Summary: Back in the halcylon gaming days of Pac Man and Space Invaders, Atari was king of the home console market, but they lost this crown after the great videogame crash of 1983 and have been playing catch-up ever since. The Atari Jaguar was designed to wrest back control from Sega and Nintendo, going up against the Sega Megadrive and Super Nintendo, which despite having been out for a good few years were still going strong.
Pros: was quite poerful at time of release, had potential
Cons: lack of decent games meant potential was largely wasted
Excerpt: "...played or ever saw a atari jaguar which as a gaming experience and considering its time was a good console with a few games that were absolute gems like alien vs predator theme park doom etc wasted many of my days off during the school summer holiday. The console itself is still available to buy on ebay (something i am considering) but sadly after seeing how many of the old games i had and the prices some want do i really need to purchase it all ...
Pros: Was good got to play differant games many never saw or tried
Summary: I i owned this console along with many others during the 90's atari2600 amstrad master system nes snes megadrive (anyone remember the mega cd?) and this was one of the consoles forgotton by the public it seams. Not many people knew of played or ever saw a atari jaguar which as a gaming experience and considering its time was a good console with a few games that were absolute gems like alien vs predator theme park doom etc wasted many of my days off during the school...
Pros: Fun old console with a few good/great games
Cons: Bulky controllor do you want to play 64bit again?
Summary: Atari has perhaps the most two faced persona I have ever seen in a videogames company. On the one hand they were known for making some brilliant classic arcade titles and of course the Atari 2600; which was the top dog of consoles in the early 80s. On the other hand...well they made horrible conversions of Pacman and E.T, they went downhill with their further console attempts like the 5200 and 7800.
Pros: One or two classic games
Cons: Just about everything else; graphics, lack of good games, controller, little reliability
Summary: I owned a jaguar from New in the 90's, but recently re-visited the Jag as I bought one second hand from Ebay as my original one was sold at a boot sale years before. Despite what many people say, The Jaguar really is a good console. lt's such a shame it didn't do as well as other consoles of the time, and I think this was mainly to do with the lack of games that were made for the system. It didn't get the support from atari that it deserved.
Pros: Quirky design, some great games, Collectible value
Cons: Poor controller, limited games library, let down by Atari
Excerpt: "This is one for the Retro gamer out there. orignaly a forgotten about console that nobody really could be bothered with. now i see people walking into secongd hand shops and paying hundreds for these ( DONT) i got one for £20. its a great console with great games but only if your into your games from the late 80s and 90s. they came usually with Doom so you had somthing to play and at the time Doom on a 64bit console was unheard of now its just great ...
Summary: I got this machine when it first came out expecting something so amazing it would blow my mind.I was so wrong.It was a nasty machine big and bulky with the most awful controllers ever seen in the gaming world(you even had to put a cover on the buttons to see what they were all for for most games).The only good game was aliens vs predator but even that was so bad it sent me into a fit.
Excerpt: "...to know is that the Atari Jaguar is bad. Fortunately it is one of those rare items that is so bad it comes out the other side and ends up as quite good! I'm just glad I never splashed out on one when they were released, but waited until I found a cheap 2nd hand one last year. Looking back, you have to wonder what Atari thought they were doing. Pitching the Jaguar against the original Playstation, the Saturn and the prospects of the Nintendo 64 ...
Excerpt: "The Atari Jaguar was the world's first 64-bit home console video game system, which came onto the market nearer the end of 1993. It was a console released before the 32 bit Playstation, the 32 bit Saturn, and the 64bit Nintendo 64, was it’s head start an advantage?, certainly not…... In the past everyone involved in gaming knew that the more ‘bits’ a certain console had the better it was going to be, well I certainly did ...
Excerpt: Me encanta esta consola por el leñazo que se pegó en su día. Iba de adelantada a su época, parecía que dejaba en pañales a todas las consolas de la competencia y el nombre "Jaguar" era muy molón. Al final, la cosa no cuajó y la presente consola, además de no venderse especialmente bien, dejó a los señores de Atari tan tocados que ésta fue la última consola de la mítica compañía.
Pros: Pieza de coleccionismo e historia de los videojuegos