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The Atari Lynx is a 16-bit handheld game console that was released by Atari Corporation in October 1989 in North America, and Europe and Japan in 1990. The Lynx holds the distinction of being the world’s first handheld electronic game with a color LCD. The system is also notable for its forward-looking features, advanced graphics, and ambidextrous layout. As part of the fourth generation of gaming, the Lynx competed with Nintendo’s Game Boy (released just 2 months earlier), the Sega Game Gear and NEC’s TurboExpress, both released the following year.

The Atari Lynx’s innovative features include being the first color 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). Comlynx was originally developed to run over infrared links (and was codenamed RedEye). This was changed to a cable-based networking system before the final release.

The Lynx was cited as the “first gaming console with hardware support for zooming and distortion of sprites”. Featuring a 4096 color palette and integrated math and graphics co-processors (including a blitter unit), its pseudo-3D color graphics display was said to be the key defining feature in the system’s competition against Nintendo’s monochromatic Game Boy. The fast pseudo-3D graphics features were made possible on a minimal hardware system by codesigner Dave Needle having “invented the technique for planar expansion/shrinking capability” and using stretched, textured, triangles instead of full polygons. These particular features were achieved over a year prior to the launch of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, whose stock hardware features the comparable Mode 7 but which can’t scale sprites.

This is the collection of original hardware and software. None of this collection is for sale. If you have an item which is not on the list, please contact me and maybe we can trade. Donations are welcome too 🙂

Hardware:

TITLE COMPANY PACKAGING
Lynx I Atari loose
Lynx II Atari boxed
Deluxe box Lynx II Atari box only
Lynx II Sun visor Atari loose
Comlynx cable Atari loose
Lynx car adapter Atari boxed
Lynx adapter European Atari boxed
Lynx adapter UK Atari boxed
Lynx battery pack Atari loose
Lynx carrying bag big Atari loose

 

Software:

TITLE PUBLISHER BOX PACKAGING
Awesome golf Atari loose
Batman returns Atari loose
Baseball heroes Atari normal boxed
Basketbrawl Atari normal boxed
Battlewheels Beyond normal boxed
Bill & Teds excellent adventure Atari normal boxed
Blue lightning Atari normal boxed
Block out Atari loose
California games Atari loose
Casino Atari normal boxed
Checkered flag Atari normal boxed
Chip’s challenge Atari normal boxed
Crystal Mines II Atari normal boxed
Dynolimpics Atari normal boxed
Dirty Larry Atari normal boxed
Dracula the undead Atari normal boxed
Electrocop Atari loose
European soccer challenge Telegames normal boxed
Gauntlet Atari normal boxed
Gates of zendocon Atari large boxed
Gates of zendocon Atari normal boxed
Gordo 106 Atari normal boxed
Hard drivin Atari loose
Hockey Atari normal boxed
Hydra Atari normal boxed
Ishido Atari normal boxed
Jimmy Connors tennis Atari normal boxed
Joust Shadowsoft normal boxed
Klax Atari normal boxed
Kung food Atari normal boxed
Lemmings Atari normal boxed
Lexus Songbird cd-case boxed
Malibu bikini volleybal Atari normal boxed
Ms. pac man Atari normal boxed
Pacland Atari normal boxed
Paperboy Atari normal boxed
Pinball jam Atari normal boxed
Pit fighter Atari normal boxed
Power factor Atari normal boxed
Qix Telegames normal boxed
Rampage Atari normal boxed
Rampart Atari normal boxed
Roadblasters Atari normal boxed
Robo-squash Atari normal boxed
Robotron 2084 Atari normal boxed
Rygar Atari loose
Scrapyard dog Atari normal boxed
Shadow of the beast Atari normal boxed
Shanghai Atari normal boxed
Slimeworld Atari normal boxed
Steel talons Atari normal boxed
Stun runner Atari normal boxed
Super skweek Atari normal boxed
Switchblade II Atari normal boxed
Toki Atari normal boxed
Tournament cyberball Atari normal boxed
Turbo sub Atari loose
Ultimate chess challenge Telegames normal boxed
Viking child Atari normal boxed
Warbirds Atari normal boxed
Xenophobe Atari loose
Xybots Atari normal boxed
Zarlor mercenary Atari normal boxed