Gamate (partially lost video games on Bit Corp. handheld console; 1990s)

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An advertisement for the Gamate shown in the United States.

Status: Partially Lost

The Gamate is a handheld console released in 1990 by Bit Corporation. The Gamate was made to compete with other handhelds such as Nintendo's Gameboy, Sega's Game Gear, Atari's Lynx, and Watara's Supervision. Initially released in Taiwan, and China, the latter being where it was known as the Super Boy, it was eventually released in several other countries, including the United States, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. Later on in 1993, the Gamate was handed over to UMC, seemingly around the time Bit Corp. went bankrupt. Once UMC took over operation, support outside of China became very limited as they seemingly exclusively went for the Chinese market at the time.[1]

more than 60 games are known to have been released on the system, but not all of them have been preserved, some of the launch titles being clones of other games rushed out to get a sizeable library. Supposedly, there was a second generation version as well as a color version. However though, the existence of those versions have yet to be confirmed.[2]

Some Gamate games are known to have two different versions. While standard Gamate game cards are black, some light grey cartridges have shown up online. At least one of these alternate cards, "Monster Pitfall", has a distinctly different introductory demo from the regular black card. The grey cartridges are considerably more rare than their black versions. Volunteers on the MAME video game preservation project speculate that these grey cartridges are pre-release samples, but this is unconfirmed. [3]

List of Games

ID Number Game Title Publisher Year of Release (approx.) Status
C1-001 Cube-Up Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-002 Witty Apee Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-003 Box Forum Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-004 Mighty Tank Bit Corporation 199? Found
C1-005 Enchanted Bricks Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-006 Mini Golf Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-007 Galaxy Invaders Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-008 Legend of Dragon Knight Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-009 Tornado Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-010 Bump 'n Run Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-011 Money Maze Unknown 199? Found
C1-012 Pharaoh Revenger Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-013 Dino Bibo Unknown 1991 Found
C1-014 Time Warrior Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-015 Kill Shot Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-016 Volcano Panic Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-017 Devil Castle Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-018 Kung-Fu Fighter Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-019 Dino Ball Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-020 Bad Bud Chou Chu's Adventure Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-021 Myth of Asamia Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-022 Pipemania Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-023 Tennis Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-024 Marauder Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-025 Jackpot Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-026 Flipuzzle Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-027 Monster Pitfall Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-028 Vindicators Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-029 Brick Blaster Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-030 Beach Volleyball Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-031 Bomb Blaster Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-032 Cosmic Fighter Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-033 Fist of Thunder Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-034 Superboy Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-035 Treasure Hunter Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-036 Jewelriss Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-037 Nightmare of Santa Claus Bit Corporation 1990 Found
C1-038 Mars Voyage Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-039 Column #5 Unknown Possibly Unreleased Lost
C1-040 Unknown Game Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C1-041 Mighty Boxer Unknown Unknown Lost
C1-042 Flying Goblin Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-043 Boom Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-044 Snowman Legend Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-045 World Cup Soccer Unknown 199? Found
C1-046 Kiki Inland Bit Corporation 1992 Found
C1-047 Fortune 'n Luck Bit Corporation 1992 Found
C1-048 Baseball(A.K.A. Super Baseball) Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-049 Punk Boy Bit Corporation 1992 Found
C1-050 Fortress of Fierceness Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-051 Incantational Couple Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-052 Famous 7 United Microelectronics Corporation 1993 Found
C1-053 Tough Guy United Microelectronics Corporation 1993 Found
C1-054 Magic Jigsaw Bit Corporation 1991 Found
C1-055 Unknown Game Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C1-056 GP Race Bit Corporation 1992 Found
C1-057 Fantasy Travel United Microelectronics Corporation 1993 Found
C1-058 Quiz Fighter United Microelectronics Corporation 1993 Found
C1-059 Unknown Game Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C1-060 Further Adventures of Hannibal the Cat Unknown 1993 Found
C1-061 Dinosaur Park Phinnex Co., Ltd. 1993 Found
C1-062 Unknown Game Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C1-063 Basketball Unknown 199? Found
C1-064 Bao Qing Tan Unknown 199? Found
C1-065 Hot Hero Unknown 199? Found
C1-066 Unknown Game Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C1-067 Robin Hood Phinnex Co., Ltd. 1994 Found
C1-068 Golden Pyramid Unknown 199? Found
C1-069 Riddle of the Ancient Tomb Unknown 1994 Found
C1-070 Insect War United Microelectronics Corporation 1995 Found
C1-401 4-In-1 Bit Corporation 1991 Found
K1-001 One Million Ways United Microelectronics Corporation 1993 Found
C???? 2nd Space Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Ball Storm Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Balloon Voyage Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Captain Knick-Knack Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Puppet Knight Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Super Mario Bros. Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Balloon Voyage Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed
C???? Alice In Wonderland Unknown Unknown Existence Unconfirmed

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