Have you been asking Santa for an arcade cabinet for the past 30 years and every Christmas you wake to look under the tree just to be disappointed yet again? Maybe that's just me, but if you have a similar longing for some button mashing action then I have something that just might ease the pain a bit.

Thinkgeek, the folks responsible for playing us for fools with their awesome iPad arcade cabinet April Fool's joke, and then making it all better by turning it into a real thing called the iCade the following year, has released yet another model of iCade in 2012. It's called the iCade Jr. and it's a miniaturized, adorable-ized version of the regular iCade for your iPhone or iPod touch. It works just like the big version, connecting via Bluetooth to one of hundreds of available games in the App Store that have iCade support built in.

It seems like more of a novelty type thing rather than a hardcore gaming controller, but at its current sale price of $9.99, which is 80% off the regular price of $49.99, it fits perfectly into the novelty item budget zone.

The product description specifically notes that the iCade Jr. is built for a secure fit with an iPhone 4/4S or 4th generation iPod touch, but it will work with the taller iPhone 5 if you leave the top lid flipped open. Not ideal, but I'll take it, and more than likely this will just be my new home for my now retired iPhone 4S. It's just so cute, I have to have one. And ten bucks is super impulse-buy friendly.

Not to try and strain your wallet any further, but I should mention that the iCade Jr. sale is just one part of a massive Winter Clearance sale that Thinkgeek is throwing, and if you're going to order an iCade anyway you might as well flip through all the other cool things they've got on sale. I mean, you might as well just look, right?

Link to Thinkgeek Website: iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone, $9.99

  • regkilla

    How long this sale going on for?

    • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

      I think the question may be more of how long they'll have stock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1213952519 Raphael Salgado

    Anyone have a pic or video with the iPhone 5 in place and lid resting on it?

    • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

      Good question. A quick Google Image search didn't turn up much.

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    $6.54 shipping for me unless the order is $75+. Oh well, would be great for the novelty at $10, though I suppose a little over $15 ain't all that bad really.

  • http://www.galleytech.com Galley

    I've got an iPhone 5, and already own the full-size iCade, but at that price, how could I pass it up?

    • http://www.mozzarellashop.it MasviL

      Do you really use full-size iCade with iPhone?

      • http://www.galleytech.com Galley

        No, I have an iPad 3 for that.

  • http://twitter.com/Wingo86 Brian Vo

    Will this fit an iphone/iPod touch 4 with a case on? Or will I need to have it naked in the icade jr?

    • Murderin Murphy

      My 4S has a bumper case and fits perfectly!

  • http://twitter.com/dezign999 François

    I'm out of town for the holiday, but this CAN be modded with a Dremel tool to fit the iPhone 5 perfectly. I'll post pics and details tomorrow. I've basically turned it into the coolest iPhone 5 dock on the planet. Total mod time was about an hour, including figuring it out. If I were to do it again, I'd say 30 minutes tops this time. Prolly gonna buy another at this price just to have another "dock" at the office :)

  • lestephan

    fuuuuuck, shipping to holland is 26 dollars :'(

    • lestephan

      anyone know how long this sale will last?
      i may wanna pick it up anyways

  • js

    I wonder how easy it would be to saw the top off. Maybe It could be modded into a cool (and cheap bluetooth controller) hmm...

  • aphextwin007

    Thanks! Just ordered one for my iphone 5!

  • sdefranco1

    Doesn't support the iPhone 5. Boo. Ok well maybe it does, if you flip the top part open- but I imagine that wouldn't look right.

    • DaveySmith

      It supports the 5 the lid rests on it

  • http://twitter.com/Wingo86 Brian Vo

    Heads up the joystick is 4 way. Not sure how well it'll translate for SHMUP games.

    • lestephan

      wow seriously? that would REALLY suck.
      if thats the case im glad i havent ordered one yet :)

  • dariusjr98

    It looks cool, but very uncomfortable to play on...

  • MardeeT

    No longer on sale, $19 on website now.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cdoty2 Charles Doty

    It has really poor Bluetooth support. I have connection issues with a Gingerbread phone, an ICS tablet, and a Windows PC.