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1999 - 5th generation system
The Bandai WonderSwan is a handheld game console developed by Bandai and released in Japan in 1999. It was created by Gunpei Yokoi, the designer of Nintendo's Game Boy, and was intended to compete with the Game Boy in the Japanese market. The WonderSwan featured a monochrome display and was powered by a 16-bit CPU. It had a small library of games, with most of them being developed by Bandai or other Japanese developers. It featured a directional pad and two buttons and was available in several colors. The WonderSwan was compatible with the games of its predecessor, the Bandai SwanCrystal, and it also featured a backlit version called WonderSwan Color. The WonderSwan Color was released in 2000 and featured a color screen and was compatible with a limited number of color games. The WonderSwan was not as successful as the Game Boy, but it still had a small but dedicated user base in Japan. The WonderSwan was discontinued in 2003 after the release of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and the Sony PlayStation Portable. It is worth mentioning that the WonderSwan was not released outside of Japan, and the lack of international support and localization limited its potential success. The Bandai WonderSwan had a relatively small library of games, with most of them being developed by Bandai or other Japanese developers. Here are some examples of games that were released for the WonderSwan: One Piece: This is a side-scrolling action game based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name. Players control the main character, Monkey D. Luffy, and must navigate through various levels and defeat enemies to rescue his friends and defeat the main antagonist. Final Fantasy I & II: These are role-playing games developed and published by Square. They are remakes of the original games that were released for the Nintendo Entertainment System and feature updated graphics and gameplay. Players control a party of characters and must navigate through various environments and defeat enemies to complete the story. Cardcaptor Sakura: This is a puzzle game based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name. Players control the main character, Sakura, and must capture cards by matching them in a puzzle game.Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer: This is a role-playing game based on the popular anime and manga series Digimon. Players control the main character, Ruki Makino, and must navigate through various levels and defeat enemies to capture and train digital monsters known as "Digimon" Gunpey: This is a puzzle game developed by Bandai that was created by Gunpei Yokoi, the designer of the WonderSwan. Players must connect lines to create a complete path and clear the board. Dragon Quest Monsters: This is a role-playing game developed by Enix. Players control a young hero on a quest to become the world's best monster trainer by capturing and raising a variety of monsters. Street Fighter II': This is a fighting game developed by Capcom. Players control one of several characters and must defeat the other characters in one-on-one battles to become the world champion. Those are just a few examples of the games that were available for the Bandai WonderSwan. The console had a small but diverse library of games that spanned across many genres, from puzzle and role-playing games to action and fighting games.