ThinkGeek announced on Monday a new iCade-compatible gaming controller called the iCade 8-bitty. The D-pad style controller will get its first public showing at the 2012 Toy Fair in New York City this week.
The iCade 8-bitty looks a bit like the classic NES D-pad controller, but redone with fake wood veneer reminiscent of Atari consoles form the 1970s. It connects to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Bluetooth, and is compatible with a growing number of game titles including Atari Arcade Classics,Pac-Man, and Frogger Decades, among others. Developers can add support for all iCade devices using a free SDK.
ThinkGeek hasn't announced when the 8-bitty will ship except to say it will be sometime "later this year." At $24.99, though, it will be much less expensive than the original (and in our view, excellent) $99.99 iCade iPad cabinet.
Ion, which helped ThinkGeek turn the the original iCade from an April Fool's joke into a real product, recently unveiled its own iCade devices at CES this year. The expanding line now includes an iCade Jr for iPhones and iPod touches, the iCade Mobile for iPhone and Android devices, and the iCade Core fighter stick.