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WonderSwan
Manufacturer Bandai
Type Handheld game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available 1999
CPU NEC V30 MZ
Media Cartidges

WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai in 1999. It was developed by the late Gunpei Yokoi's company Koto and Bandai. The WonderSwan was made to compete with the Neo-Geo Pocket Color and the market leader Nintendo's Game Boy Color (even though the developer for the WonderSwan, Gunpei Yokoi, developed the original Nintendo Game Boy). Download high resolution version (2036x1904, 363 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... One of the first handheld game consoles, Ball was the first product in the Game & Watch series. ... Home video-game systems became popular during the 1970s and 80s. ... It has been proposed below that Sixth generation era be renamed and moved to History of video games (Sixth generation era). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... CPU redirects here. ... NEC Corporation (Jp. ... In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... One of the first handheld game consoles, Ball was the first product in the Game & Watch series. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Neo Geo Pocket Color The Neo Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released in 1998 in Japan. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Game Boy Color (also referred to as GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ...


The WonderSwan was later replaced by the WonderSwan Color. Although some WonderSwan Color games are compatible with the original WonderSwan, many are designed exclusively for the WonderSwan Color and show a message such as "This cartridge is for WonderSwan Color only" when run on the original WonderSwan. WonderSwan Color The WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console designed by Bandai. ... WonderSwan Color The WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console designed by Bandai. ...


The WonderSwan was available in ten case colors, playable both vertically and horizontally, and features a fairly large library of games. As it was a console designed essentially for the Japanese market, most of the games are in Japanese, with only a few featuring English text. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Technical specifications

  • CPU: 16-bit NEC V30 MZ processor at 3.072 MHz
  • Screen: FSTN reflective LCD
    • Resolution: 224 x 144 pixels
    • 2.49 inch diagonal
  • Display performance: Max. 512 characters per layer, max. 128 sprites (32 on one horizontal line), two screens (overlay possible), screen windows and sprite windows.
  • Graphics: 8-shade monochrome in the dot matrix section and six icons at the static section.
  • Audio:
    • 4-channel digital stereo sound.
    • Built-in mono speaker or optional headphones with stereo adapter.
  • Size: 74.3 mm x 121 mm x 24.3 mm
  • Weight: 93g (without battery) 110g (with battery)
  • Power: 1 AA battery or rechargeable pack, ~30-40 hours playtime
  • Connecting Ports: Link Port, Stereo Jack & cartridge port
  • Cartridge Capacity: ROM and/or RAM - maximum 128 Mbit (like Beat Mania)
  • Features:
Can be played holding the unit vertically or horizontally.
Built-in EEPROM and 1Kbit RAM for backing up game data.
Several levels of energy-saving control.

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See also

Handheld game consoles
Early units
See Microvision and Handheld electronic games
Nintendo handhelds
Game & Watch | Game Boy (Pocket | Light) | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance (SP | Micro) | Nintendo DS (Lite)
Bandai handhelds
WonderSwan | WonderSwan Color | SwanCrystal
GamePark/Holdings handhelds
GP32 | GP2X | XGP | XGP Mini | XGP Kids
SNK handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket | Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sega handhelds
Game Gear | Nomad | Mega Jet
Sony handhelds
PocketStation | PlayStation Portable
Other handhelds
Atari Lynx | Gamate | Watara Supervision | Game.com | Gizmondo | N-Gage | TurboExpress | Pepper Pad | GameKing | iRiver G10 | Ez MINI
Comparison

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The SwanCrystal is the third (and likely final) version of Bandais WonderSwan handheld game console brand, succeeding the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color. ... Game Park is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP32 and XGP. GP32 Hardware and Design // History Foundation Founded in 1996 in Korea, Game Park entered the industry through government money. ... GamePark Holdings is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP2X that was founded by former employees of the game maker GamePark. ... The GP32 (GamePark 32) is a hand held console built by the Korean company GamePark. ... The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... The XGP (Extreme Game Player) is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... Neo Geo Pocket Color The Neo Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released in 1998 in Japan. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold in North America and South America, mainly in Brazil, essentially a mini-Genesis console, based on the Japanese Mega Jet and featuring a built-in color screen. ... The Sega Mega Jet The Sega Mega Jet was a handheld version of the Mega Drive video game console. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The PocketStation is a miniature game console created by Sony as a peripheral for the PlayStation. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the worlds first handheld portable gaming system with a color display. ... The Gamate is a handheld game console manufactured by Bit Corporation in the early 1990s, and released in Australia, parts of Europe and Asia, and possibly other regions. ... The Watara Supervision and a cartridge. ... The title of this article should be game. ... The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console with GPRS and GPS technology, which was manufactured by Tiger Telematics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249. ... The Pepper Pad is a mobile computer with Internet capability and doubles as a handheld game console. ... The GameKing is an 8-bit handheld game console produced by the Chinese company TimeTop since 2003. ... [1] The iriver G10 is a portable media player with 3D gaming capabilities currently in development by iriver. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Shanda. ... This is a comparison of the features of various handheld game consoles. ... This is a list of games for the Bandai WonderSwan handheld video game system, organised alphabetically by name. ... WonderSwan Color The WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console designed by Bandai. ... A purple Swan Crystal with Front Mission running The Swan Crystal is the third (and likely final) version of Bandais WonderSwan handheld gaming system brand, succeeding the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color. ...

External links

  • Defunct Games: WonderSwan Review Archive
  • Official Web site (English)
  • Official Web site (Japanese)
  • Swan Song (English)
  • Unofficial WonderSwan blog (English)
  • Planet-WonderSwan - Reviews & Specials (german)
  • gpark.nl - About the Wonderswan console and games (Dutch)

  Results from FactBites:
 
WonderSwan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (305 words)
The WonderSwan was made to compete with the Neo-Geo Pocket Color and the market leader Nintendo's Game Boy Color (even though ironically the developer for the WonderSwan, Gunpei Yokoi, developed the original Nintendo Game Boy).
The WonderSwan was later replaced by the WonderSwan Color.
Although some WonderSwan Color games are compatible with the original WonderSwan, many are designed exclusively for the WonderSwan Color and show a message such as "This cartridge is for WonderSwan Color only" when run on the original WonderSwan.
WonderSwan Color - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (255 words)
Although the WonderSwan Color was slightly larger and heavier (7 mm and 2 g) compared to the original WonderSwan, the color version featured 512K of RAM and a larger color LCD screen.
After the release of the WonderSwan Color, Bandai took approximately 8% of the market share in Japan partly due to its low price of 6800 yen (approximately $65 U.S. Dollars).
Another reason for the WonderSwan's success in Japan was the fact that Bandai managed to get a deal with Squaresoft to port over the original Famicom Final Fantasy games with improved graphics and controls.
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