Atari Lynx

The Atari Lynx is Atari's only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a colour display. The system is notable for its forward-looking features, advanced graphics, and ambidextrous format. The Lynx was released in 1989, the same year as Nintendo's (monochromatic) Game Boy.

The Atari Lynx had several innovative features including it being the first colour handheld, with a backlit display, a switchable right-handed/left-handed (upside down) configuration, and the ability to network with up to 17 other units via its "ComLynx" system (though most games would network eight or fewer players).

The Lynx was also the first gaming console with hardware support for zooming/distortion of sprites, allowing fast pseudo-3D games with unrivalled quality at the time and a capacity for drawing filled polygons with limited CPU intervention.

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The games were originally meant to be loaded from tape, but it changed to using ROM, but the loading didn't change so the data had to be loaded from ROM to RAM before it could be used, thereby eating up memory and making the games slower than necessary.

The system was developed by Epyx as the "Handy" and completed in 1987, at which point Atari bought the rights to it. Atari changed the internal speaker and removed the thumb-stick on the control pad before releasing it as the Lynx two years later, initially retailing in the US at USD $189.95. The two creators of the system, RJ Mical and Dave Needle, were also members of the Amiga design team and much to the frustration of Atari, the Amiga was used as the software development platform.

In 1991, Atari relaunched the Lynx with new packaging, slightly improved hardware, and a new sleek look. The new system (referred within Atari as the "Lynx II") featured rubber hand grips and a clearer backlit colour screen with a power save option. It also replaced the monaural headphone jack of the original Lynx with one wired for stereo.

Though technologically superior to the Game Boy, Nintendo's marketing muscle, domination of 3rd party developers, and quality first party game releases (particularly Tetris) meant the Lynx was soon marginalized. The Lynx also suffered from needing more batteries (six versus four in the original Game Boy) which managed to run down much faster. The more powerful CPU of the Lynx, plus its backlit screen, would drain a set of six AA batteries in only four hours (five to six hours in the Lynx II).

The Lynx was also physically larger than it needed to be; Atari had followed the advice of focus groups who wanted a bigger unit because that gave them "more" for their money (much of the inside of the Lynx's housing was empty air). It also didn't help that the Lynx was sold at a substantially higher price than the Game Boy. By the mid-1990s, the Atari Lynx was no longer widely available.

The Sega Game Gear followed a similar formula to the Atari Lynx, and the Game Gear did fare somewhat better due to stronger marketing and better titles. At the same time, the Game Gear was also plagued by similar problems that hurt the Lynx; higher price, shorter battery life, larger size and the Game Boy's dominance of the portable video game market.

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Shadow of the Beast

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After all the years of torture and waiting, the time has finally come! Now you must go deep within the Beast Lord's dark kingdom and do battle hand-to-hand. Only you can restore the world to light and exact your personal revenge!

Qix

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If you are one of the millions who have grown to know QIX, rest assured that this is a faithful adaptation that includes all the exciting features you have enjoyed in the past and more! Neutralize QIX and its mutant offspring SPARX by claiming their territory before they frag you. Beware of the FUSE and the SPIRAL DEATH TRAP. Over one billion moves and shapes as you are challenged by 256 levels of increasing intensity. You never play the same game twice! Even a practice mode.

Rampage

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Mass destruction has never been so much fun! And arcade superstars Ralph the Wolf, George the Ape, and Lizzie the Lizard make a riotous wrecking crew. So go wild! Crunch the concrete. Trash a trolley. Snack on a soldier. Have an office building for lunch. Go on a RAMPAGE!

Joust

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You don a suit of armour, choose your weapon-a worn but sturdy lance. You climb onto a cyborg ostrich, grab the reins of your faithful mount and fly off to wage battle against the enemy. In the distance you see an enemy vulture appear on a creator pad. You ready your lance and prepare to do battle. As you draw close to the enemy Bounder, you rise above him and prepare to defeat him with a quick swooping attack. You sweep down from the sky and dismount the enemy rider with a powerful blow. You have defeated the enemy... this time.

Hard Drivin

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Make sure you're strapped in tight because Hard Drivin' means just that! Can you beat the clock on the hottest track going? Can you handle jumps, loops, and other stunts and still survive? Can you keep your speed at max without crashing? Yeah? Ok, but, can you take the title away from the Phantom Photon, the Hard Drivin' world's champion?

Atari Lynx Battery Pack Boxed

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We all know that one of the criticisms with the Atari Lynx is the battery life (or lack of it!). Well to save you a fortune on batteries Atari designed this nifty little battery back which can be used instead of normal batteries. Requires a Atari Lynx Supply to charge the pack - we can supply one - they are in the Atari Lynx Hardware section. This item is boxed and in good working order.

Paperboy

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Jump aboard your heavy duty bike for a ride through the burbs. Avoid hazards like motorcycles, brawling dudes, mad dogs and crazed grannies. Bust the windows of those non-customers, deliver to your subscribers and earn big points by mastering the radical training course. Keep it up for a week and you'll get to keep your job!

Gates of Zendocon

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The hideous spider Zendocon captured you and sent you deep into its web of 51 deadly universes. You must survive each universe and its hostile alien inhabitants if you hope to return home. You will find allies along the way. If you can free Zendocon's alien slaves, they will help you search for the Gates that will transport you from one universe to the next. Can you survive Zendocon's challenge? You must survive! Your rewards for success is the chance for sweet revenge - a duel to the death with the evil spider itself!

Atari Lynx Battery Pack Boxed

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The Atari Lynx Battery Pack. This unit can be recharged and allows extended game play while on the move. This item comes boxed, has been tested and works fine.

Atari Lynx Sun Visor Boxed

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The Atari Lynx Sun Visor. Says it all really - an official little add on that clips to your Atari Lynx and protects your screen from the sun, so you can play your console outdoors in the glorious sunny weather! This item is boxed and in good working order

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