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Atari Jaguar 101: A Beginner’s Guide

posted Dec 11, 2009, 5:13 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Dec 11, 2009, 5:19 AM ]

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Atari Jaguar 101: A Beginner’s Guide

World renown for its videogame consoles, arcade titles, and PCs, Atari released a beast in 1993 known as the Jaguar. Pitted against the likes of the Super Nintendo, Turbographix 16/PC Engine, and the Sega Genesis, the Jaguar roared on to the scene and changed video game history.


  • Released November 18th 1993 in the United States.  It was supported by Atari until late1996 right before Atari was bought out by Hasbro.
  • Created by Flare Technology, a British company of former Sinclar engineers, to make a cost effective console more powerful than the Genesis/Megadrive and Super Nintendo.
  • Was designed in tandem with the Atari Panther (a system to compete with the Saturn and Playstation).  Since the Jaguar was ahead of schedule, the Panther was scrapped and the Jaguar was released.

Historical Impact

  • Atari’s final foray into the home console market
  • A dual 32 bit console that was touted as the first 64 bit console on the market
  • First enhanced ports of several PC titles – Wolfenstein 3D
  • Is the basis for COJag – the Jaguar based arcade platform.  Famous for Area 51 and Maximum Force.

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