11 Facts About Atari Lynx


Atari Lynx system was originally developed by Epyx as the Handy Game.

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Atari Lynx developers have noted that "there is still reference of the tape and some hardware addresses" and an updated vintage Epyx manual describes the bare existence of what could be utilized for tape support.

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Atari Lynx changed the internal speaker and removed the thumb stick on the control pad.

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In late 1991, it was reported that Atari Lynx sales estimates were about 800, 000, which Atari Lynx claimed was within its expected projections.

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In July 1991, Atari introduced the Lynx II with a new marketing campaign, new packaging, slightly improved hardware, better battery life, and a new sleeker look.

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In 1993, Atari started shifting its focus away from the Lynx in order to prepare for the launch of the Jaguar; a few games were released during that time, including Battlezone 2000.

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Atari Lynx's features include being the first color handheld, with a backlit display, a switchable right- and left-handed configuration, and the ability to network with up to 15 other units via its Comlynx system (though most games network eight or fewer players).

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Each Atari Lynx needs a copy of the game, and one cable can connect two machines.

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Atari Lynx was cited as the "first gaming console with hardware support for zooming and distortion of sprites".

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Atari Lynx was reviewed in 1990 in Dragon, which gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

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On May 14, 1999, Hasbro, which held on to those properties until selling Hasbro Interactive to Infogrames in 2001, released into the public domain all the rights relating to the Atari Lynx Jaguar, declaring it an open platform and allowing anyone to freely create and publish software for the Jaguar without the need of a license.

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