Bandai is more well known for their anime properties like Digimon and Gundam than their video games (except maybe Stadium Events on the Nintendo NES), but that may be due to the relative obscurity of the WonderSwan outside of Japan. Developed by the Father of the Game Boy, Gunpei Yokoi, the WonderSwan was released in 1999 with a colour version released in 2000. Thanks to its low price and solid collection of licensed games based off of anime properties, the WonderSwan received moderate success within Japan. However, it wasn’t enough to justify an international release, and production was ceased in 2003.
I own a WonderSwan Color, and I love the thing. It’s light, compact and just a blast to play. Check out the video review below to see for yourself!
Have you ever played a WonderSwan? Would you have bought one if they released internationally? Let me know your thoughts below!