If the successes of games like Angry Birds and projects such as Ouya have taught us anything, it's that mobile gaming is on the rise. And with hardware advancements in mobile devices getting better and better, there's no stopping the mobile gaming movement. Unfortunately for the console-minded, there's just something about flicking and poking touchscreens that can't hold up to a good old controller.
Projects such as OnLive, Ouya and a number of smartphone-capable controllers may remedy this setback, but none of them do it with such a retro flare as the GameDock created by the Oregon-based Cascadia Games. The project landed on Kickstarter just a month ago, but the funding goal of $50,000 has already been surpassed with 15 days to go at the time of this writing.
While the Ouya system provides users with a sleek interface and cutting edge controllers, GameDock provides an awesomely nostalgic gaming experience in the form of NES-like controllers and retro-flavored gaming options. All you need to do is place your iDevice in the dock like an old-school cartridge, hook the system up via an HDMI port and you are good to go.
GameDock allows up to two controllers and is compatible with a large number of iCade apps (with no more than two action and menu buttons). In addition, the team is working on a dashboard app to compile a neat list of all compatible games. While there may be a few other options when it comes to getting your retro gaming fix such as emulator apps, GameDock does it all in a neat little package. If you act before August 16, you can get your own GameDock for $100, or one with two controllers and an HDMI cable for $125.