Hang on a minute. Retro gaming on my iPad, and I don’t want it? Have I fallen into a bizarre alternate universe or something?
Catch Of The Day is running a special right now — at the time of writing, there’s about five hours left on it — on the Atari Arcade Controller for iPad at only $19.95 plus $6.40 shipping. The Atari Arcade Controller allows you to use an actual joystick with the iPad for some more genuine retro arcade action, and normally I’d be all over that stuff like a greased weasel… presuming that is, that greased weasels like retro games. I’m pretty sure they do.
But there are problems, you see. Two of them, to be precise. The Atari Arcade’s most obvious competitor would be the iCade, and, even leaving aside the fact that I’ve already got one of those, the Atari still isn’t that great a deal. Firstly, it uses the dock connector rather than Bluetooth for connectivity, which means anyone with an iPad Mini or 4th Generation iPad would need to wobble it precariously on a Lightning adaptor. That’s perhaps a minor issue for some, but the bigger one is that the Atari Arcade only works with the Atari Greatest Hits app. There are some great games in that pack… but that’s it. Whereas the iCade offers Bluetooth and works with a whole host of iOS games above and beyond the Atari fare. You’ll pay a little more for the iCade — but it’s well worth it. So in fact, contrary to the video above, it does indeed get better than this.
Source: Catch Of The Day