Maybe it is the simplicity, and maybe it is the fact that I can remember playing many of these games when they were new, but I like to play the older NES style games. And while these games generally run rather nicely on many of the smartphones and tablets these days, you can sometimes feel like you are lacking in control. Simply put, sometimes it is a bit difficult to try and play a game with touchscreen controls on a smaller screen, such as a smartphone. Enter the game controller, of which there are more than a few available that have support for Android. One that has recently come available though, is the iCade 8-Bitty.
The iCade 8-Bitty is available for purchase with ThinkGeek. The controller is priced at $29.99, however, given you are reading tech sites and potentially shopping at ThinkGeek, I suspect you may end up checking out with more than just the game controller. But other ThinkGeek items aside, lets focus on the task at hand — the controller. Me personally, I like this one for the simplicity. And also because is seems to have been modeled after an original NES controller.
Simple looks aside though, the iCade 8-Bitty has the buttons and controls that you will need. In fact, the controller has 8-buttons which are broken down into four face buttons and two shoulder buttons along with the select and start buttons. It also has the D-Pad for movement. As far as using the controller, the 8-Bitty is wireless and connects over Bluetooth. Also, for those who often forget about turning gadgets off, the 8-Bitty has an auto-power save mode. And for those wondering, the controller is powered by 2 AAA batteries, and no, they are not included.
Bottom line here, the iCade 8-Bitty has finally come available for purchase. Now all you need to do is place your order and then, while waiting for it to arrive, make sure you have your smartphone or tablet loaded up with an emulator app and some ROMs.