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MacRumors
Oct 10, 2012, 02:59 PM
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ThinkGeek, the creators of the iCade iPad gaming cabinet have released the iCade 8-Bitty (http://toucharcade.com/2012/10/09/the-icade-8-bitty-controller-is-now-available-from-thinkgeek/) Bluetooth enabled controller, announced earlier this year (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/13/icade-creators-launch-nintendo-like-wireless-controller-for-ios/). The controller is roughly the size and layout of a classic NES controller, with an extra pair of A/B buttons on the right side and two shoulder buttons.

The controller is now available from ThinkGeek's website (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ecea/) for $29.99.

Article Link: iCade 8-Bitty Nintendo-Like iOS Wireless Controller Now Shipping (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/10/icade-8-bitty-nintendo-like-ios-wireless-controller-now-shipping/)



domesposito
Oct 10, 2012, 03:04 PM
meh.

Want300
Oct 10, 2012, 03:11 PM
With that.... We need Super Mario Bros for iOS

iWe
Oct 10, 2012, 03:18 PM
That thing should have an holder for the iPhone.

Blinny83
Oct 10, 2012, 03:35 PM
Yawn. Nostalgia is great, but let's see a real, modern controller. The iPad has been begging for one since it was released.

seecoolguy
Oct 10, 2012, 03:46 PM
With that.... We need Super Mario Bros for iOS

too bad the big N wont license them out :-/

TedM
Oct 10, 2012, 04:07 PM
This is really cool and not too expensive. I think I'm on board.

pancakedrawer
Oct 10, 2012, 04:20 PM
The controller is roughly the size and layout of a classic NES controller, with an extra pair of A/B buttons on the right side and two shoulder buttons.


Why not just say that it's the same as the SNES controller.

davie18
Oct 10, 2012, 04:21 PM
Yawn. Nostalgia is great, but let's see a real, modern controller. The iPad has been begging for one since it was released.

I think a controller that kind of plugs in around the iPhone would be amazing personally.

I mean games like GTA III have the potential to be so good on the iPhone, but the touchscreen controls are just absolutely horrid for games like that, at least imo. I mean don't get me wrong I love touchscreen on my phone, but I just wish there were something that you could put on your iphone that would turn it into a psp-type thing for when you want to play on games that would be better suited to physical controls rather than touchscreen.

Why someone hasn't created such a device and just took it to a company like rockstar to sell the idea to them I have no idea, I mean I would create plans and stuff myself if I had the knowledge.

coder12
Oct 10, 2012, 04:25 PM
I think a controller that kind of plugs in around the iPhone would be amazing personally.

I mean games like GTA III have the potential to be so good on the iPhone, but the touchscreen controls are just absolutely horrid for games like that, at least imo. I mean don't get me wrong I love touchscreen on my phone, but I just wish there were something that you could put on your iphone that would turn it into a psp-type thing for when you want to play on games that would be better suited to physical controls rather than touchscreen.

Why someone hasn't created such a device and just took it to a company like rockstar to sell the idea to them I have no idea, I mean I would create plans and stuff myself if I had the knowledge.

http://www.icontrolpad.com << eh?? eh??

edit: Pretty neat, eh??

Blakjack
Oct 10, 2012, 04:28 PM
too bad the big N wont license them out :-/

Nintendo needs to just stop with the madness. I honestly think many people(older heads) could reconnect with the brand by porting old games like the original Mario to iOS.

Get off your high horse Nintendo.

Devie
Oct 10, 2012, 04:37 PM
Nintendo needs to just stop with the madness. I honestly think many people(older heads) could reconnect with the brand by porting old games like the original Mario to iOS.

Get off your high horse Nintendo.

Why the hell would Nintendo lisence their games to a competing product?

APlotdevice
Oct 10, 2012, 04:57 PM
Why not just say that it's the same as the SNES controller.

The SNES controller was way more ergonomic. This is hand-cramp city.

FrizzleFryBen
Oct 10, 2012, 05:27 PM
Nintendo needs to just stop with the madness. I honestly think many people(older heads) could reconnect with the brand by porting old games like the original Mario to iOS.

Get off your high horse Nintendo.

Exactly. We have a super nintendo in the break room at the office and everyone between 26 and 36 are constantly playing it.

