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MacRumors
Dec 30, 2012, 09:21 PM
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ThinkGeek has discounted (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f12f/) the iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone to only $9.99 (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f12f/). That represents 80% off its normal price of $49.99.

The iCade Jr. was originally launched (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/08/ces-2012-icade-ios-game-controller-expands-to-icade-jr-icade-mobile-and-icade-core/) in January 2012 at CES. It represents a smaller iPhone/iPod Touch sized version of the original iPad-sized iCade (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/24/ipad-arcade-cabinet-icade-now-shipping/). Like its big brother, the iCade Jr. connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch using Bluetooth. This model was originally designed to fit the iPhone 4/4S and 4th Generation iPod touch form factors, but is said to work with the iPhone 5 "if you leave the top lid hinged back".

The controller has an arcade stick, four front and rear buttons and works with existing iCade-compatible games (http://www.ionaudio.com/products/icade-games).

Article Link: iCade Jr. Arcade Controller Discounted to $9.99 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/30/icade-jr-arcade-controller-discounted-to-9-99/)



ArtOfWarfare
Dec 30, 2012, 09:27 PM
Does anyone own this? Is it worth it?

The picture makes it look awkwardly small... How much of a step up can it really be from on screen controls?

arn
Dec 30, 2012, 09:32 PM
Does anyone own this? Is it worth it?

The picture makes it look awkwardly small... How much of a step up can it really be from on screen controls?

I've played with it before, but don't own one. I do own an icade mobile (http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/icademobile). Overall, it's "ok". I don't use it that much.

But for $9.99? It's probably worth it if you have any interest in any old retro games that were designed to work with a digital controller (left/right/up/down).

arn

Moshe1010
Dec 31, 2012, 12:13 AM
I guess it's one of these things that you buy it, play with it 30min and then put it somewhere you don't remember. So eventually, it's a waste of $10 ($16 actually, including shipping).

OriginalMacRat
Dec 31, 2012, 12:17 AM
I guess it's one of these things that you buy it, play with it 30min and then put it somewhere you don't remember. So eventually, it's a waste of $10 ($16 actually, including shipping).

My thoughts as well.

Makes me wonder if they have stopped making it and this price is just to clean out inventory.

kny3twalker
Dec 31, 2012, 01:22 AM
99% of the compatible games suck

Menneisyys2
Dec 31, 2012, 04:06 AM
99% of the compatible games suck

You may haven't played any of them, have you? There are a lot of excellent titles - Metal Slug 1 (OK, it requires landscape mode but is still playable) and the like.

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Have just ordered four controllers for me and relatives - had to pay $38 for the shipping here in Finland.

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My thoughts as well.

Makes me wonder if they have stopped making it and this price is just to clean out inventory.

While it's not the iCade Jr but the iControlPad, I've played several games thru via it. If you're seriously into gaming, physical controllers are a must.

deathw
Dec 31, 2012, 07:09 AM
99% of the compatible games suck

Agreed

blackcrayon
Dec 31, 2012, 07:25 AM
For $10 it might be worth it if you like hardware hacking and just want a tiny Bluetooth joystick for fun projects...

ReallyBigFeet
Dec 31, 2012, 08:24 AM
99% of the compatible games suck

This.

It only works with games that have added iCade support. Most of the ones that have are games you've never heard of and once you've played them, you'll understand WHY they weren't on the radar.

LimeiBook86
Dec 31, 2012, 09:31 AM
I have the large iCade I got for a round $30 when Kohls had a clearance sale. I do use it from time to time. I actually ordered the iCade Jr. just now. Since I upgraded to an iPhone 5 my iPhone 4 is just sitting here. So I can see myself jailbreaking it and putting some fun emulated games on there.

Even without an iPhone in it would be a cool accessory to have on my desk... even in the office. :p For $15 shipped it's not a bad deal at all.

Biff...
Dec 31, 2012, 11:59 AM
anybody know if this can be used with an iphone 3g?

LimeiBook86
Dec 31, 2012, 04:40 PM
anybody know if this can be used with an iphone 3g?

I was wondering this as well. I'm not sure, I tried to look on the ION website here: http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/icadejr but I didn't find anything useful. I would assume since it's Bluetooth it may work, as long as the iPhone 3G fit into the case...

If it helps when I receive mine I'll give it a try. :)

KdParker
Dec 31, 2012, 05:30 PM
Still to much...maybe will keep if given to me for free :)

chrono1081
Dec 31, 2012, 11:57 PM
I ordered one so I'll let everyone know once it arrives :)

MrXiro
Jan 1, 2013, 09:51 AM
Seems like a waste of money to me for functionality, it's so small, I can't see it being very usable.

Would be a great kitschy little design piece to have on your desk though. You'd surely get some comments from coming into your office and seeing this thing.

Ngorkes
Jan 1, 2013, 02:47 PM
Can I use my iPhone 5 with it in portrait mode?

cfs112
Jan 2, 2013, 03:16 AM
I have one. Its good for the novelty factor, but once that dies out (in a few days) its as good as a paper weight. It becomes more of a hassle to put it in to play games. I guess I'm just too impatient, when I do have time to play games on my iPhone, I don't like having set-up time. Just my opinion on this. I also have the Fling joystick for iPad and iPhone. They don't work too well... just play using the screen as intended.

rmwebs
Jan 2, 2013, 05:04 AM
Meh. Waste of money.

Poor support for games. Clearly piss poor sales. Most likely a clearance sale to get rid of the remaining inventory before it vanishes.

Renzatic
Jan 2, 2013, 05:44 AM
Meh. Waste of money.

