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Apr 6 2020

Remember when BennVenn announced his budget Lynx LCD kit? Well he's continuing the trend with budget alternatives and this time he has an SD flash cart in the works...

ElCheapoSD-Lynx cart assembled and coding commenced! Instant load times, EEPROM save support, 64gb SD card support, open source GUI, 512kbyte rom size limit. Firmware Upgradable via SD.For lynx game developers, hardware pass-through to the ARM CPU is available which means unlimited streaming from the SD and enables the use of the ARMs 32bit hardware divide/floating point math etc... RRP $45 with high quality injection molded shell

Apr 6 2020

We've announced this year's Lynx Programming Competition not long ago. We've now finished putting together our list of sponsors and prizes and are ready to kick things off formally. We welcome both Atari Age and Mark/Space on board!

The prizes have been updated too. The top 3 placing games will each receive a copy of the RetroHQ Lynx Game Drive cartridge and will be offered the chance to have their game published in physical form by Atari Age (with 5 free copies of your game), as well as in digital form by Mark/Space. In addition - the 1st place winner will get a $150USD cash prize, and the 2nd place winner will receive $100USD.

So get ready, and join the competition over at itch.io.

Apr 6 2020

A Bug's Lynx and the A Bug's Lynx eJagFest 2018 Edition have been available to play online for some time now. A physical release was due very soon but due to COVID-19 everything has been thrown into turmoil. So to ease the boredom of staying at hime, Fadest has released the "#[email protected] Release" version of this game for free on itch.io.

"My first intention was to sell digital (via itch.io) and physical games.
But with all this madness, I guess we need to take care each other, and we need some gardening. So digital is (and will remains) free. Physical relase should come when everything will be back to normal.
This version may not be the final one, some minors changes (bugs, audible music - don't be afraid about pressing Option 2 in order to mute music) may be added in the near future before official release."

Apr 3 2020
An update from Songbird Productions - "Avid fans know Songbird announced two new Lynx games in the Fall of 2019: Biniax 2 and Xump. These were originally slated for a Dec 2019 release, but got pushed back. Part of the challenge of getting new games made is manufacturing. To ensure that all Songbird Lynx games going forward can be in the classic curved-lip cartridge style, I had to invest in getting an injection mold made. The first cartridge samples arrived a couple weeks ago, and while they’re very close to the target design, some retooling was needed to remove excess flashing and mold lines. So the first real batch of cartridge shells should arrive later this month."
Apr 3 2020

The Lynx Game Drive is inching ever so closer to being a reality. Atari Age have listed it on their store. It's not available for preorder yet but you can register for the waiting list. Once available it will set you back $95 USD. Don't know what the Lynx GD is? Here's a description...

"The RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive cartridge allows you to play all your Atari Lynx games and homebrew games directly from a memory card. This updated version of the Lynx GameDrive cartridge has support for EEPROM save games as used by some homebrew software as well as improved game load time (no longer than one second for even the largest games), and an improved game selection menu."

Apr 1 2020

We published this year's April Fool's joke about a Virus found to infect homebrew Atari Lynx cartridges containing EEPROMs. Well there was an actual ROM behind it, so we're making it and the source code available to download and play. The information page is here, you can play the ROM here or download it. Then the source code is available here.

Also don't forget we are running the 2020 Lynx Programming Competition, so if you can code, you should register for that!

Mar 28 2020
Lynx GD (Game Drive) is almost ready to ship! Here's an update from RetroHQ...Lynx GameDrive Production PCB built up and tested. All looking good! Final bit of testing and these will start to go into production... finally! The website is being updated with product and distributor details as they come online. You can check out the product listing here.
Mar 24 2020
We've just launched this new tool that can take your 128 KiB or 256 KiB LYX ROMs and convert them to equivalent 512 KiB ROMs. This is useful if you are trying to burn a ROM image directly to flash as it needs to be laid out in the correct manner. This as well as other resources are an attempt to make it easier for anyone to get started with Atari Lynx hacking!
Mar 23 2020
There was a massive update to the Songbird Productions website to give it a more modern look and feel. And also while at it, Songbird has made available new curved lip carts for T-tris, Othello and SIMIS. Go check them out!
Mar 17 2020

RetroHQ announced a competition to win an upcoming Atari Lynx multicart - the Lynx GD (Game Drive). From RetroHQ...

Drive away the isolation blues! Up for grabs is a RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive CLASSIC cartridge for the Lynx Mk II.

To enter...
1. Follow RetroHQ on Twitter
2. Retweet this post
3. Tag a friend

A winner will be announced on 23rd March 2020!

You will need to see this Tweet to enter - https://twitter.com/TheRetroHQ/status/1239587965904531457

Mar 16 2020
We've got another peek at the Unnamed Demo from its developer. It's getting very very close to actual release. Hopefully we will see something in the next couple of weeks, this will be an amazing game to try out!
Feb 26 2020
We've been following Project Argon, a new retro emulator with focus on Atari Lynx and Vectrex, for some time now. There's been a new teaser shown with Argon running in an Arcade1Up cabinet with a custom control deck. That's looking really neat!
Feb 25 2020
The Lynx GD is getting closer and closer to release and now we have a preview of what the final cartridge shell will look like. It's much more slick than the previous Lynx SD!
Feb 24 2020
Back in October Songbird Productions announced the release of two new games for Atari Lynx. These have been delayed to "Spring 2020" now. We're hoping this date moves forward, but we know all too well the complexities involved in producing games.
Feb 19 2020
Evercade is brining an amazing new portable console to the market soon and one of the cartridges that will be available for it is the newly announced Atari Lynx cart. It will feature 17 games from both the Lynx's original game library as well as a number of home-brew projects that were created recently. Here's the full lineup of the games: Scrapyard Dog, Basketbrawl, Super Asteroids / Missile Command, Awesome Golf, Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure, CyberVirus, Dracula the Undead, Gordo 106, Ishido: The Way of Stones, Jimmy Connors Tennis, Loopz, Malibu Bikini Volleyball, Megapak, Power Factor, Remnant, Super Sqweek, Xump. If we manage to get our hands on one of the sample units, a review will soon follow!
Feb 18 2020
From the creator of Unseen, a text adventure game for Atari Lynx comes a new game called Unnamed. That is not news in itself because this game was announced some time back, what is new is that development on this game has restarted and soon there will be a playable mini-demo released. Are you ready for it?
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