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2001 - 6th generation system
The Cybiko Xtreme is a handheld computer and gaming device developed by Cybiko Inc, which was released in 2001. It was a successor of the original Cybiko, which was released in 2000. The device was targeted towards teens and young adults and was marketed as a "mobile instant messaging" device, allowing users to communicate with each other using built-in wireless networking capabilities. The Cybiko Xtreme features a built-in keyboard and a black and white screen, with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. It runs on a proprietary operating system and is powered by a Motorola 68HC11 microcontroller. It had a built-in memory of 32KB and could be expanded with additional memory cards. The device also had a basic game library, which included games such as Tetris, Snake and BlackJack. Users could also download additional games and applications that were developed by other users and shared through the Cybiko website. The Cybiko Xtreme was not as successful as its intended rival, the Nintendo Gameboy Advance, due to its high price and limited game library. It was discontinued in 2002 and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2003. In summary, the Cybiko Xtreme was a portable computer and gaming device that was targeted towards teens and young adults, it had wireless capabilities and a basic game library but it was not as successful as its rivals due to its high price and limited game library. There were a variety of games released for the Cybiko Xtreme, but some of the more notable titles include: "Tetris": A classic puzzle game in which players must rotate and place falling blocks in order to clear lines. "Snake": A classic game in which players control a snake and must navigate through a maze while avoiding obstacles and eating food to grow. "BlackJack": A card game in which players aim to get a hand with a higher value than the dealer's without exceeding 21 points. "Minesweeper": A classic puzzle game in which players must locate and mark mines hidden in a grid without detonating them. "Chess": A classic strategy game in which players must capture the opponent's king using various chess pieces with different movement rules. "Bomber": A game in which players control a plane and must drop bombs on enemy targets while avoiding obstacles and enemy fire. "Mahjong": A tile-based game that originated in China, it requires players to match pairs of identical tiles and remove them from the board. "Bridge": A card game in which players bid on the number of tricks they think they can take during play, and then compete to take the most tricks. The Cybiko Xtreme had a limited game library, and most of the games were simple and basic compared to other handheld devices at the time. The games were developed by Cybiko Inc, or by independent developers who shared their creations on the Cybiko website.