Wikipad, the Android-powered tablet with its own controller, is now available at Best Buy for $199.99, Wikipad, Inc. announced today.
Today's announcement constitutes a $50 price drop from its $249.99 launch price, and other national retailers and other territories will follow suit "in the near future." The Wikipad ships with 16 GB of storage, which is expandable to 32 GB. Games pre-installed on the device include Dead Trigger 2, Hockey Nations and Shadowgun: Dead Zone.
Wikipad, Inc. also announced that the device now supports mapping touch-based games to the Wikipad controller. According to the manufacturer, the Wikipad Controller Assistant will work with "virtually any Android game." The company also maintains a list of controller-supported games on the official Wikipad website.
The Wikipad was first announced as a gaming-focused Android tablet with a 10.1-inch screen. After a launch-day delay in October 2012, it was released in the U.S. in June 2013 as a redesigned 7-inch tablet powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor, compatible with Android and PlayStation Mobile games. It launched last September in the U.K.
In January 2014, Wikipad, Inc. revealed the Gamevice, a detachable gamepad for mobile devices. PAX East 2014 attendees will be able to test out the device.
For more on the Wikipad's path to release and why the 7-inch model launched before the 10-inch version, be sure to read our interview with Fraser Townley, president of Wikipad, Inc.