iCade Jr. Arcade Controller Discounted to $9.99

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    ThinkGeek has discounted the iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone to only $9.99. That represents 80% off its normal price of $49.99.

    The iCade Jr. was originally launched in January 2012 at CES. It represents a smaller iPhone/iPod Touch sized version of the original iPad-sized iCade. 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.

    Article Link: iCade Jr. Arcade Controller Discounted to $9.99
  2. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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?
  3. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I've played with it before, but don't own one. I do own an icade mobile. 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).

  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    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).
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    My thoughts as well.

    Makes me wonder if they have stopped making it and this price is just to clean out inventory.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
  7. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    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.


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


    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.
  8. macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
  9. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    For $10 it might be worth it if you like hardware hacking and just want a tiny Bluetooth joystick for fun projects...
  10. macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010

    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.
  11. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    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.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    anybody know if this can be used with an iphone 3g?
  13. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    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. :)
  14. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Still to much...maybe will keep if given to me for free :)
  15. macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I ordered one so I'll let everyone know once it arrives :)
  16. macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    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.
  17. Ngorkes, Jan 1, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013

    macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Can I use my iPhone 5 with it in portrait mode?
  18. macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2012
    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.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  20. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    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.
  21. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  22. macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2011
  23. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    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:

    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.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    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 :)
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Price has gone up again

    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.

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