iCade 8-Bitty Nintendo-Like iOS Wireless Controller Now Shipping

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
  2. Want300 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    With that.... We need Super Mario Bros for iOS
  3. iWe macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    That thing should have an holder for the iPhone.
  4. Blinny83 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Yawn. Nostalgia is great, but let's see a real, modern controller. The iPad has been begging for one since it was released.
  5. seecoolguy macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2007
    too bad the big N wont license them out :-/
  6. TedM macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    This is really cool and not too expensive. I think I'm on board.
  7. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Why not just say that it's the same as the SNES controller.
  8. davie18 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2010
    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.
  9. coder12 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    http://www.icontrolpad.com << eh?? eh??

    edit: Pretty neat, eh??
  10. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    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.
  11. Devie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Why the hell would Nintendo lisence their games to a competing product?
  12. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    The SNES controller was way more ergonomic. This is hand-cramp city.
  13. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Exactly. We have a super nintendo in the break room at the office and everyone between 26 and 36 are constantly playing it.


    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)
  14. displaced macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    Looks good... buuuuuut...

    The name. 8-Bitty?

    I'm presuming I'm not the only UK'er here that had this 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)
  15. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Nice idea, but what we really need is something like this

  16. maccompatible macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    I agree so hard.
  17. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    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.
  18. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Nintendo has already rereleased their old 8 and 16 bit titles for download. On their systems.
  19. surf2snow1 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    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.
  20. APlotdevice, Oct 10, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012

    APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    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.
  21. SoldOnApple macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    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.
  22. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    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.
  23. a0me macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    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.
  24. iChrist macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    iOS has a sweet a$$ game called Mikey Shorts, I think it's more fun.


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