The folks over at ThinkGeek are known, at least in the iOS community, as the creators of the popular iCADE accessory. The gaming cabinet turns your iPad into a mini-arcade system and is compatible with hundreds of games.

Now the team is looking to expand on its success with the new iCADE 8-Bitty game controller. Like the original iCADE, the wireless gamepad sports a familiar retro look and will work with a number of iOS devices and games…

ThinkGeek posted the above image on its blog this morning, along with the following message:

“We’ll cut right to the chase: this image is not photoshopped. Yes, it’s a handheld video game controller in the classic 8-bit style you know and love–but now it’s for your iPad or iPhone, no console or cartridges required. And it exists IRL (In Real Life).”

The bad news is that the 8-Bitty isn’t for sale yet. ThinkGeek says that it plans to make the accessory available sometime later this year. But the good news is that it won’t cost you a fortune. You’ll be able to pick one up for a mere $24.99.

This is by far one of the better wireless iOS game controllers we’ve seen in a while, both in price and awesomeness. If you’re interested in the iCADE 8-Bitty, you can sign up for ThinkGeek email updates to find out the moment it goes on sale.

What do you think of the 8-Bitty?


  • My question is whether or not it’ll work with emulators. If it does, I’ll buy it instantly. Finally, a good Pokemon experience.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you just use a Wii remote or controller, it’s what I do for every game on the Snes emulator.

      • Anonymous

        how to you connect wii remote to your phone?

      • Anonymous

        If you’re using an emulator such as Snes9x you just have to go into the settings and set it up, it just pairs with your device via bluetooth and the classic controllers give a much better experience than the Wii remotes thanks to the button layout.

  • Sweet. Emulators are gonna kick ass with this.

  • When will onlive come to iOS?

  • We need something that makes the iPhone connected with it. Lika a “holder”, like the one on iControlPad. I do not mean bluetooth. -.-‘