Gunpei Yokoi is a brilliant engineer who developed the milestones of the world mobile games-Nintendo Game & Watch and game boy advance. Of course, we wouldn’t have enough room for his full service, so we’re his last child. It was created as part of its own initiative, not large n corporations, with the support of Bandai. Trying to catch up with the competition, another version of the console from Yokoi called Bandai Wonderswan Color was created.
Gunpei Yokoi in the mid-90s, the twentieth century was an outstanding Nintendo engineer. Unfortunately, the policy of haste of its holders his next child-a virtual boy, turned out to be a complete fiasco. Having quite a corporate buzz left the company in 1996, after completing work on the Gameboy Pocket. Creating his own company „Koto” started cooperation with the company Bandai. The goal of this Alliance was to be a portable console that could compete in the market with Nintendo’s biggest competitor, the Gameboy. Ironically, Gunpei challenged the Creator of his own intellect.
Unfortunately, he was unable to see the final phase of the collision. In 1997 Gunpei Yokoi dies in a car accident. However his thought will be continued through Bandai technicians and engineers. On 8 October 1998, Wonderswan will be announced in Tokyo. Promised 30 hours of battery life, low price and a juicy library of games in the amount of fifty. In fact, it went on sale on March 4, 1999 in the Japanese market at a price of 4,800 yen, much cheaper than the competitive Gameboy.
It was decided to display the image monochrome, as so far no portable console with color support has not achieved significant success (for example, Atari Lynx or Sega Game Gear). It was safer to stick to the line indicated by the original Gameboy. What is more, too, tried to release the console to Western markets thanks to Mattel, but for unknown reasons, stopped trying to conquer these markets and the console, ultimately, remained only in Japan. However, at a time when in 1999 Wodnerswan had its premiere for several months the competition was proud of Gameboy Colorem, which unlike other color predecessors, sold surprisingly well.
Bandai had to adapt to the situation and was taken as a quick attempt to catch up with the leader. At the end of 2000 was published another version of the console – Wonderswan Color. The starting price was 6,800 yen and was still a significant asset. The name is similar to the largest competitor, which is not something strange. The developers probably didn’t want to combine too much and included in the title what the client actually gets. Just like the opponent, Wonderswan Color had backward compatibility with the titles published on the prototype, which was, in principle, the only correct solution.
Wonderswan Color has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor. Only one AA battery is required for operation, so it is a significant cost reduction, plus the equipment is extremely light even equipped. Following the prototype, the location of the buttons remained the same. On the right side A and B and on the left, the four buttons at the top and bottom are labeled Y and X, and numbered. This option allows you to play on the console horizontally and vertically, which uses multiple titles.
Under the screen there are three buttons in the power, the „START” button and is responsible for setting the sound. It is worth remembering that the sound settings are reset every time you turn off the console and you need to configure them again. The disadvantage is the lack of control over the scale of the sound with the knob. We only have a choice between being loud, soft and muted. On the right side there is an EXT port. which m a relatively.
Wonderswave peripheral device to transfer data. On the left side there is a contrast control. From the bottom of the device, the mechanism for removing the flip to the battery and the slider blocking the possibility of removing it. The battery life in Wonderswan Color is about 15 hours. On the back of the device there is a port on the cartridges with the game, without a plug, which requires caution and protection of contacts from dirt.
The WonderSwan Color is the wonderful, failed, Japan-only handheld that boasts over a hundred games, plus a monochrome version. It is worth noting that there were published several major titles as Final Fantasy (II and IV). Very good port, Space Invaders and Densha de Go!. Also published titles under license from the famous anime, like One Piece. Response to the competition of the Pokemon series Bandai has supported the series Digimon. There is also the ability to transfer data from the Wonderswan console to PlayStation Pocekt and exchange data between versions of Digimons games.
Despite the fact that the console did not sell bad (270,632 pieces in the first month of sales) could not catch up with competitors. After the release Does Color, Nintendo is wieściło the world of the latest heir – Gameboy Advance. Another attempt was made to fight the giant by releasing a version in 2002, the crystal version, despite the fact that it was still a cheaper product, it was no longer a physical opportunity to catch up with the monopolist under the same name. a year later, the Bandai announced the exit from the hardwired market and at the same time announced the cessation of production of The Wonderswan Color, is, in principle, nothing attractive, color Gameboyowi equipment.
If Nintendo hadn’t developed the thoughts of portable consoles so quickly, the colored consoles of both companies could have competed with each other a little longer in the market. However, the leader is constantly going forward, and the product Bandai is known to be left behind, grzebany think marketing its owners. After the death of Wonderswan, the larger developers moved their titles to the Gameboy Advance console, which buried Wonderswan’s exclusivity. Currently, more collector’s pieces than the console, replacing other handheldy on the go. It is worth it, however, if there is an opportunity to get it, and give it a chance because on it Wonderswan Color just deserves it.