Those of you who loved the bulky portable enough to retain useless trivia about it might remember that before Atari settled on the "Lynx" name, the 16-bit system's developer Epyx dubbed it the "Handy Game" (handy in that you could carry the console with you, and in that it was large enough to double a surfboard if you were ever at the beach).

Before Atari decided on Lynx, though, it had another name for the portable, as Epyx's lead programmer/designer Peter Engelbrite revealed yesterday at AtariAge: "For a brief time, Atari had named it the Atari Portable Entertainment System. When I pointed out that the acronym would be A.P.E.S. they changed it to Lynx."

And Epyx had another name for the Lynx when it was still in the early stages of development:

"The very first name for the Lynx was: 'The Electronic Nuclear Toaster'. There was a time when the project was top secret, even within Epyx. There were security locks on the doors to the Lynx development area, and the Nuclear Toaster was the official (well, semi-official) name for the project.

There was a sheet describing the toaster taped outside the door. At one point one of the Epyx programmers opened up the ceiling tiles and crawled over to take a look (I knew it was you, Kevin). Eventually the secret was out and it was known as the Handy."

You can see that sheet Engelbrite mentions after the break. Jimmy Carter Poptarts! Butter and jam color graphics! 16 shades of brown!!!

[Via @GDRI]