Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini

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    Gaming peripheral company Wikipad has announced an iPad mini version of its Gamevice mobile game controller, reports Slide to Play (via TouchArcade).

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    The Gamevice sports a form-fitting design that cradles the iPad mini, and features console-style controls including dual-analog sticks, a directional pad, face buttons, shoulder bumpers, and triggers. The accessory is compatible with all iOS games that feature controller support, which currently includes titles like Limbo, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and The Walking Dead.

    The Gamevice's reveal comes after last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, where a surge of new iOS controllers appeared. The introduction of so many new iOS controllers comes as rumors surrounding the gaming capabilities of the next-generation Apple TV have ramped up in recent months. Some have speculated that Apple could utilize iOS gaming controllers, a set-top box and an App Store ecosystem to become a major force in the console gaming industry.
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    Wikipad's Gamevice controller for the iPad mini is expected to be released later this year. Interested customers can sign up at the accessory's official website for more information.

    Article Link: Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini
     
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    So we have the first Wii U competitor and meanwhile Nintendo is missing ALL THE FUN... i would pay $10 for a 64 Zelda game on iOS.
     
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    This looks great. I hope the built quality is good and that a black option is offered. The only problem I can see with this design is that the speaker will be muffled and the headphone port is inaccessible.
     
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    Love games on my mini, but many would be much improved with physical controls, so I'm definitely interested in a controller that wraps around the mini like this one. Looks like the controller market is starting to get started, a year later than I thought it'd take, but it might be arriving finally and that's a very good thing.
     
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    It looks like they're mocking those awful iPhone snap on controllers with this.

    I don't like it, it's just weird. Just stand up your iPad Mini somehow and use a regular controller.
     
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    What, no room for both? I'd like to have one of each, one that wraps around my mini (or iPhone maybe) as well as one that doesn't require a physical connection and can be used from a distance. It's nice that the standard allows for both kinds, so we don't have to suffer from one "regular" option only.
     
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    This seems to have the best d-pad available on ANY of the currently available and announced iOS controllers. The most Nintendo-like so far. The others all seem very reminiscent of the Xbox 360's godawful d-pad.
     
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    Problem is some games expect you to tilt as an additional control.
     
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    That makes perfect sense then.
     
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    Missing all the fun? You're missing the fun if you aren't playing Mario Kart 8 right now.
    The Wii U is picking up steam, finally, and I'm so glad Nintendo hasn't caved on the 'just make games for smartphones' thing.
    This iPad Mini controller looks cool, though. I love the GamePad on the Wii U and this is similar.
     
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    I have a controller for my iPhone and other than it charging the device I'm not a big fan of future controllers needing a physical interface with the device. They should all be bluetooth. That way I can use it with any iPad, any phone that supports the controller, iOS or android. Build in gyroscopes into the controller if tilt is important. The games I play that support tilt when a controller isn't be used play just fine not tilting with the controller. I don't even know if a game would want to support a physical tilt and input from the controller to do the same thing.
     
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    The Wii U's Gamepad is definitely my favorite controller, although I wish the screen was multitouch.
     
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    Yeah me too, but what should I use? i cannot find any decent controller with ios7-8 support :(
     
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    While this is a cool concept I can see how this seems like a waste for some consumers like me who tend to upgrade devices every year and new hardware designs would render these third party accessories useless. With a quick google search I found one of these controllers that I would much rather have that would remain compatible with both iPhone/iPad and most future devices. Plus it seems much more comfortable to use. But I guess it's nice to have options, and for those that plan on keeping their devices for many years. :)

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    That looks nice too! I dig that the one in this article makes the Mini look like a Wii U controller.
     
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    You are right - but you may be safer with the Ipad Mini - Apple might make it thinner but even then- looks like this design would accommodate it.
     
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    Yeah, that plus it would be a pain to have to remove a case every time you want to use the controller. Or in my case even worse- I'm using a TwelveSouth SurfacePad that sticks to the back to my iPad mini with adhesive so I wouldn't want to keep taking it off =/
     
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    Tell me when the Wii U's games are anywhere near as good as those of the GameCube or N64, and I'll try it. But I agree that Nintendo should not cave into making games for smartphones, from a business standpoint and as a Nintendo fan myself.
     
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    Should have had little stereo speakers added. Even small ones would sound better than the built in ones and it would provide for true stereo sound separation.
     
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    There is always BT headphones.
     

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