Raspberry Pi turned into an Atari Lynx

Earlier this year we wrote an article on the 10 best uses for the Raspberry Pi, the tiny low-cost PCB computer. In it we said that whoever makes the thing into an Atari Lynx would win our reader of the month award. And today Neil Crump got in contact to tell us he’s doing just that.

Crump, or PyramidHead as he is known on the net, is trying to resurrect his 20-year old, dead Atari Lynx II with the help of a Raspberry Pi computer. Although it’s currently a work-in-progress effort, he has already posted a video of the Pi within the Lynx’s shell, running an Atari Lynx game. Watch it below.

How? Crump bought a 640 x 480 pixel 3.5in screen off eBay, hooked it up to the Raspberry Pi and modified an existing Atari Lynx emulator to get it working with the handheld console’s buttons. It’s impressive stuff.


There’s still a lot of work to be done if this is ever going to really look or feel just like a Lynx – the components haven’t yet been fitted into the case properly for one, and how to best power the thing is still a head-scratcher, but it’s one of our favourite Raspberry Pi projects to date. To read more on the project, take a look at the PyramidHead blog.

Not a handheld gaming veteran? The Atari Lynx was launched back in 1989, and was the first handheld to use a colour LCD screen. It was powered by six AA batteries and, if memory serves, lasted for about 27 minutes off a fully-powered set. With a dazzling 160 x 102 pixel display and unforgettable games like Chip’s Challenge and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, it – a long time ago – seemed like the future. Unfortunately, it was steamrolled by the Nintendo Gameboy.

Do you have fond memories of the Atari Lynx? Tell us your tale in the comments.

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