Video games were about 50 times better when I was a kid than they are now. Maybe it was because we had to fill in the 8-bit graphics of Contra with our imaginations, rather than having all the gory beauty envisioned for us like in Modern Warfare 3. We’re big fans of iCade and their efforts to resurrect retro gaming, so when news hit today that they’re coming out with this cute little iOS controller called the iCade 8-Bitty, our news room collectively swooned over the contraption’s ambrosial charm.
The iCade 8-Bitty is an eight button controller that wirelessly connects to your iPhone or iPad. You never know when a sudden rush of desire to play Super Mega Worm might overcome your ability to eat cotton candy, so the tiny controller can fit in your pocket to keep with you at all times. It runs off of two AAA batteries and is fully compatible with all iCade games. Pricing is set at $24.99 per unit. No word on a release date yet, but you can get notified as to when they go on sale by joining the 8-Bitty newsletter.
Get ready to reacquaint yourself with your inner-child, because retro gaming just got, like, a bazillion times better!