ThinkGeek has combined the future of portable gaming: the iPad with retro arcade machines. At this year's CES they debuted the iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet. You might remember the iCade as last year's ThinkGeek April Fool's joke but like the Tauntaun sleeping bag, a high level of interest brought the joke to reality. Thanks to a three-way partnership with ThinkGeek, Ion Audio and Atari you'll be able to play iPad games the way they were meant to be played, with a joystick and eight buttons.
The picture above is from the April Fool's ad last year. The real product will feature more buttons than the concept-iCade. The actual iCade will be playable with multiple Atari games starting with Asteroids. Along with Atari games existing iPad games can be played with the iCade.
Some of its features include:
- Arcade cabinet with joystick and buttons for iPad gaming
- Authentic, full-sized controls for a genuine arcade experience
- High-quality iPad-cradle specifically designed for a safe, secure fit
- Retro cabinet design that is fun, nostalgic and great-looking
The iCade is expected to retail for about $100 when it is released later this year, $50 less than the joke it came from.
Earlier this week ThinkGeek showed off another iPad gaming accessory, the Joystick-It. For the iPad gamers out there, does this sound like something you'd be interested in?