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How the WonderSwan became an ugly duckling

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Bandai released the WonderSwan in 1999, a portable gaming console that was in many ways superior to the Game Boy. However, it still failed at ousting Nintendo from its place as the market leader. "WonderSwan always found itself playing catch-up to Game Boy, first in terms of market share and color features, and later in terms of sheer power," writes USgamer's Jeremy Parish. In his article, Parish explores the WonderSwan's origins, its merits, and the circumstances that prevented it from becoming more than just a "highly localized blip in the history of handheld games."