I would say the core, because it still feels like an arcade machine, but its much more mobile. I have three iCades, and the core is the most used. The iCade mobile has good mapping, but the buttons are not clicky enough. Most of the time it isn't very responsive. 8-bitty (which I don't have, just going off what I've heard) feels really good, is responsive, and in my opinion looks really nice, but the mapping is awful. You can't go wrong with the original or the core though. Core is better for me though because I can play it wherever I want to on my lap.
I have the original iCade. It's pretty good looking. The buttons are clicky like the old arcade machines, and when you put your iPad inside the cabinet it'll actually bump up the sound just a bit. But it's huge, so make sure you have enough space for it. This is a device you put stationary on your desk, and it looks very cool. But after a while, I decided that I want a mobile controller.
I thought of the iCade Core, but it's too similar to the original iCade minus the cabinet. iCade Mobile is specifically designed for the iPhone and iPod, and I want something for the iPad. iCade 8-bitty looks awesome, but the mapping is pretty awful from what I read.
So just today, I ordered the Nyko Playpad Pro from Amazon. It's an Android controller, but it has an iCade Mode. There are plenty of reviews for it as an Android controller, but no one on the internet mentions how it maps for iCade games! So when I receive this, I'll update my post to tell you everyone how the mappings work.
I highly recommend the icade core for its portability, correct button mapping unlike the 8 bitty, and ease of use with hdmi tv.
Originally Posted by Adams Immersive
I'm looking forward to my iCade Core (already love the full iCade), and if I had more gamer friends it would be the ideal unit: the iCade + iOS device + HDML cable easily go in a bag to game on someone else's TV.
I'm looking forward to hearing some feedback on your new Icade core joystick with your hdmi projector system. There aren't too many people yet like you and I with a full console ios system with bluetooth joysticks, and it is cool to hear that you have a projector, wish I had one.
Kinda funny how I kinda shifted into your camp - the icade thread, and you have shifted into our camp - the hdmi thread. Opposite approaches to where we are, but nonetheless, the same great exact place - a full blown console with bigscreen and bluetooth joysticks. Totally sexy.
But yes, the icade core's strength is it's portability, ease of use, and ability to use in your lap with or without your ipad. It makes a wonderful bluetooth joystick, yesterday, I was playing a bit on my xbox, and I kept thinking, man, my icade core is so much better than an xbox controller.
Can you believe that??? I would have been shocked to hear me saying that 6 months ago, but it is true. My icade core joystick is so much funner to play than my xbox controller. The feel, size, stick, buttons, do not compare on the xbox controller.
Plus I like how it fits on my lap without the ipad in it. It is light, and fun, just like an old arcade. I can also play with my ipad on a tripod on a table, then put the icade core in my lap. It is sexy.
Bah, forget the xbox, playing with it really made me realize how wonderful an Icade Core is. Played one hour of Metal Slug X, and man, that joystick and buttons are heavenly. But my finger hurt from the button mashing though hehe.
And the best part is, it is portable, take it to the library, take it to your friends house, let your friends borrow it, play it while on the john!