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:
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."