Atari Lynx

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:

ItemManufacturerBoxed/loose
Lynx IAtariloose
Lynx IIAtariboxed
Deluxe box Lynx IIAtaribox only
Lynx II Sun visorAtariloose
Comlynx cableAtariloose
Lynx car adapterAtariboxed
Lynx adapter EuropeanAtariboxed
Lynx adapter UKAtariboxed
Lynx battery packAtariloose
Lynx carrying bag bigAtariloose

Software:

TitlePublisherBox sizeBoxed/loose
Awesome golfAtari loose
Batman returnsAtari loose
Baseball heroesAtarinormalboxed
BasketbrawlAtarinormalboxed
BattlewheelsBeyondnormalboxed
Bill & Teds excellent adventureAtarinormalboxed
Blue lightningAtarinormalboxed
Block outAtari loose
California gamesAtarinormalboxed
CasinoAtarinormalboxed
Checkered flagAtarinormalboxed
Chip’s challengeAtarinormalboxed
Crystal Mines IIAtarinormalboxed
DynolimpicsAtarinormalboxed
Dirty LarryAtarinormalboxed
Dracula the undeadAtarinormalboxed
ElectrocopAtari loose
European soccer challengeTelegamesnormalboxed
GauntletAtarinormalboxed
Gates of zendoconAtarilargeboxed
Gates of zendoconAtarinormalboxed
Gordo 106Atarinormalboxed
Hard drivinAtari loose
HockeyAtarinormalboxed
HydraAtarinormalboxed
IshidoAtarinormalboxed
Jimmy Connors tennisAtarinormalboxed
JoustShadowsoftnormalboxed
KlaxAtarinormalboxed
Kung foodAtarinormalboxed
LemmingsAtarinormalboxed
LexusSongbirdcd-caseboxed
Malibu bikini volleybalAtarinormalboxed
Ms. pac manAtarinormalboxed
Ninja GaidenAtari loose
PaclandAtarinormalboxed
PaperboyAtarinormalboxed
Pinball jamAtarinormalboxed
Pit fighterAtarinormalboxed
Power factorAtarinormalboxed
QixTelegamesnormalboxed
RampageAtarinormalboxed
RampartAtarinormalboxed
RoadblastersAtarinormalboxed
Robo-squashAtarinormalboxed
Robotron 2084Atarinormalboxed
RygarAtari loose
Scrapyard dogAtarinormalboxed
Shadow of the beastAtarinormalboxed
ShanghaiAtarinormalboxed
SlimeworldAtarinormalboxed
Steel talonsAtarinormalboxed
Stun runnerAtarinormalboxed
Super skweekAtarinormalboxed
Switchblade IIAtarinormalboxed
TokiAtarinormalboxed
Tournament cyberballAtarinormalboxed
Turbo subAtari loose
Ultimate chess challengeTelegamesnormalboxed
Viking childAtarinormalboxed
WarbirdsAtarinormalboxed
World Class Fussball / SoccerAtarinormalboxed
XenophobeAtari loose
XybotsAtarinormalboxed
Zarlor mercenaryAtarinormalboxed


Magazines:
Nationale Lynx Club Magazine 1, Entertainment Magazine 1