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Encyclopedia > Wonderswan Color
Manufacturer Bandai
Product family Wonderswan
Type Handheld game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available Flag of Japan December 30, 2000
Top-selling game Final Fantasy I

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The original WonderSwan had only a black and white screen. Although the WonderSwan Color was slightly larger and heavier (7 mm and 2 g) compared to the original WonderSwan, the color version featured 64k of RAM and a larger color LCD screen. In addition, the WonderSwan Color is compatible with the original WonderSwan library of games. WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai in 1999. ... Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data storage used in computers. ... Reflective twisted nematic liquid crystal display. ...


Prior to WonderSwan's release, Nintendo had virtually a monopoly in the Japanese video game handheld market. 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 Japanese yen (approximately $65 USD). 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. ... ISO 4217 Code JPY User(s) Japan Inflation -0. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


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. However, with the popularity of the Game Boy Advance and the reconciliation between Squaresoft and Nintendo, the WonderSwan Color and its successor, the Swan Crystal quickly lost its competitive advantage. Square Company, Limited ) was a Japanese video game company founded in September of 1983 by Masafumi Miyamoto and Hironobu Sakaguchi. ... “NES” redirects here. ... For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... In marketing and strategic management, sustainable competitive advantage is an advantage that one firm has relative to competing firms. ...

Contents

Technical specifications

  • CPU: SPGY-1002, a 3.072 MHz 16-bit NEC V30MZ Clone
  • Memory: 64Kbyte VRAM/WRAM (shared)
  • Screen:
    • FSTN reflective LCD
    • 2.8 inch (71 mm) diagonal
    • no backlight
    • resolution: 224x144 pixels
    • colors: 241 out of 4096 colors
  • Sound: Built-in mono speaker or stereo with optional headphones adapter
    • three settings: mute, soft, loud
  • Link: Two players (adapter needed)
  • Power: one AA battery (~20 hours of game play)
  • Size: 128 by 74.3 by 24.3 mm
  • Weight 95 g (3.35 oz) including battery

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Personal Data

Before a WonderSwan can play games, the player must enter some personal information. The personal data screen can be reached by pressing the start and power buttons simultaneously. It requests a name, birthday (year, month, day), sex and bloodtype. The name will appear under the Bandai logo when the system is turned on. Option settings for default volume and contrast may also be set here.


Colors

The Wonderswan Color came in 5 basic colors: Pearl Blue, Crystal Pink, Crystal Black, Crystal Blue, and Crystal Orange. [1] Many limited edition colors were also released.


Final Fantasy Bundles

The Wonderswan Color was also available in limited edition Final Fantasy bundles. These bundles came with either Final Fantasy I or Final Fantasy II along with a Final Fantasy-themed Wonderswan Color. For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ... Final Fantasy, also known as Final Fantasy I (FF1), is a RPG originally developed and published by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy II on the SNES, see Final Fantasy IV Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure Final Fantasy II ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ...


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 | Mega Duck | Game.com | Gizmondo | N-Gage | TurboExpress | Pepper Pad | GameKing | iRiver G10 | Ez MINI | OQO Model 2
Comparison

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This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai in 1999. ... 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 Game Park. ... The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... 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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. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $68. ... 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. ... Gamate and 3 games The Gamate, known as 超級小子 (chaoji xiaozi, literally Super Boy) in Chinese-speaking countries, 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 Mega Duck and Cougar Boy with identical games for both systems. ... The Game. ... The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... This article or section does not cite any 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. ... The iRiver G10 is a portable media player with 3D gaming capabilities currently in development by iriver. ... 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External links

  • (English) Bandai Asia
  • (Japanese) Bandai Games
  • OSwan - emulator for Windows
  • Cygne/SDL - Open source SDL emulator for Windows

  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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