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Feb
13
2012

Introducing the 8-Bitty controller

ThinkGeek's 8-Bitty

We'll cut right to the chase: this image is not photoshopped.

Yes, it's a handheld video game controller in the classic style 8-bit style you know and love--but now it's for your iPad or iPhone or Android device, no console or cartridges required. And it exists IRL.

We're calling it the iCADE 8-Bitty. It pairs wirelessly just like our iCADE, and it's compatible with a growing list of hundreds of retro game apps, including the Atari Classics collection, Pac Man, Super Mega Worm, and more (see full list). Because the 8-Bitty uses a completely open interface system, any app developer can easily add game support--and yes, that includes Android devices.

The only bad news is we don't have it in stock yet; we just couldn't keep it to ourselves any longer.

The 8-Bitty will be available later this year for $24.99 exclusively at ThinkGeek, and you can sign up for email updates now so you can be the first to know when it arrives.


What could you play on an 8-Bitty? There's a list for that. In addition to Atari's package, here are links to games with either released or announced support for the iCADE and 8-Bitty:

If you're an iOS developer supporting the iCADE and 8-Bitty--or if you think we've missed a game above--let us know! Just email icadedev@thinkgeek.com or leave a note in the comments.

Developer Support

MAME Support

  • iOS: If you've taken the step of jailbreaking your iPad, the iMAME4all app adds MAME awesomeness to your iCADE gaming stack. While we can't recommend jailbreaking or unlicensed ROMs, we can certainly confirm that it does indeed work and it works quite well. Just this January, developer Matthias Ringwald just released Blutrol, an application for jailbroken iOS devices that maps iCADE's physical buttons to on-screen presses.
  • Android: By popular demand, Seleuco added iCADE support to MAME4droid.
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Comments

meaningless icon! WOW! This is cool! I'm adding this to my wish list.
joevill said this 891 days ago.
meaningless icon! Does "Wireless" mean bluetooth or what?
WatcherXP said this 891 days ago.
meaningless icon! will it work on android?
polarbehr said this 891 days ago.
meaningless icon! WatcherXP & Polarbehr: Yes, wireless pairing means bluetooth, and yes, it works on Android! MAME4droid takes care of that for our iCADE right now as well.
CarrieGouldin said this 891 days ago.
meaningless icon! BlueTooth..? Will these work with our computrons? I've been wanting a good controller for NES/SNES, but I've never seen one that I genuinely wanted until now
Rectums said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! Any reason you've gone with two rows of two buttons on the right? I'd have expected a layout more like the diamond shaped cluster of pretty much every controller since the SNES.
msephton said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! What? No Android support?
Raceimaztion said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! It would be awesome if this could work with Super Crate Box, The League of Evil, and the Blocks Cometh. I know that's a lot to ask for, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
Jmacmp811 said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! Is there any reason you picked the "two rows of two" layout for the four action buttons? I would have perhaps expected you to use a "diamond" layout, proven on the SNES and used on literally every controller since?
msephton said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! Raceimaztion: We've made some updates to the text in this blog post to make it more clear that YES, you can use the 8-Bitty (just like our iCADE now) with an Android device. Msephton: We have to be careful not to infringe on trademarked designs, so we had to change some things up on 8-Bitty.
CarrieGouldin said this 890 days ago.
meaningless icon! Does this work with all versions of Android? I ask because I saw that you could use a Wii controller for games on your Android phone, but because of how HTC handles bluetooth with their SenseUI, it didn't work on HTC devices.
Gritchu said this 890 days ago.

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