The first ever colour portable system and it's 16-bit too!
StarSoldier's beautiful Lynx Collection, Raiden is actually a late
release in 1999 so that's why it looks so funny.
"You can tell Atari is angry now, eh?" Back in 1989 they released
a gaming system far superior to the weak black and white Gameboy
by their arch rival Nintendo; the system was called the Atari Lynx.
The games for the Lynx looked absolutely incredible because of the Lynx's
powerful 16-bit processor and cool 3D hardware capabilities (which was
pretty amazing considering it was made in 1989). Atari was certainly
ready to crush Nintendo's Game boy in the late 80's but Atari's bad
luck (like their 5200, 7800, and XE failures) would sadly continue.
So what was the problem? There just weren’t enough Lynx games
to go around or the big company names like a Capcom, a Taito, or a Konami
to help keep the Lynx alive in the long run. Also the size of the Lynx
is hardly considered portable anymore; it’s the size of four Gameboy Colour's or four Gameboy Advances
(about the same size as the Sega
Game Gear). If all that wasn't enough the Atari Lynx
could eat your battery life in under four hours, and it needs six AA's
to run it too. It's going to cost a lot of money just to play it on
the go. The system also would have done better if there were more support from
Atari themselves, when the Jaguar was being announced in 1993
they basically forget about their Lynx and so did retailers.
Although the Lynx had it problems it also had some truly unique features too
like, anybody who is Left Handed will love the lynx's flip screen feature,
so the unit can be reserved (name any system that supports 'Lefties')
just by pressing down the option 2 button. You can also save your battery
life without turning off the system by just shutting off the screen,
which is great because most Lynx games do not support any back up memory
and this lets you take a break from the game if needed. Also compare
some of the stunning games like Blue Lightning to any of early Game boy
more generic titles like Alleyway.
Bottomline: Buy a Lynx just to see what the first ever colour portable
unit actually looks like and to see what Ninja
Gaiden was like in the arcades. There are still some
hardcore game developers that still make games for the ol' Lynx, visit
www.telegames.com to see for yourself. If
you're a fan of those classic Atari arcade games like S.T.U.N. Runner,
Steel Talons, Paperboy, Klax, and others then don't miss your chance
to play them on the go!
Overall Lynx rating: 70/100 the Lynx was cool then, but it's
Find the Atari Lynx on eBay here!
Rare Scale: 4/10 this system is still cheap in some places but
not too wide spread.
Common Lynx games:
Rarest Lynx games:
Ninja Gaiden I & III
StarSoldier's Top Ten
(I only own a few
of these games so some bad ones made the list too)
2. BLUE LIGHTNING
3. NINJA GAIDEN
4. GATES OF ZENDOCON
5. MS. PAC MAN
6. NINJA GAIDEN III The ancient ship of Doom
7. S.T.U.N. RUNNER
9. DOUBLE DRAGON
Runner up: RAIDEN
Runner up: KUNG FOOD
Runner up: QIX
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