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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Atari Lynx Comlynx Cable Boxed

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The Atari Lynx Comlynx Cable. Used for connecting together two Atari Lynx consoles for head to head battles in compatible games. Very hard to find - especially boxed! This item is boxed and in good working order.

Atari Lynx Carry Case Loose

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The Atari Lynx Official Carry Case. Hard Wearing fabric carry case to protect your Atari Lynx when it's not in use. Has the official Atari Lynx Logo sewn onto the cover. This item is unboxed.

Atari Lynx Battery Pack Loose

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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 unboxed, has been tested and and comes with the shoulder strap.

Atari Lynx AC Adapter Boxed

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The Atari Lynx AC Adapter. We all know that one of the criticisms with the handheld consoles is the battery life (or lack of it!). Thankfully, there is an AC adapter which means that no longer do you have to worry about the batteries failing just as you are about to finish your favourite game! This item is boxed and in good working order.

Atari Lynx 1 Console Loose

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The Atari Lynx 2 Video Computer System. The Atari Lynx was the world's first hand-held colour video game system, offering true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action. This console comes loose without instructions. This is the second generation of Lynx consoles. The console has been tested and works fine.

Atari Lynx 1 Console Boxed

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The Atari Lynx Video Computer System. The Atari Lynx was the world's first hand-held colour video game system, offering true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action. This console comes boxed, has been tested and works fine.

Atari Lynx 2 Console Loose

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The Atari Lynx 2 Video Computer System. The Atari Lynx was the world's first hand-held colour video game system, offering true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action. This console comes loose without instructions. This is the second generation of Lynx consoles. The console has been tested and works fine.

Atari Lynx 2 Console Boxed

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The Atari Lynx 2 Video Computer System. The Atari Lynx was the world's first hand-held colour video game system, offering true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action. This console comes boxed with instructions. This is the second generation of Lynx consoles. The console has been tested and works fine.

Atari Lynx 2 Batman Console Boxed

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The Atari Lynx Video Computer System. The Atari Lynx was the world's first hand-held colour video game system, offering true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action. This console comes boxed with instructions. This console comes packaged with Batman game. This is the second generation of Lynx consoles. The console & game has been tested and works fine.

Klax

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Klax will make you move fast and think fast. Catch coloured tiles as they come down the conveyor belt and arrange them in stacks of threes, vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Sounds easy? It is until they come tumbling so fast it'll drive you crazy trying to catch them all!

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