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Useful Notes: WonderSwan
Bandai's entrant into the handheld console market which never received a release in the United States. In style, it looks like somebody crossed an iMac of the era (Bondi Blue!) with a Game Boy. It came in a multitude of colors, and eventually got an upgrade with the WonderSwan Color and another upgrade with the SwanCrystal.

The system was the brainchild of Gunpei Yokoi, father of the Game Boy, who was unhappy with being Kicked Upstairs at the Big N after the failure of Virtual Boy (which was the company's fault for making him release it early) and accordingly left for their main competitor. Unfortunately, after Yokoi's untimely death in a car crash, the project kinda lost momentum...at a point when Nintendo was releasing the Game Boy Advance, which eclipsed the WonderSwan family quite quickly and in the end Yokoi's last creation never reached western shores.

The system gave Nintendo the first thing like a challenge in Japan's portable market indeed, it's believed that the success of the WonderSwan (Color) gave the Big N just enough of a nudge to release the Game Boy Advance so quickly on the heels of the Game Boy Color.

Games for the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color:


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alternative title(s): Wonderswan Color
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