The faux wood paneling on the sides as well as a pair of shoulder triggers are new, but the rest of the setup (four face buttons, select, start and classic D-Pad) looks vintage and fits perfectly in a shirt pocket.
Tap into the app: As you can imagine, retro is the key word here, and the compatible selection of iPhone and iPad challenges available at the iTunes store tap into the history of video gaming.
My favorite is Atari Greatest Hits for the iPad, which offers a free version of Missile Command and four-game packs (99 cents each). Big holiday spenders can drop $9.99 and get all 100 games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest and Battlezone.
Also, grab the Activision Anthology ($6.99) and enjoy 45 games from the 2600 console days, including Pitfall, River Raid and Stampede.
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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