

  • looks awesome, but in the current design it would be far to unstable/flimsy. with controlers you want it one piece that does bend. this design is flawed unfortunately…make it one piece and you got a winner

  • Anonymous


  • This is the only controller add on for iPhone that I like!

  • Anonymous

    Great concept!!!

    Several Faults to overcome however:
    1) Nintendo will sue the crap out of you for stealing “their design”…..
    2) If you are not sued, by the time you get it designed, tested and manufactured, Apple will have released the iPhone 5, which will have a new design, and though you can market it to the existing iPhone 4/4S owners, you will lose opportunity.
    3) As Eldaria pointed out – serious gamers will need something that is better “strapped” to the iPhone, clipping it in will not be enough.

  • shut up and take my money