Back in February, the folks over at ThinkGeek unveiled a new wireless game controller for iOS devices called the 8-Bitty. It resembled an NES controller, and was based on the popular iCade platform.

Today, ThinkGeek has announced that the 8-Bitty controller is now available for purchase. It’s compatible with all iCade games, as well as MAME titles, and it costs a lot less than you might think…

ThinkGeek describes the 8-Bitty as a retro-styled game controller that fits in your pocket. It has 8 buttons, runs on two triple A batteries, and connects to your iOS (or Android) device via Bluetooth.

The list of compatible iOS games is surprisingly long thanks to the early success of the iCade. Several app developers have built-in support for the controller, including Atari and Imangi (Temple Run).

In addition to the 50 or so iOS games, the 8-Bitty is also compatible with the iMAME4all jailbreak app, which is an emulator that allows users to import and play classic video games via MAME ROMs.

The good news is, the 8-Bitty is now available for purchase from ThinkGeek’s website. And it’s fairly inexpensive compared to other controllers. If you’re interested, you can snag one for just $29.99.

So, what do you think of the iCade 8-Bitty?


  • It’s a nice controller and i would consider buying one but with it not supporting all iOS games and with me not being much of a gamer. i won’t be needing one but i can see this selling rather well.

    • apple refuses to do the obvious thing and make a damn controller

  • Joshmunual



    Well, Im a Classic Gamer, so i Got this! Its REALLY Sleek, And nice! But the only thing, to Really enjoy it, it must be on an ipad. Ipods And iphones are too Small!

  • Does it work with other emulators too or only Mame?

  • Another crab on sale… Have tried many but still same bullsh*t

  • i bought it and i got free shipping lol so we will check it out yo

  • Bitty? Someone needs to watch Little Britain and maybe rethink that name.

  • Playing fifa 13 on ipad using iphone as a controller is a great feeling. Wish someone would develop an app which makes iphone as a controller for all ipad games like gta3, modern combat.
    This icade controller would have been great if it can be used for all ios games. Since it doesn’t support other games i pass on this.

  • does not work with all games .. only those old retro ones with crappy graphics and lame sound

  • Justin Blatchley

    Anybody know if it works with Gta 3