The WonderSwan was Bandai’s attempt to take over the handheld gaming market in Japan. Their competition was heavy; Neo Geo & Nintendo. Bandai didn’t hold back however… the WonderSwan which was developed by Gunpei Yokoi (known for his work on the original Gameboy) and contained an impressive 16-bit processor made by NEC. The power of the system was great and the controls were solid. Along with a low price compared to other handhelds, and a great collection of games (including several Final Fantasy remakes), the WonderSwan had a strong release and a solid standing for a few years. During it’s time, the WonderSwan developed into two additonal models; the WonderSwan Color and the SwanCrystal. The WonderSwan Color, as it’s name suggests, was a color version of the system. The final model, the SwanCrystal, used a very sharp LCD screen which looked fantastic even with fast moving action on screen. Unfortunately, the Swan systems came to an end in 2003 when Nintendo took over with the Gameboy Advance…
Today I’m listing all three models each complete with original box and manual. Additionally, each of these systems are limited versions themed to various games!
WonderSwan – Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon
This is the first WonderSwan model and it comes with a pack-in cart of Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon (Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon). The auction linked below is for this combo package still sealed in the original box! WonderSwan Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon Edition
WonderSwan Color – MS-06s ZAKU II
For those who don’t know what the MS-06s ZAKU II is, it’s a mech suit design from the Gundam universe. I personally don’t know very much about Gundam, but I’ve read that this suit design is very popular. This limited version of the WonderSwan Color can be found on eBay through the following link: WonderSwan Color MS-06s ZAKU II Edition
SwanCrystal – One Piece SwanColosseum
This limited SwanCrystal system themed to the One Piece anime series’ game One Piece SwanColosseum. This game is an interesting fighting game using One Piece characters. The cool part is that you play on a 2-D side scrolling area with changes to the terrain. Meaning, you can get to higher ground for an advantage. This system set can be found on eBay with the following link (note, game isn’t included): SwanCrystal One Piece SwanColosseum Edition