Games April, 3rd 2011 by Nick

iCade, arcade gaming on the iPad like it's 1979

Last years ThinkGeek’s April Fools prank is now for real: the iCade cabinet for the iPad. The iCade mixes new technology with old school flair. It’s a miniature housing that is based on the original arcade video games. Place the tablet in the 12 inches tall cabinet and you can play classic games such as Asteroids using a joystick and buttons via a Bluetooth connection.

According to Ion, the iCade “ensures safe loading and unloading of your iPad,” as well as a secure fit. It also positions the iPad at a decent viewing angle for arcade play. The stick and buttons, by the way, will operate via Bluetooth.

The kicker here is that Ion’s business partner, Atari, will be publishing “a huge suite” of classic arcade games to market with the device. In the press release, the only game name-dropped is Asteroids, but I’d imagine that we’ll also see ports of CentipedeTempestMissile CommandCrystal CastlesSuper Breakout, and Gravitar at the very least. Curiously enough, some of these games have already been released by Atari, but were pulled early last year.

The iCade will be available for $99.

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