Atari Lynx 16-Bit Portable Color Video Game System
The Atari Lynx is the world’s first full-color portable video game system introduced in October, 1989. It featured a 16-Bit graphics engine, 8-player connectivity, and a blistering 4,096 color palate. (Game Gear had 32. Game Boy didn’t have any.) It’s also the first game system that supported expanding and shrinking of sprites. The Atari Lynx was so far ahead of its time, it took 12 years before anyone bettered it. The Lynx initially came packaged with California Games, Comlynx cable, and a nicely-crafted protective pouch to shield Lynx from the elements. California Games featured four different games in one card – BMX, Footbag, Skateboarding, and Surfing. Atari introduced a newly redesigned Lynx in 1991 that was smaller, sleeker, and retailed for $99.