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Bandai WonderSwan Color

2000 - 5th generation system

The Bandai WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console that was manufactured and released by Bandai in Japan in 2000. It was a successor to the original WonderSwan, which was released in 1999. It was developed to compete with the Game Boy Color and the Neo Geo Pocket Color. The WonderSwan Color featured a 16-bit CPU and had a total of 2MB of RAM. It had a backlit, full-color screen with a resolution of 224x144 pixels and a palette of 4096 colors. It also had a built-in controller with a D-pad and two buttons, and it had a battery life of around 20 hours. The console also featured a built-in clock and a sleep function to save battery life. The WonderSwan Color had a library of around 260 games, most of which were developed by Bandai, but also included games from other developers such as Square Enix, Konami, and Capcom. The console also had a built-in support for the original WonderSwan games and it was compatible with the WonderWitch development tool. The WonderSwan Color was released exclusively in Japan and it had a limited commercial success, but it was well received by critics. The console was discontinued in 2003. Today it is considered a rarity and a collector's item, due to its limited release. Some games for the Bandai WonderSwan Color include: "Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls", "Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories", "Sonic the Hedgehog: Pocket Adventure", "Rockman & Forte", "Tales of Phantasia", "Gradius: Deluxe Pack", "Fate/tiger colosseum", "Gungage", "Kimi ni Todoke: Sennen Makyou", "R-Type III: The Third Lightning". It's worth noting that the WonderSwan Color was only released in Japan and therefore many of the games were only released in Japan and in Japanese.