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Why the hell would Nintendo lisence their games to a competing product?

It means money. They could re-release all the old top 8 and 16 bit titles and rake it in 99 cents at a time. (minus 30% of course)

displaced
Oct 10, 2012, 05:32 PM
Looks good... buuuuuut...

The name. 8-Bitty?

I'm presuming I'm not the only UK'er here that had this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuPBbFOiygo&feature=related) pop straight into their minds. (Caution... almost certainly NSFW and possibly not particularly funny to those outside of the UK - or even for some within)

FlatlinerG
Oct 10, 2012, 05:43 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg

maccompatible
Oct 10, 2012, 05:47 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

I agree so hard.

jclardy
Oct 10, 2012, 05:51 PM
I think a controller that kind of plugs in around the iPhone would be amazing personally.

I mean games like GTA III have the potential to be so good on the iPhone, but the touchscreen controls are just absolutely horrid for games like that, at least imo. I mean don't get me wrong I love touchscreen on my phone, but I just wish there were something that you could put on your iphone that would turn it into a psp-type thing for when you want to play on games that would be better suited to physical controls rather than touchscreen.

Why someone hasn't created such a device and just took it to a company like rockstar to sell the idea to them I have no idea, I mean I would create plans and stuff myself if I had the knowledge.

The reason is that you need developers to adopt it. There is no universal controller protocol, so each individual controller will have a different library of code to implement. Then the problem is that no single controller has enough users to warrant implementing. And so you have a chicken & the egg problem - developers want users before implementing, users want games from developers before buying.

But even if there were 10,000 controllers out there, only a small percentage of those users would want your specific game (Even GTA III.) So spending a few days implementing and testing controller code most developers just ignore the issue.

I personally implement iCade controls into my games when I can as the library is simple and I own an iCade myself.

APlotdevice
Oct 10, 2012, 05:52 PM
Exactly. We have a super nintendo in the break room at the office and everyone between 26 and 36 are constantly playing it.

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It means money. They could re-release all the old top 8 and 16 bit titles and rake it in 99 cents at a time. (minus 30% of course)

Nintendo has already rereleased their old 8 and 16 bit titles for download. On their systems.

surf2snow1
Oct 10, 2012, 06:21 PM
Nintendo has already rereleased their old 8 and 16 bit titles for download. On their systems.

Which makes them absolutely $0 from iOS purchases. Move it to iOS, rake in 4.99 a game. Or bundle all marios for $9.99. 1 million downloads, thats a cool 7 million.

APlotdevice
Oct 10, 2012, 06:24 PM
Which makes them absolutely $0 from iOS purchases. Move it to iOS, rake in 4.99 a game. Or bundle all marios for $9.99. 1 million downloads, thats a cool 7 million.

And hurt their own hardware sales in the process.

Remember that Nintendo makes money not only on game sales, but also hardware (both consoles and their accessories) and royalties from third party publishers producing games for that hardware.

SoldOnApple
Oct 10, 2012, 06:55 PM
This would be serviceable, but it the buttons are not in the diamond shape, as per every other pad ever made in the last five generations.

Westside guy
Oct 10, 2012, 07:55 PM
Which makes them absolutely $0 from iOS purchases. Move it to iOS, rake in 4.99 a game. Or bundle all marios for $9.99. 1 million downloads, thats a cool 7 million.

Right. And, while we're at it, Apple should release a version of Mountain Lion that'll run on generic PC hardware. After all, they're currently making absolutely $0 from PC purchases. Move it to PC, rake in 19.99 an install. Ten million downloads, that's a cool 200 million.

a0me
Oct 10, 2012, 08:11 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)
But now with the iPhone 5 and the 5th generation iPod touch they'd need to redesign it to fit the Lightning connector and the new location for the audio jack.

iChrist
Oct 10, 2012, 08:29 PM
With that.... We need Super Mario Bros for iOS

iOS has a sweet a$$ game called Mikey Shorts, I think it's more fun.

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nba1341
Oct 10, 2012, 09:11 PM
I need this to play megaman x from snes

trip1ex
Oct 10, 2012, 10:11 PM
This is for those that always hated that their screen was so much bigger than their controller.

b166er
Oct 10, 2012, 10:16 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eeb9/?srp=2

Drunken Master
Oct 10, 2012, 11:25 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

Sweeeet.

rman726
Oct 10, 2012, 11:49 PM
iOS has a sweet a$$ game called Mikey Shorts, I think it's more fun.

