February 13, 2012 | Andy Boxall
ThinkGeek’s iCade series of gaming peripherals for the iPhone and iPad was extended during CES 2012, but the company hadn’t shown off it’s entire range of new products for the year, as this week at the New York 2012 Toy Fair, it introduced the 8-Bitty.
The iCade 8-Bitty is a retro-styled controller for both iOS and Android devices, with a design that’s reminiscent not only of classic NES controllers, but thanks to the wooden trim, an Atari 2600 games console too!
It runs on two AAA batteries and connects to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth, when it’ll interface with the entire range of iCade compatible games available in the App Store.
The oblong controller has a D-pad and four buttons on its front, plus two shoulder buttons, and an auto-shutdown feature to stop it draining the batteries too quickly.
It’s a great addition to the iCade line-up, staying true to its retro roots, but becoming not only more portable, but also more affordable, as the 8-Bitty will retail for $24.99 when it goes on sale later this year.
We absolutely love this, and can see it being integrated into some really exciting custom builds.
We’ll update you when ThinkGeek.com releases more information on when it’ll be released.