Ahh, I dont even know where to start, this handheld
Probably one of the most short lived devices.. yet in my eyes, was one of the BEST of its time, Game Gear was nice.. but lacked alot. Like a working AC slot that wouldnt die out after awhile.. and it had the worst battery life.
Lynx, I used to play ALOT, graphics was CLEAR, had FUN games like Californa Games, Pac Man just to name a few, plus this was the ONLY handheld I saw that EVER had left handed support! You could actually flip the screen around to make it left handed mode, putting the D-Pad to the right hand.
That and having a backlight was a PLUS, to be able to turn off the screen. The Lynx didnt have killer apps or so, but in my time, I used this ALOT when I went traveling.. while everyone else had Gameboys! HAH! I remember playing alot on mine.. was very fun, I wish I would remember how I felt when I first turned it on and so.. I DO know I had the pouch case.
Which was a HUGE help! I was BARELY able to fit the AC adapter in there, along with my 3 games. All in all, I think this handheld is a great system today even. I mean now we all have chargeable batteries, so I am guessing the life would be better now. Back then, you didnt have Ultra and Titatium batteries.
For people who started gaming pre-Nintendo there was no bigger name than Atari. They were the biggest name in the arcades and home systems right through to Nintendo's rise and were even originally approached by Nintendo as the US distributors of the NES (they refused - oops!). Their entry into portable consoles was the often emulated, rarely owned, Lynx.
Huge Backlit Color Screen
Extremely Powerful (More so than the home consoles of it's era)
Handedness Independent (Left or right handed play at a whim)
Supreme Multiplayer Experience
Poor Battery Life (3-5 hours)
Weak Name Brand
No Killer Apps
Low Game Quality Standards
Atari's Lynx line of handhelds despite being more powerful than Nintendo's home system of the time with a larger screen than the Game Boy, a backlight, color graphics and a multiplayer experience allowing 4 times as many simultaneous players was beaten down by the lowly little 4 bit Game Boy with its ugly screen. Atari was financially too weak in the early 90's to continue pushing their unloved Lynx and the lack of killer apps sealed its fate because all the advertisements and shelf space in the world would not make it fun without them. Atari cancelled the Lynx in favor of trying to regain home console market share with their Jaguar, which itself along with Atari later died.
Sad in a way if you think about how this day and age.. all the name brand things we grew up with are gone or going.. look at Sega.. its GONE, Merged into Nintendo.. =( In the end there will be only one.. Microsoft or Sony.. Nintendo is on its way to fading out too.. anyone could see that. If MS came out with a handheld that SUPPORTED homebrew, That could push the PSP and Nintendo DS out the door.
Either way.. wonder if the PSP has a Lynx EMU.. all this talk makes me wanna enjoy my past.. just checked, and yup, it does.
Enjoy the flash back =)