A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there was a time when kids would leave their homes if they wanted to play video games. They would gather at gaming cafes, then called “arcades,” to drop coins into the large wooden boxes that housed individual games such as Ms. Pacman, Street Fighter or Frogger. Yes, we hope you remember this time, because we sure do and miss it too.
Ion has moved to bring back the “arcade” concept with their iCade iPad dock. The box turns your iPad into a miniature version of the gaming cabinets of old. And though it won’t get you out of the house or put you into any sort of social situations, the dock’s Bluetooth joystick kit will still give you that nostalgic arcade feeling while playing your retro games.
The only complaint I have is that it only allows your iPad to sit in the portrait position rather than giving the option for either orientation. But I’m sure Atari and others will be taking this into consideration when developing games to play through the iCade.
And if you can’t find the game you’re looking for in Atari’s library, Ion says new and existing apps can be “easily updated to work with iCade.”
Ion plans to release the dock in late spring this year for about $100.
[Engadget via Ion Audio]
ION ANNOUNCES iCADE, ARCADE CABINET FOR iPad
Retro-styled Cabinet Brings the Arcade Experience to the iPad.
Cumberland, R.I. (Jan. 6, 2010) – ION (www.ionaudio.com), a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics and entertainment technology, announces iCADE, an arcade-style game controller designed for iPad. ION will exhibit iCADE at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), booth #12638, in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 6 – 9.
Flashback to the glory days of gaming with iCADE. iCADE puts your iPad into an authentic, mini arcade cabinet complete with full-sized joystick and arcade-style buttons. Impress your friends, family and co-workers with iCADE’s great-looking retro design, and then challenge them for high-scores on the most entertaining iPad accessory imaginable. ION is excited about partnering with ThinkGeek on the execution of their concept for this must-have iPad gaming accessory.
iCADE’s specially designed cradle ensures safe loading and unloading of your iPad, while also providing a solid, secure fit even during the most intense game-play sessions. Furthermore, the cradle offers an ideal screen-viewing angle and quickly allows iCADE’s top-quality arcade controls to interact with your iPad via Bluetooth. Once your iPad is in place, simply launch an iCade compatible App and it’s game on!
ION has partnered with Atari®, the first name in classic arcade games, to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids® to market with iCade support built right in. Grab hold of iCADE’s full-sized joystick and smash the arcade buttons for commanding control of iPad’s on-screen action. This truly unique arcade cabinet and game-controller for iPad will provide hours of action and nostalgia for years to come. Enter the iCADE and go back to the future.