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WonderSwan Console

The WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai. It was developed by Gunpei Yokoi’s company Koto Laboratory and Bandai and was the last piece of hardware Yokoi developed before his death in 1997. Released in 1999 in the fifth generation video game consoles, the WonderSwan and its two later models, the WonderSwan Color and SwanCrystal were officially supported until being discontinued by Bandai in 2003. During its lifespan, no variation of the WonderSwan was released outside of Japan.

Manufacturer – Bandai
Type – Handheld game console
Generation – Fifth generation


Release date WonderSwan:
JP: March 4, 1999
WonderSwan Color:
JP: December 9, 2000
SwanCrystal:
JP: July 12, 2002


Lifespan – 1999–2003
Discontinued – 2003
Units sold – 3.50 million (combined)
1.55 million (WonderSwan)
1.1 million (WonderSwan Color)
Media – ROM cartridge
CPU – NEC V30 MZ
Memory – 512 kbit (64 KB) RAM
Display – FSTN (WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color), TFT LCD (SwanCrystal) 224 × 144
Sound – 4 PCM channels
Power – 1 × AA battery 40 hours (WonderSwan), 20 hours (WonderSwan Color), 15 hours (SwanCrystal)
Predecessor – Design Master Senshi Mangajukuu

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