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Developed by software company Epyx under the codename Handy, the Lynx project was excitedly taken over by Atari who correctly forsore that the market was ripe for a handheld games console. Unfortunately, Atari managed to bugger it all up. Now there’s a shocker.

Although the 16-bit Lynx was the more powerful than both the black and white Nintendo Game Boy and colour Sega Game Gear, the Lynx’ impact on the gaming scene was very limited. The most commonly cited complaint was that the Lynx’ high quality backlit screen quickly ate through the six AA batteries that were needed to power the machine. In addition the rather lumpy Lynx could hardly be described as pocket sized – especially when compared with the svelte Game Boy.

In recognition of these problems Atari released the Lynx II, a repackaged Lynx in a slightly smaller case and a button to turn off the back light and preserve those precious Duracells.

The Games

Epyx converted a number of titles for the Lynx, and a version of their popular title California Games was bundled with the original machines. Tengen also ensured that Atari’s arcade games were converted to the Lynx.

People

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Major events

1990
US launch price: $149.95, inc. California Games
September 1990
UK launch price: £179.95, inc. California Games

Emulators

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Features

65SC02 16bit CPU
64K RAM
Graphics: 160×102 resolution, 4096 colour palette
‘Flip-screen’ feature for left handed players