Forget those ridiculous-looking black add-on smartphone controllers — if you're really looking to add some portable, real-world controls to your gaming experience, pick up the iCade 8-Bitty ($25). Sporting an eerily familiar retro rectangular design, it offers up a D-pad, eight buttons, Bluetooth connectivity, and compatibility with any and all iCade games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Coming later this year.
Remember the iCade, the arcade cabinet for your iPad? Well, it's now got a little sibling, and if you guessed it was for the iPhone and iPod touch, you'd be correct. The iCade Jr. ($TBA) connects to your pocket device via Bluetooth, giving you four buttons on the front, four buttons on the back, and an arcade-style joystick to give you precise control of 100 Atari classics, as well as any other games that've been made with the iCade in mind.
We'll admit it: When we look at our iPhones, the phrase "boy, what this thing really needs is a gaming pistol add-on" isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Yet we're still drawn to the Xappr ($30). This gaming gun features a clamp-like mount to hold your device, which it communicates with via the headphone port, letting you exercise your itchy trigger finger in a variety of games (can you say iLazer Tag?). Holster not included. [via]