[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/atarilynx_1439.jpg]] The first color handheld console, and a victim of overreaching.

The Lynx was originally developed by [[{{Amiga}} R.J. Mical and Dave Needle]] for Epyx, under the name "Handy Game". When Epyx faced financial troubles, they partnered with Creator/{{Atari}}, who released it in 1989 with the pack-in "California Games". Its specifications were similar to a TurboGrafx16, with full-color scaling sprite graphics and simultaneous multiplayer support, features far beyond Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s GameBoy. Not only was the screen in color like the {{Sega}} GameGear, but [[BackThatLightUp backlit]] as well. However, the Lynx was bulky, cost twice as much as a Game Boy, and ate six AA batteries in ''four hours'', which helped the Game Boy [[CurbStompBattle win public opinion hands down]]. Atari later re-released the Lynx with a lower price and a much smaller size, but to no avail.

The Lynx did have some interesting features, though. It allowed players to hook up to 17 other Lynx systems via the [=ComLynx=] adapter (though most games only offered up to eight), and even allowed left-handed players to flip the screen upside down (or sideways, which was useful for games such as ''VideoGame/{{Klax}}''), and play the system in that manner. The Lynx also had the ability to scale and rotate sprites -- a full year before Nintendo themselves would do it with Mode 7 technology on the SuperNintendo.

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!!Specifications:

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[[folder: Processors ]]

* [[UsefulNotes/CentralProcessingUnit CPU]]: MOS 6502, 4 [=MHz=].
* [[GraphicsProcessingUnit GPU]]: Custom "Suzy" 16-bit graphics processor with blitter and math coprocessor.

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[[folder: Memory ]]

* 64K RAM.
* Cartridges up to 512K.

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[[folder: Display ]]

* 160x102 resolution.
* 16 colors per scanline from a 4096-color palette.
* The screen can be flipped upside down to accommodate left-handed players, or held vertically for portrait-oriented games.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Sound ]]

* Four channels, 8 bit.

!!Games:
[[index]]
* ''A.P.B.''
* ''Alpine Games''
* ''Awesome Golf''
* ''Baseball Heroes''
* ''Basketbrawl''
* ''Batman Returns''
* ''Battle Wheels''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlezone1980}} Battlezone 2000]]''
* ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure''
* ''Block Out''
* ''Blue Lightning''
* ''Bitchy''
* ''Bubble Trouble''
* ''California Games''
* ''CGE 5th''
* ''Championship Rally''
* ''Checkered Flag''
* ''VideoGame/ChipsChallenge''
* ''Crystal Mines II''
* ''Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure''
* ''Cybervirus''
* ''Cyberball''
* ''DesertStrike''
* ''Dinolympics''
* ''Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop''
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''
* ''Dracula the Undead''
* ''Dragnet''
* ''Electro Cop''
* ''European Soccer Challenge''
* ''Fat Bobby''
* ''Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge''
* ''Gates of Zendocon''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}} Gauntlet: The Third Encounter]]''
* ''Gordo 106''
* ''Hard Drivin'''
* ''Hockey''
* ''Hydra''
* ''Hyperdome''
* ''Ishido: The Way of the Stones''
* ''Jimmy Connors' Tennis''
* ''{{Joust}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Klax}}''
* ''Krazy Ace Miniature Golf''
* ''Kung Food''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}''
* ''Lexis''
* ''Loopz''
* ''Lynx Casino''
* ''Lynx Othello''
* ''Poker''
* ''Malibu Bikini Volleyball''
* ''Marlboro Go!''
* ''[[{{Pac-Man}} Ms. Pac-Man]]''
* ''NFL Football''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''
** ''Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom''
* ''[[{{Pac-Man}} Pac-Land]]''
* ''{{Paperboy}}''
* ''Pinball Jam''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pit-Fighter}}''
* ''Poker Mania''
* ''Ponx''
* ''Power Factor''
* ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}''
* ''Rampart''
* ''Remnant''
* ''Road Blasters''
* ''Robo-Squash''
* ''{{Robotron 2084}}''
* ''{{Rygar}}''
* ''Scrapyard Dog''
* ''SFX''
* ''ShadowOfTheBeast''
* ''Shanghai''
* ''S.I.M.I.S.''
* ''Sokomania''
* ''Steel Talons''
* ''S.T.U.N. Runner''
* ''Super {{Asteroids}} & MissileCommand''
* ''Super Off-Road''
* ''Super Skweek''
* ''Switchblade II''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} T-Tris]]''
* ''Todd's Adventures in Slime World''
* ''VideoGame/{{Toki}}''
* ''Tournament Cyberball''
* ''Turbo Sub''
* ''Viking Child''
* ''Warbirds''
* ''World Class Fussball / Soccer''
* ''Xenophobe''
* ''Xybots''
* ''Yastuna 1 - The Alchemy of Cubes''
* ''Yastuna 2 - The Space Incident''
* ''Zaku''
* ''Zarlor Mercenary''
[[/index]]
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