The Simple iPhone Accessory Every Game Boy Lover Needs

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Let’s face it, touchscreen controls just aren’t the same as old fashioned, plastic buttons. Free emulators on the iPhone make it easy to play classic games, but the D-pad doesn’t translate very well to a touchscreen.

If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic for the days of the Game Boy, an iPhone accessory called the G-pad hopes to give you the best of both worlds.

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The idea came from a dad watching his son struggle to play retro Nintendo games on the iPhone. Instead of a fancy plastic shell that pairs over Bluetooth, the dad decided to make a simple sleeve out of silicone that replicates Game Boy Advance controls.

It looks like there is little room to fail with an accessory this basic, but the success of the G-pad will depend entirely on how it actually feels to use. If the silicon feels solid and the buttons are responsive, it could be great.

The G-pad Indiegogo project just started and the goal is to raise $16,000. A $13 backing gets you one when they go into production, and the final retail price will be $33. Compatible devices include the fifth gen iPod touch, iPhone 5s, 5c, 5. If the goal is reached an iPad mini version will be offered.

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Alex HeathAlex Heath has been a staff writer at Cult of Mac for three years. He is also a co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

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