Poor support for games. Clearly piss poor sales. Most likely a clearance sale to get rid of the remaining inventory before it vanishes.

Looking at the list of games, I'd hardly call that piss poor support. If you count all the separate titles in the anthologies, it runs on well over a hundred games easily.

Though I couldn't imagine this being popular for the iPhone. It's better suited to the iPad if you ask me.

rmwebs
Jan 2, 2013, 07:04 AM
Looking at the list of games, I'd hardly call that piss poor support. If you count all the separate titles in the anthologies, it runs on well over a hundred games easily.

Though I couldn't imagine this being popular for the iPhone. It's better suited to the iPad if you ask me.

Out of the list of games on offer, none really stand out as being amazingly good, or in many cases dont seem to really need something like this.

I agree that the iPad version is better suited. For an iPhone/iTouch it seems pretty pointless however.

MountainApple
Jan 2, 2013, 02:16 PM
Actually, it's now $14.99!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f12f/
Are MacRumors and ThinkGeek in cahoots? ;)

Renzatic
Jan 2, 2013, 07:33 PM
Out of the list of games on offer, none really stand out as being amazingly good, or in many cases dont seem to really need something like this.

I guess it depends on how big you are into older arcade games. Having the Midway and Atari arcade collections in there is about enough to convince me to buy one. Add in Metal Slug 3 and the new Raiden pack that just came out a couple weeks back?

...hell, I'm honestly surprised I haven't picked one up already. I've been toying with the idea of grabbing the 8-Bitty. Think I might go ahead and do it.

Thanks for talking me into spending more money. :mad:

I agree that the iPad version is better suited. For an iPhone/iTouch it seems pretty pointless however.

Yeah, I guess it'd be pretty interesting as a novelty. Though once you get past the "ooh, itty bitty arcade cabinet" aspect, there really aren't any advantages to getting it over the iPad rev.

tdiaz
Jan 3, 2013, 09:44 AM
Actually, it's now $14.99!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f12f/I had added that and a few other things to my cart but never did anything with the order, two days later I refreshed the window and it was still there, in stock, and still $9.99 even though the product page was showing $14.99, and a few of the other items I had also selected had gone up, but not the line items in my cart. So I ordered it all. Got confirmation of the original amount. We'll see :)

NinjaKid
Jan 3, 2013, 09:55 AM
Now its at 19.29 and remember if your gonna get one it does not work on the Iphone 5 or the new Itouch devices.

JAT
Jan 3, 2013, 12:10 PM
Now its at 19.29 and remember if your gonna get one it does not work on the Iphone 5 or the new Itouch devices.
I think you mean the 5 devices do not fit in the Jr. properly. But it is a bluetooth keyboard, technically, and they should work just fine if you can work out the physical issues. They say something about leaving the top off with the 5 right on their website.

I think ThinkGeek got surprised by the i5 and its longer length, or at least it was bad timing. The Mobile and the Jr. are both physically designed around the older device size. It was something like this:

January 2012: announcement of several new products
Summer 2012: new products begin shipping
Sept 2012: iPhone/iPod 5 announcement, new size
Late Sept 2012: iCade Mobile and Jr. go on sale

Lil Chillbil
Jan 3, 2013, 09:20 PM
looks rather small to me eh

masvil
Jan 5, 2013, 10:21 AM
and the new Raiden pack that just came out a couple weeks back?
...hell, I'm honestly surprised I haven't picked one up already.
Don't do it: iCade Jr. supports only 4 directions, how can you play Raiden and other shutmups?

LimeiBook86
Jan 5, 2013, 10:47 AM
Mine arrived in the mail this morning. Packaging was pretty good, nothing spectacular but mine arrived in perfect shape and they even included two AA batteries. Setup was easy, I was spoiled by having the "setup" instructions printed on top of the full side iCade's lid, but it's not a big hassle here, the instruction booklet is easy enough to follow.

I have tested this both with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, both fit in the iCade jr. just fine, even when using cases! I usethis case (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10831&cs_id=1083111&p_id=8846&seq=1&format=2) on my iPhone 4, and this case (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=112&cp_id=11213&cs_id=1083111&p_id=9938&seq=1&format=2) on my iPhone 5. With the cases on they fit fine both vertically and horizontally (as you can see there's a little spot for it rest in the front).

Yes with the iPhone 5 you need to keep the top lid flap open. Which is fine! Because it can flip backwards and rest, meaning that it's not always half-open. You could possibly remove it if you take apart the iCade jr... but it's probably not worth it. The plastic sides, while they are thick, don't seem as sturdy as the full sized iCade (which was wood), so I wouldn't risk bending or breaking it just to attempt to remove the top.

I have no doubt it'll work with the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, unless there is some sort of software requirement I'm missing. But I recall using the iCade (fullsize) on my original iPad with no issues. I'll test it with my iPhone 3G after I charge it.

Also, the iCade Jr. is also not too bad when you're holding it in your hands. It can get tiring after a while, but it's doable. The joystick unscrews so you can use the D-pad below it. Not bad at all for $15 shipped, I'm every happy with my purchase. :D

Pictured below is my iPhone 5 (in the case linked above) with the iCade Jr.

blackcrayon
Jan 5, 2013, 10:56 AM
Don't do it: iCade Jr. supports only 4 directions, how can you play Raiden and other shutmups?

You can move in 8 directions with the iCade Jr., as long as the game is designed to detect both directional "keys" pressed at once which is what the controller sends when you move diagonally. (Just tested it with Minotaur 2112 and you can move in 8 directions).

chrono1081
Jan 5, 2013, 06:49 PM
I just got mine today and love it! It'll be great to keep on my desk at work. It works fantastic and is fun to have.