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Entries in iMAME (2)

iCade 8-Bitty retro gaming controller

iCade 8 bitty playing

For those who have lusted after the awesome iCade arcade cabinet but found it to be too expensive and perhaps a little on the large side, the upcoming 8-Bitty by ThinkGeek is just for you. Much smaller and retailing at just $24.99, 8-Bitty looks like a real winner to us. Expect a full review once we get our hands on one, but we can already say that for those that were quick enough to grab the app while it was available, that 8-Bitty looks like the perfect complement to iMAME.

iMAME, the iPad arcade finally arrives!

As we said back in April 2010, "Call us nerds if you like, but the classic 70's and 80's arcade games are a heritage worth preserving, a record of the origins of today's games that needs to be preserved for future generations". By far the most complete code framework for the preservation of that gaming heritage is MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator). Until now MAME has only been available to those with jailbroken iPads. Today that changed.

However, so far it appears that there is no way of side-loading arcade ROMS, hence you are limited to testing the arcade hardware emulation with the 10 basic games that come preinstalled. But how long will it be until some bright spark finds a way to side load more games, and how long after that event will it be until Apple removes iMAME from the App Store? Looking through the iMAME menu items it seems clear to us that this app is a fully featured version of MAME.

What are you doing still reading this? Get iMAME while you still can, the clock is ticking people!

Source: Touch Arcade - The best source for iPad gaming news and reviews.

App Store Link: iMAME (Free)

Further Reading: Games