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Atari Lynx CatalogsAtari Lynx Catalogs

Few catalogs were produced for the Lynx, with most of them having been created by Atari and one third-party catalog by Telegames. Each Lynx catalog produced by Atari is very unique in its layout and presentation. One of the catalogs is a 32 pages and laid out like a magazine, another folds out to be very tall vertically and the third was a fold-out catalog that appears to have been used as part of a mail campaign. The only third-party catalog we've come across so far is one from Telegames, advertising the titles they produced for the Lynx.

If you have additional Lynx catalogs that we don't yet have scanned and would like to scan them for us or allow us to borrow them, please drop us a line.

 
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Model Number: 94089-1302
Year: 1991
Titles: 56

This isn't as much of at a catalog as it is a magazine--the form factor of this "catalog" is 8.5" x 11" and it's 32 pages long! It features a wealth of information about the Lynx hardware and games, more so than any other catalog we've ever seen from Atari. The first two pages describe the hardware in detail and include a chart comparing the Lynx to the competition (TurboExpress, SNES, Game Gear, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy and NES). The rest of the catalog describes the games, 56 in all, that were either available at the time or would be "Coming Soon!" Unfortunately many titles in this catalog never did see the light of day. Those include: Cabal, 720, Vindicators, Geoduel, Raiden, Rolling Thunder, Telegames' Guardians: Storm Over Doria. That's right, this catalog even featured third-party games from Telegames and Williams!

Besides lengthy descriptions of each game, there are hints and strategy devoted to many of them. Some games, such as Chip's Challenge, have two pages all to themselves! Near the back of the catalog is a contest to win up to $2500 in Lynx hardware and games, with the winners to be selected by Electronic Gaming Monthly Magazine. The back cover lists the Lynx's price (the Lynx II is depicted) as $99.99 along with bullet points highlighting some of the Lynx's features.

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Model Number: [none]
Year: 1993
Titles: 67

This catalog comes in an unusual form factor in that it folds out in a large, vertical fashion, with one side describing all the virtues fo the Lynx and the other listing all the games. This Lynx catalog features more titles than any other, for a total of 67. This includes several games that were never released, including Eye of the Beholder, Raiden (spelled Rai-Den), and Relief Picture, Road Riot 4WD, and Rolling Thunder. At the bottom of the back page is an order form where you could order Lynx hardware and software directly from Atari (the Deluxe System Package is listed at $129.99). You could also order by calling a 1-800 number.
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Model Number: [none]
Year: 1994
Titles: 59

Here's a catalog that Atari apparently mailed to Lynx owners (or prospective Lynx owners?), judging by the size of the back page of the catalog that features Atari's return address and plenty of blank space for an address and postage. It looks like Atari was trying to reduce some of their Lynx inventory, as most of the games listed have their prices slashed by half or even more. An order form is included so you could purchase Lynx games and accessories directly from Atari, and if you needed your Lynx fix even sooner, you could use a 1-800 number to order instead. At this point it appears that Atari knew which games weren't going to make it to market (or perhaps Atari had stopped development altogether), as every game pictured in this catalog was released. Unusual, for a Lynx catalog.
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Telegames
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Model Number: [none]
Year: 1993
Titles: 8

This catalog features eight titles from Telegames, a company that released titles for several Atari systems. This is the only third-party catalog for the Lynx that we've come into possession so far, which isn't surprising considering no other companies (besides Atari) released enough games for the Lynx to warrant one. Given this catalog's small size, we assume it was included with Lynx Telegames titles at some point. There is one game featured in this catalog that was never released: Guardians: Storm Over Doria. The descriptions for each game are in three languages, English, French and German. The last page of the catalog features an amplified stereo speaker system that could be used the Lynx.
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