Color us excited for this one! Gaming peripheral manufacturer, Razer, has announced Junglecat, their new game controller for iOS, effectively giving players the equivalent of an SNES controller that becomes a case for their iPhone. Razer hasn’t explained how it works exactly, but if we’re to speculate, and we will, we’re guessing it works by assigning touch regions to specific buttons. For example the A button is associated with specific screen coordinates so that pressing it tells the iPhone to translate that button press into a screen tap.
Obviously the question of app game comes up, since each game has its own set of controls. Fortunately the Junglecat comes pre-configured to work with over 200 existing games. The controls for each are fully customizable. Whether Junglecat allows you to create your own profiles for games not already preconfigured is currently unknown.
In our opinion, the Razer Junglecat is just begging to be used in conjunction with retro gaming emulators like GBA4IOS. Even if that’s all it could do, we think it’s likely to be well worth the $99 price tag. There is currently no estimated release date, but interested buyers can sign up to be notified of availability here.