This arrived just in time for the weekend.
8-Bitty joypad, a Bluetooth controller for iPhone, iPad, Android and PC devices.
On iOS deviceswhy he 8-Bitty uses the iCade SDK therefore any supported apps will work with it…including, most of all, those wonderful old school console emulators by Robert Broglia, MAME, Final Burn and Manomio’s Commodore 64 emulator…and I’m sure, a ton of others too.
There’s no mistaking which classic controller the 8-Bitty is styled on so maybe a new label is in order as the first gen iCade artwork isn’t exactly great.
Quick n dirty photoshop mock-up
You’ll note that there are two shoulder buttons on the 8-bitty similarly to the Snes pad. Personally I would have gone with Snes pad style modelling as its a much better controller to handle with its rounded corners as opposed to the NES brick that the designers of the 8-Bitty decided to go for. Still, there’s mistaking it’s retro appeal.
The first thing I noticed when unboxing the pad was the physical on/off slider button on the back. A nice feature which should prevent accidentally switching it on and draining the (aaa x2) batteries when it’s in your pocket.
It’s quite a light controller and does feel a bit plasticky. The buttons seem responsive but the d-pad is very cheap looking and appears to be be on a rocker rather than individual contacts. I say appears as until I crack this open I won’t be sure. Who knows how well it will handle complex commands like Street Fighter 2 super moves.
Connecting to my iPad was a breeze, hold the pads two middle buttons together for four seconds activates the pairing mode.
…and it simply works……..really REALLY well!
There’s no lag, its responsive and when tested, the d-pad actually works better than it looks including pulling off those special moves.
For supported emulators/apps just pick the iCade controller option and away you go. You can, of course remap any of the buttons to your liking with most emulators.
At only $29.99 the 8-Bitty is a must for tablet owning retro gamers longing for a physical controller to play their favourite classics on the go. Can we have a dual stick version next? 🙂