The first handheld console produced by Bandai. It was soon replaced by the WonderSwan Color to compete with the success of Nintendo Game Boy.
* CPU : 16-bit processor at 3.072 MHz
* Screen (dot matrix section): FSTN reflective LCD, 224 x 144 pixels (2.49-inch)
* Display performance : Max. 512 characters, max. 128 sprites (32 on one horizontal line), two screens (overlay possible), screen windows and sprite windows.
* Graphics : 8-shade monochrome in the dot matrix section and six icons at the static section.
* Audio: 4-channel digital stereo sound. Built-in speaker or optional headphones with stereo adapter.
* Connecting Ports : Link Port, Stereo Jack & cartridge port
* Cartridge Capacity: ROM and/or RAM - maximum 128Meg (like Beat Mania)
* Features: Can be played holding the unit vertically or horizontally. Built-in EEPROM and 1Kbit RAM for backing up game data. Several levels of energy-saving control.
WonderSwan in MESS requires a cart dump in .ws, .wsc or bin format to work. To run it, you can use the "cartridge" (cart) device, e.g. from command line
mess wswan -cart "C:\pathtogame\gamename.ws"
WonderSwan emulation in MESS still has imperfect sound.
History and Trivia
WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai in March 1999. It was designed by Koto, a company founded by Gunpei Yokoi (the man whose designed the original Nintendo Game Boy), and Bandai. The WonderSwan was made to compete with the SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color and the Nintendo Game Boy Color, the market leader.
The WonderSwan was available in ten different case colors. Part of its success was due to a fairly large library of games, including many titles based on popular Japanese manga and anime brands, thanks to Bandai's licenses.
As it was a console designed essentially for the Japanese market, most of the games are in Japanese, with only a few featuring English text.
The WonderSwan was later replaced by the WonderSwan Color, an evolution of the hardware featuring a color display. Although some WonderSwan Color games are compatible with the original WonderSwan, many are designed exclusively for the WonderSwan Color. The latter ones show a "This cartridge is for WonderSwan Color only" message when run on the original WonderSwan.
(info based on Wikipedia)
* Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WonderSwan
* Oswan -- http://sourceforge.jp/projects/oswan/
* Cygne -- http://cygne.emuunlim.com/
* Mednafen -- http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/
* Xe -- http://www.xe-emulator.com/
* WSCamp [no link]