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iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet



Didn’t think you needed an iPad? Think again!

When the iPad was announced, we all crammed into a conference room to watch live and drool over every shiny corner and reflecty icon. After the glow of the initial announcement wore off, many of us came to the conclusion that the iPad was actually pretty useless. “It’s a giant iPhone!” some said. Others exclaimed, “WTF, no Flash!?”. Still, we knew that most Apple fanbots (us included) would have to have one anyway.

Knowing that many of our loyal geeky customers would eventually get their retractable claws on an iPad at some point, we knew we needed to take it to the next level. What cool things could we do with the iPad that you, our lovely geek customers, would squee over? A few brainstorming sessions later, the idea of a MAME cabinet came up and we knew we’d struck gold. How cool would it be to slide your iPad into a desktop-sized arcade cabinet and rock it old school with some Battlezone or Tempest?

Enter the iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet! To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the cradle. The iCADE uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad so there’s nothing else you need to do. You’re ready to “insert coin” and game on!

To bring the iCADE to life, ThinkGeek has partnered with ION. Atari, the first name in classic arcade games, also signed up to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids to market with iCADE support built right in.


6 thoughts on “iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet

  1. retroshaman says:

    Funny I was only talking about this the weekend with one of my mates. I’ve watched a few YouTube vids on this and it looks very pretty. If I had an ipad i’d defo invest.

    Something that may be interesting to some is that it’s also compatible with an android tablet, the Motorola xoom. Don’t know if it’s compatible with any other android tabs though.

    All I need now is a tablet, mame4all and my wife’s blessing……well, I can dream anyways! lol

  2. malc1976 says:

    I had a play with this in Pcworld and wile the idear is cool the quality of the joystick and buttons is really cheap not arcade quality.
    Saying that i bet you could mod it to have decent joystick and buttons.

  3. malc1976 says:

    Its overpriced between £60 to £70 i could build one myself if i had a bluetooth controller to hack and have real arcade quality joystick and buttons and would be compatible with an android tablet aswell.

  4. Dean Swain says:

    I’ve got one (managed to pick one up second hand at a nice price) and they are pretty cool.

  5. malc1976 says:

    Dont get me wrong i really like the idear its just that there claiming to have arcade quality joystick and buttons and they arnt thats what i dont like.
    If you can get one cheap then fair play to you 🙂 there cool.

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