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Lynx/Lynx II

Atari's first (and only) handheld console was released in 1989. Unfortunately for Atari though, Nintendo had recently released their all conquering Game Boy. Despite being technologically superior, the Lynx just couldn't compete.

Originally developed by software publisher Epyx and named Handy (which is also the name of one of the machines best emulators), financial difficulties meant a development partner was needed. A deal was agreed which would see Atari manufacture and market the machine while Epyx handled software development.

The Lynx was far more powerful than the Game Boy, using custom chips and benefiting from a 3.5" colour screen. It also had a duplicate set of buttons and the ability to flip the screen which meant it could be used left handed. However, the better specs meant that the Lynx could drain its batteries in just 4 hours! Sales were steady, but nothing like those of the cheaper Game Boy.

In 1991 a redesigned Lynx II arrived, featuring a backlit screen and stereo sound output. Battery life improved 25% to around 5 hours and a price drop to $99 helped sales but by this time the Lynx was already a long way behind. With Atari's popularity on the slide and the release of Sega's Game Gear in America and Europe the same year, which received numerous games already popular on Sega's home consoles, the Lynx was relegated to a distant third in the handheld battle.

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Friday 8th November 2013
Joop

I found one of these in my room while my dad and I were unpacking (Someone left it? My dad had one?) It had two cartridges, California Games and Baseball. I regret selling it at Play n'' Trade. Reading this brough back a memory of finding it. It was a LYNX 1. I love Atari, They allways know how to make history!

          
Saturday 1st October 2011
John

I found one of these in my room while my dad and I were unpacking (Someone left it? My dad had one?) It had two cartridges, California Games and Baseball. I regret selling it at Play n'' Trade. Reading this brough back a memory of finding it. It was a LYNX 1. I love Atari, They allways know how to make history!

          
Saturday 1st October 2011
John

 

NAME  Lynx/Lynx II
MANUFACTURER  Atari
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  September 1989
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  8-way d-pad, 2x A button 2x B button, Option 1, Option 2
Power On button, Power Off button, Backlight button (Lynx II)
CPU  Mikey (16 MHz 16 bit custom chip, 3.6 MHz 8 bit MOS 65C02 CPU, SPU, Video DMA)
CO-PROCESSOR  Suzy (16 MHz 16 bit blitter, GPU & math processor)
RAM  64 KB DRAM
ROM  512 bytes
GRAPHIC MODES  160x102
COLORS  4096 palette, 16 colours per scanline
SOUND  4 channel mono (Lynx II stereo), 8 bit DAC per channel
SIZE / WEIGHT  10.75" x 4.25" x 1.5" (Lynx)
9.25" x 4.5" x 2" (Lynx II)
I/O PORTS  Cartridge, Headphone jack, ComLynx
MEDIA  Cartridge, 512 KB max.
NUMBER OF GAMES  75
POWER SUPPLY  6x AA batteries/9 volt DC power adapter
PERIPHERALS  Carry case, ComLynx, Power adapter
PRICE  $189.95 (U.S.A. 1989)


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