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Atari Jaguar

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A basic Atari Jaguar and controller.
An Atari Jaguar CD and Pro controller.



Sketch of the Atari Panther, the cancelled predecessor to the Jaguar.

The number pad at the bottom of the controller was designed to offer extra control, and also to accept paper overlays per game.[1]

The Atari Jaguar was manufactured in Charlotte, North Carolina and Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]


Atari did not overly focus on internal software development, instead focusing on their core competency of hardware and leaving software mostly to third parties.[3]


The Atari Jaguar was discontinued in 1996 and rights to the system were released to the public by Hasbro at E3 in 1999.[4][5]

The Atari Jaguar sold 250,000 consoles at most.[6]

The machines used to make Atari Jaguar cases were repurposed for making dental equipment cases.[7][8] The Jaguar molds are said to have been reused for the canceled Coleco Chameleon console.[9]



The Jaguar contains five processors, with the primary two 32 bit processors being named Tom and Jerry being clocked at clocked at 26 megahertz.[4][2][10] The Jaguar was capable of 55 Million Instructions Per Second(MIPS).[11]

The Jaguar contains two megabytes of RAM.[2]

The Jaguar development kit was considered to be well made.[12]

Notable Games[edit]








Jaguar CD[edit]



External Resources[edit]


  1. "Is This The Worst Controller Ever Made?" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/is-this-the-worst-controller-ever-made-453103476. Retrieved 25 October 2020. 
  2. a b c "Jaguar FAQ". https://atariage.com/Jaguar/faq/index.html?SystemID=JAGUAR. Retrieved 15 November 2020. 
  3. Burns, Benjamin (19 February 2020). "The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out" (in en). https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-02-19-the-story-of-black-ice-white-noise-the-atari-jaguar-saviour-that-never-came-out. Retrieved 30 October 2020. 
  4. a b "Video game controller:Atari Jaguar Controller - Atari, Inc." (in en). https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/video-game-controller-atari-jaguar-controller-atari-inc/lAHJKgCXIVoUNA?hl=en. Retrieved 14 November 2020. 
  5. "Hasbro Releases Jaguar Publishing Rights!!!". http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/hasbrojagrelease.html. Retrieved 14 November 2020. 
  6. "Atari Jaguar (1993-1996)" (in en). 14 October 2016. https://hiscoga.wordpress.com/atari-jaguar-1993-1996/. Retrieved 14 November 2020. 
  7. Orland, Kyle (8 May 2015). "“Retro VGS” console aims to revive the humble video game cartridge [Updated"] (in en-us). Ars Technica. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/05/retro-vgs-console-aims-to-revive-the-humble-video-game-cartridge/. Retrieved 25 October 2020. 
  8. "The Machines That Literally Made Atari's Last Console" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/the-machines-that-literally-made-ataris-last-console-5934490. Retrieved 25 October 2020. 
  9. "Coleco Chameleon console runs into trouble, could lose Coleco branding" (in en). https://www.stuff.tv/news/coleco-chameleon-console-runs-trouble-could-lose-coleco-branding. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  10. "The Atari Jaguar That Should Have Been". Hackaday. 27 November 2013. https://hackaday.com/2013/11/27/the-atari-jaguar-that-should-have-been/. Retrieved 25 October 2020. 
  11. "Atari Jaguar - On the Prowl". http://www.gamezero.com/team-0/articles/features/jaguar_93/. Retrieved 21 November 2020. 
  12. "Interview - Hyper Image Productions". http://www.gamezero.com/team-0/articles/interviews/hyper_image/. Retrieved 21 November 2020.