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The first color handheld console, and a victim of overreaching.

The Lynx was released in 1989, with specs similar to a Turbo Grafx 16, far beyond Nintendo's Game Boy. Its screen was not only color like the later Game Gear, but backlit. However, the Lynx cost twice as much as a Game Boy and ate six AA batteries in four hours. The Game Boy won hands down. Atari re-released the Lynx with a lower price and a much smaller size, but to no avail.



  • CPU: MOS 6502, 4 MHz
  • GPU: Custom "Suzy" 16-bit graphics processor with blitter and math coprocessor


  • 64K RAM
  • Cartridges up to 512K


  • 160x102 resolution
  • 16 colors per scanline from a 4096-color palette


  • Four channels, 8 bit


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  • Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure
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    • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
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