Useful Notes / WonderSwan
'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: