Atari Lynx

Atari Lynx
Developer: Atari
Released: 1989

Atari Lynx Specifications

Processor: MOS 65SC02 (8-bit)
Processor Speed: 4 MHz
RAM: 64 KB
GPU: Suzy (16-bit custom CMOS chip)
GPU Speed: 16 MHz
Resolution: 160 x 102 pixels
Available Colors: 4,096 (12-bit) palette
Maximum Colors: 16

The Atari lynx is a handheld console that released back in September 1989 by Atari. It is widely recognised as the world’s first electronic game that has a colour LCD screen/

This handheld device has many several innovative features for its time such as the colour screen, a backlit display, and switchable right/left handed configuration and also the ability to network with up to 17 other unites.

While the Atari Lynx started off as successful this eventually started to slow down as more competition came onto the market. Lifetime sales of the Lynx totalled out to be about 7 million units when combined with the game gear. The Gameboy had sold 16 million units by the same time.

The handheld console received good praise by the critics at the time with one critic claiming that it “throws the Gameboy into the prehistoric age” citing the built-in object scaling capabilities and the strong multiplayer system gave it a huge advantage over the Gameboy.


Atari Lynx Emulators


Handy is basically the only Atari LYNX Emulator. It achieves fairly good emulation of the Atari LYNX and comes with debugging tools to help with the development of homebrew.