The Atari Lynx: History, Launch, and Failure

Why did the GameBoy succeed over the more powerful and color screen of the Atari Lynx? Today, let’s deep dive into the history and failure of the first handheld gaming device, the Atari Lynx, and get to the bottom of what befell this promising console.

Facts About the Atari Lynx

– It was the first handheld game console to launch with a color LCD screen. – The Lynx was released in 1989, the same year as the Nintendo GameBoy.

Atari Lynx Specs

Developer: Atari Manufacturer: Epyx Release Date: September 1, 1989 Gaming Generation: Fourth generation Lifespan: 1989-1995 Price: $179

Signs of Failure

Many people initially place the blame on the size of the Atari Lynx. It was, to put it mildly, bulky. At 10 inches in length, 4.25 inches high, and 1.5 inches wide, it was big—much larger than the GameBoy and Sega’s Game Gear.

The Atari Lynx Versions: Each Edition

– Atari Lynx – Atari Lynx II

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