.

Love that game. I'm looking forward to more levels.

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If anyone is actually looking to buy this, you can add a $.99 Super Mario 3Dee candies to your cart, and apply coupon: kxkynfhv to get $5 off 30.

blackcrayon
Oct 11, 2012, 08:05 AM
Why the hell would Nintendo lisence their games to a competing product?

These are old games though. Is Nintendo still making a ton off of Super Mario Bros? It's not like they would be putting their best Wii U titles on the iPad (but maybe if their hardware fails to sell they'll have no other choice ;)

Pigumon
Oct 11, 2012, 08:19 AM
Nintendo needs to just stop with the madness. I honestly think many people(older heads) could reconnect with the brand by porting old games like the original Mario to iOS.

Get off your high horse Nintendo.

Exactly. We have a super nintendo in the break room at the office and everyone between 26 and 36 are constantly playing it.

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It means money. They could re-release all the old top 8 and 16 bit titles and rake it in 99 cents at a time. (minus 30% of course)

Ok, let's just fill you in. Apple and Nintendo are similar. Apple tried the whole "hey lets just go ahead and license our great software to other companies- OOOPS we are nearly bankrupt" thing. So yeah no.

Jailbreak, Emu, 8-Bitty. AWESOME.

Blakjack
Oct 11, 2012, 09:32 AM
too bad the big N wont license them out :-/

Why the hell would Nintendo lisence their games to a competing product?

For me duuuuuuh!!!!

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Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)


Oooooooo......that's bad ars!!!!

Want300
Oct 11, 2012, 10:01 AM
too bad the big N wont license them out :-/

yea i know :(

iOS has a sweet a$$ game called Mikey Shorts, I think it's more fun.

Thanks, I will have to check it out.

waa1futs
Oct 11, 2012, 12:13 PM
Currently I have a Gametel ($49) http://www.amazon.com/Gametel-Portable-Controller-Mobile-Tablets/dp/B006L2HBXA and prefer it since it uses the same icade technology BUT has a clip that holds the iPhone in place for more of a psp type experience:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UDQolzs5L._SS400_.jpg
1. Jailbreak iPhone 4S
2. Download Snes9x Ex, GBA.emu, GBC.emu, NES.emu
3. Use bluetooth controller (Gametel or 8-bitty)
4. Play old school classics

The 8-bitty seems more geared towards an iPad that you would set down on a table while the Gametel is much better with your iPhone (since it holds your iPhone in place while your gaming).

PeterQVenkman
Oct 11, 2012, 12:21 PM
Why not just say that it's the same as the SNES controller.

'cause it ain't the same. It's a shame, since I love that controller. The placement of the buttons on this new one, not so much.

http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/NewImage14.png

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_fMl1MrkycLE/TJuYcc0vROI/AAAAAAAAABs/FlMCA93QDeE/s1600/SFCpad.jpg

I'm sure I could get used to it with a few play sessions, but why mess with perfection? ;)

STiNG Operation
Oct 11, 2012, 03:47 PM
This is really cool and not too expensive. I think I'm on board.

Do you know if this works with all games? And how? What if a game has joy stick controls in it? Thanks.

iWe
Oct 11, 2012, 03:50 PM
Currently I have a Gametel ($49) http://www.amazon.com/Gametel-Portable-Controller-Mobile-Tablets/dp/B006L2HBXA and prefer it since it uses the same icade technology BUT has a clip that holds the iPhone in place for more of a psp type experience:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UDQolzs5L._SS400_.jpg

Now that's more like it.

TedM
Oct 11, 2012, 05:12 PM
Now that's more like it.

Damn right it is. That thing looks way more impressive.

DrNeroCF
Oct 11, 2012, 07:08 PM
Nintendo needs to just stop with the madness. I honestly think many people(older heads) could reconnect with the brand by porting old games like the original Mario to iOS.

Get off your high horse Nintendo.

You a way better way to reconnect with the Nintendo brand?

