Atari Lynx emulators

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Atari Lynx
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Developer Atari
Type Handheld game console
Generation Fourth generation
Release date 1989
Discontinued 1995
Emulated

The Atari Lynx was a fourth-generation handheld game console released by Atari on September 1, 1989 and it retailed for $179.99 ($360.92 in 2018 money). It has a WDC 65SC02 CPU. Notably, it was the world's first handheld system that used a color LCD screen, as well as having fairly advanced graphics for the time.

Unlike contemporaneous machines, its architecture is based upon a frame buffer and a scaling blitter, providing both 2d sprite and background scaling and hardware support for lines and filled triangles. Because it has no inherent concept of a tile map or any sprite-specific hardware, the drawing budget is per frame rather than per line; there is no enforced limit in terms of the number of sprites or sprites per line other than that implied by the amount of drawing that can be achieved within an acceptable frame rate.

Emulators[edit]

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Libretro Core Recommended
PC
Mednafen Multi-platform 1.22.1 Stable
MAME Multi-platform 0.208
OpenEmu macOS 2.0.8
Handy Windows 0.95
0.971
Consoles
Handypsp PlayStation Portable 0.95.1
HandyVITA PlayStation Vita Henkaku
WiiHandy Wii 0.4

Comparison[edit]

Mednafen
Based upon Handy, but unlike other forked cores, its emulation only improves upon the original.
Handy
Hasn't been updated since 2007. Only included here for reference.