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iCade

  1. iCade, The iPad Arcade Cabinet, Is Now a Reality

    Remember the iCade, the iPad-powered arcade cabinet with which ThinkGeek buoyed our nerdy hopes on April Fool's Day, only to crush them thereafter? Well, OhGizmo!'s Andrew Liszewski confirms from CES that it has become an actual, real product, thanks to ION Audio and Atari, that it "feels just fantastic," equipped with more buttons than the original ThinkGeek mockup, and that it will be coming soon for $100. ION:
    The arcade action starts with the retro-gaming classic Asteroids and continues with many other Atari arcade titles. In addition to the extensive Atari library, new and existing apps can be easily updated to work with iCADE. Grab hold of iCADE's full-sized joystick and smash the eight arcade buttons for commanding control of iPad's on-screen action.
    If the iCade has you involuntarily salivating, also check out ThinkGeek's JOYSTICK-IT, a wireless, battery-less joystick for iPads and other tablet devices. (via OhGizmo! | ThinkGeek)

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  2. SNES, N64 Emulation may be Coming to iPad

    If ThinkGeek ever does get around to making that real-life iCade, it looks like you just may have something to do with it (if you don't mind voiding your iPad warranty and pissing off Nintendo): ZodTTD, the programmer who brought us classic gaming emulators for the iPhone like snes4iphone, psx4iphone, and gameboy4iphone, has unleashed a demo video of an un-jailbroken iPad playing Mario Kart. On Twitter, ZodTTD also posted a picture of an associate playing Super Mario 64 on a jailbroken iPad:

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  3. ThinkGeek: Real-Life iCade is “A Possibility.” Can April Fools’ Dreams Come True?

    Of all of the April Fools' Day jokes that flooded the Internet yesterday, few inspired as much excitement as ThinkGeek's iCade, an '80s style classic arcade cabinet to put around the iPad, letting you play games on it with a "Professional grade arcade stick and microswitch buttons rated for 10,000,000 uses." Too bad it wasn't real.

    SlashGear called the iCade a "fake with real promise." Engadget editor-in-chief Joshua Toplovsky tweeted out "man, I SO want the iCade to be real!" Waxy said it was "particularly cruel, because it's an awesome idea that needs to exist." You get the picture.

    Well, we got in touch with the good people at ThinkGeek, who confirmed that the iCade has "been our most posted, tweeted and blogged about product this April Fools," and while they wouldn't make any promises and said that making one IRL would pose some technical issues, a real-life iCade is "a possibility."

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