Buy a Nintendo system :eek:

b166er
Oct 11, 2012, 09:06 PM
I remember reading about a year ago that Nintendo's board was really pushing to port games to iOS and android. I think the DS just isn't grabbing the sales they want. I like the DS but a lot of people are in to consolidating gadgets right now.

sineplex
Oct 12, 2012, 01:34 AM
to bad there's no standard API's for an apple controller.

Solomani
Oct 12, 2012, 02:52 PM
That's so retro... it's like ghetto-retro.

What's next.... bring back the Mattel Intelivison controller?? Yeesh.

mariocapo
Oct 12, 2012, 04:50 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

The one nice thing about it being wireless, is that you don't have to worry about whether you'll need 30 pin or lightning connector.

xraytech
Oct 13, 2012, 01:09 AM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

Already done...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/eeb9_icade_mobile.jpg

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eeb9/

Yvan256
Oct 13, 2012, 03:00 PM
I like the Intellivision-inspired faux-wood around the case, can't get any more retro than that!

I'm not sure about the positions of the four main buttons, however. Was there a patent or something on the diamond configuration? :confused:

FlatlinerG
Oct 14, 2012, 08:13 AM
On the Nintendo licensing topic, I would die happy if they released some of the older pokemon gameboy games on iOS. Been playing through some on a DS Lite, but would much rather use my iPhone 5.

vashspike
Oct 14, 2012, 11:36 AM
iOS has a sweet a$$ game called Mikey Shorts, I think it's more fun.

.

I just wrote a review (5 Stars) pleading the developer to add support for this controller, that game is bada$$! :D

Giuly
Oct 14, 2012, 01:00 PM
Yeah, but does it do Mega Man II and Mega Man X? :D

I'd rather buy a Bluetooth conversion box with Li-Ion battery for my SNES controller.

jacobtaylor1987
Oct 14, 2012, 08:22 PM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

You may want to have a look at the CoCo controller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_RcM-kfxxY

Boisv
Oct 15, 2012, 08:13 AM
Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

Image (http://www.iphonefaq.org/images/archives/nes-controller.jpg)

Nice idea, but that isn't nearly as nice as what this article shows. I'm not going to buy two separate controller setups for my iPad and iPhone. The one above will cover both, which makes it awesome.

But I see the appeal of that mock up too. Handheld is a nice touch.

JAT
Oct 15, 2012, 08:19 PM
Nice idea, but that isn't nearly as nice as what this article shows. I'm not going to buy two separate controller setups for my iPad and iPhone. The one above will cover both, which makes it awesome.

But I see the appeal of that mock up too. Handheld is a nice touch.

The iCade Mobile is handheld also. And has 2 more buttons. And cheaper at the moment since it doesn't fit the iPhone 5. (I assume) It says compatibility with certain models, but that's about the shape, the BT compatibility should be universal for iOS devices. Link was above a few posts.

brand
Oct 16, 2012, 12:13 PM
Why not just say that it's the same as the SNES controller.

Because its not.

ThunderSkunk
Oct 16, 2012, 01:19 PM
I bought one of those NES controllers modded to a USB output when they came out. Works perfectly on OS X. I wonder if I can use that with the camera connection kit for use on jailbroken iOS...

Anyone try it?

APlotdevice
Oct 16, 2012, 01:22 PM
I bought one of those NES controllers modded to a USB output when they came out. Works perfectly on OS X. I wonder if I can use that with the camera connection kit for use on jailbroken iOS...

Anyone try it?

If it is possible,a jailbreak tweak of some kind would be required. iOS does not natively support game controllers. iCade controllers get around this limitation by emulating a keyboard.

hamkor04
Oct 16, 2012, 09:16 PM
That thing should have an holder for the iPhone.
they make it "available" iHolder for next release. for separate purchase :D

robertosh
Oct 17, 2012, 02:13 AM
anyone tried to use one of this (or something like this) in the Apple TV through airplay mirroring? It will be interesting to play with this thing on the TV.

anthonyp01
Oct 19, 2012, 08:23 AM
Awesome, brings back a few memories.

Richdmoore
Oct 21, 2012, 04:54 PM
Tried my new 8 bitty today, it works ok for some icade games, but other times they have the controls mapped weird. I would also prefer an analog joystick, as I dislike dpad controls for movement as it is hard to go diagonal with them vs analog sticks.

Still, it is a good for certain games like PACman.