ThinkGeek has a new controller for iOS fans, one that wants you to take your fingers off the screen and play classic games the way they were meant to be played when games were measured in bits: with a controller. The iCade 8-Bitty looks like an NES controller and plays like its successor, the controller for the SNES.
The 8-Bitty is the latest in the line of line of iCade peripherals, the first being an April Fool's gag that got real: the iCade for the iPad. Whereas the original iCade lets iPad users enjoy games with an arcade-like controller, the 8-Bitty offers a more console-like experience.
It connects with your iOS device of choice via Bluetooth (which means it wants two AAA batteries from you), has a directional pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and even ones for start and select. While its shape is more NES, the buttons take a page from the SNES, and the look of the controller, with its wood panel siding and faded colors make it look like it'd fit right in with an Atari 2600. So, really, it's kind of an 8-bit look and feel with button layout lessons learned during the 16-bit era.
The 8-Bitty will be available "later this year," according to a ThinkGeek release, with a $25 sticker price. For more information and what games the 8-Bitty plays well with, head on over to ThinkGeek.