iCade 8-Bitty controller adds retro charm to your iPad gaming

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Touch screens are all well and good, but when it comes to the growing catalogue of retro games available on iOS devices, you really need something you can button-bash away with in your hands.

ThinkGeek have just the thing, revealing today the iCade 8-Bitty, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the NES joypad.

Running off of two AAA batteries, the teak-finished iOS controller works with all the same games that run on the iCade iPad arcade cabinet, has a D-Pad, four face buttons and two shoulder buttons.

$24.99 will grab you an 8-Bitty from US gadget retailers ThinkGeek. No word on a localised UK release as of yet, but ThinkGeek ship internationally so you should still be able to pick one up.

Gerald Lynch