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The WonderSwan (ワンダースワン) is a handheld game system that was launched in Japan by Bandai on March 4, 1999,[1] about a year after the discontinuation of the Pippin platform.[2]

HistoryEdit

The first WonderSwan console was developed as a grayscale device by Koto Laboratory, the company founded by former Nintendo engineer Gunpei Yokoi (横井 軍平).[3] Bandai showed off the new handheld system at the 1999 Tokyo Toy Show.[4]

It was soon followed by the WonderSwan Color (ワンダースワン カラー).[1] A range of peripheral accessories were produced, such as the WonderWave infrared communicator and the WonderBorg robotic kit,[3] which were shown at the 2000 Tokyo Toy Show.[5] The active matrix SwanCrystal (スワンクリスタル) was unveiled by Bandai at the 2002 Tokyo Toy Show.[6] Though well-received, the WonderSwan line was unable to fend off competition from Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and was eventually discontinued in 2003.[1]

TitlesEdit

See: List of WonderSwan titles

AccessoriesEdit

See: List of WonderSwan accessories

LegacyEdit

Though sold only in Japan, the WonderSwan remains Bandai's last and best-selling console to date.[1] Over 3.5 million units of the consoles were sold and over 10 million games were sold.[7]

In 2018, a scene in the Blu-ray release of Evangelion: 2.22 depicted the character Asuka with a fictitious handheld console that resembled the back of a WonderSwan bearing Bandai and Pippin platform logos.[8]

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