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We've glossed over this console in a few other videos, as it was really released in the prime

of console competition and innovation.

Everything on paper about the Jaguar should have send it hurtling to startdom, but it

remains a lesser known machine of the 90s.

We've covered the past of Atari in previous videos along with the ST, so let's wade into

this Jaguar laden jungle, beginning in 1985.

Technology wise, a hell of a year to be alive.

Atari had been known as a gaming company for years and after buying out Atari's Consumer

division, Jack Tramiel wasn't about to let go of that heritage.

With existing Atari stock on his hands, his first job was to push out existing console

stocks of the Darth Vader style 2600's and the Atari XL Series, based on the original

Atari 8 bit home micros.

This kept money coming in whilst they finalised and launched their new Atari ST machine; the

system Atari Corporation's future depended upon.

But Tramiel also recognised there was room for budget video game consoles to compete

with the reignited games market thanks in part to the Nintendo Entertainment System.

In late 1985 Michael Katz was poached from Epyx to run Atari's new Entertainment, Electronics

division.

In 1986 they would re-launch the Atari 2600, as the 2600 Junior alongside the upgraded

Atari 7800.

Somewhat aging hardware, but they ignited nostalgia amongst fans and both offered a

vast array of easy to use home titles thanks to backwards compatibility.

In 1987 the XE Games System was launched.

Based on the aging 8 bit Atari line, this machine offered high compatibility with original

software and peripherals, but was sleeker and furnished to fit in with the recently

released Atari ST.

It also sported some new titles such as Barnyard Blaster and Bug Hunt along with various repackaged

existing titles.

Blessed with a trusted name, the initial production run of 100,000 systems was sold over the Christmas

1987 season.

However the specifications of these machines were basic, and although the range was selling

reasonably well, they weren't really kitted for competing with the current systems in

the console market, let alone new hardware on the horizon.

Forward to 1989, Jack Tramiel had retired from daily operations of Atari and his son

Sam was now in charge, although Jack still remained on the Atari board.

Atari's ST are selling well, but there's still plenty of room in the advancing gaming market.

This year would mark the entry of two significant machines to the Atari line designed to plug

that gap.

The first would be the Atari STE; an upgraded ST model featuring a blitter chip, improved

graphics and enriched sound.

The second would be a device pitched to them from Michael Katz's former company, Epyx.

Designed by Dave Needle and RJ Mical, formly members of the Amiga design team, along with

their CEO - David Morse - also from Amiga.

Epyx first approached Nintendo regarding their new handheld device, called the Handy in 1987.

However, Nintendo had already began work on the Game Boy and weren't really interested.

Epyx then approached Atari, with whom they already had software licensing deals in place,

to request funding and were pleased to find Jack Tramiel was very interested.

Atari had attempted to produce their own portable machine - The Atari 2200 - but were experiencing

a few issues around design and implementation.

But blessed with many innovative features, the system showcased by Epyx was at the cutting

edge of design, poised to have a colour LCD screen and incorporate 16 bit design elements.

It was agreed that Atari would manufacture and market the handheld and Epyx would supply

the games.

This allowed Atari to enter the handheld market with very little work or investment.

With a handheld in the bag which would soon adopt the Lynx name, it was time to look at

the console market once again.

Given that Atari already had the basis of a games machine in their ST computer, they

began work on a prototype in 1988 called the Super XE.

The Super XE was conceived to be an upgrade to their XE Games System; a cross between

the ST, but with a double clocked Motorola 68000 CPU and a Transputer Blossom video card

- this was based around a parallel microchip design by Bristol company, Inmos, and was

in effect a pre-cursor to multi-core processors.

This technology was later incorporated into the extremely rare Atari Transputer Workstation.

However Atari would again look externally, this time to find a company to complete and

implement their chip and circuit design, and fortunately Richard Miller from Atari's Texas

R&D division had connections with a gent by the name of John Mathieson.

Over in Cambridge, England, Martin Brennan, Ben Cleese and John Mathieson, had established

a company called Flare Technology in 1986 after the demise of their previous company,

Sinclair Research.

Their first business was developing a technology demonstration system for Amstrad called the

Flare One.

This system was intended to become a games machine with high end audio and video capabilities

and was rumored to share design aspects from an abandoned Sinclair machine, the Loki - a

ZX Spectrum derived home computer based around a Z80 CPU but with custom sound and graphics

chips designed to rival the upcoming Atari ST and Amiga machines.

The Flare One ended up being used in some arcade cabinets including some quiz machines

produced by Bellfruit.

It was also further developed for use in the Konix Multisystem Slipstream prototype and

had some impressive capabilities; It could move sprites and block graphics faster than

an Atari ST with up to 256 colours and could even handle 3D models akin to the 32 bit Acorn

Archimedes.

But Konix sadly experienced financial difficulties and it was not to be.

Thankfully Atari's connections to Flare, along with their gained expertise allowed Atari

to hand the Super XE over to them for completion in 1989, the same year Michael Katz would

move to Sega and push the Genesis.

Flare would push the design of the Super XE incorporating a dedicated object processor

called the Panther after the car owned by Martin Brennan's wife; a Panther Kallista,

alongside an Ensoniq sound processor.

The setup allowing a huge 8,192 on screen colours from a palette of 262,144 and with

impressive sprite handling capabilities.

The system would then adopt the Panther name as a whole.

But Flaire would also begin working on an additional project under the Flare Two studio

name, which would incorporate similar features.

This system was designed to be a 64 bit powerhouse, which with the help of their Konix Multisystem

work, convinced Atari would destroy the likes of the Sega Mega Drive whilst remaining cost

effective.

Development of both the Panther and the new Jaguar continued, following in the naming

style of ever increasing cat sizes, with the handheld dubbed after the smaller Lynx, but

by 1991 it was clear that the Jaguar was progressing far quicker than expected.

Despite the Panther being pretty much ready for launch, it was cancelled so that Atari

and Flare could concentrate on bringing something even more special to market.

The Atari Lynx had by now already launched, and although initial sales were compelling

with 90% of it's initial 1989 release shipment selling within a matter of days, the Nintendo

Game Boy had slowed penetration.

Despite the advanced Lynx hardware, battery life and low cost seemed order of the day

in this fledgling market.

However, the cutting edge console market was going in the opposite direction, with consumers

demanding more bits and more power.

Atari had also updated their home computer line in 1989 with the ST Enhanced model, providing

a blitter chip, more colours and improved sound abilities.

But a lack of specific software along with a slow uptake in the United States meant that

Atari's market penetration was limited.

Atari would need to go all out, and with Flare working on the Jaguar, Atari themselves continued

improving their ST line with their next home computer, the Atari Falcon.

A machine which would borrow design aspects from the new Jaguar technology including the

incorporation of a Digital Signal Processor and the ability to utilise some Jaguar accessories,

including the Joypads.

With the Sega Mega Drive gaining global dominance based on it's advanced design and reasonable

cost, The Atari Jaguar felt like Atari's ticket to get back in the game, and looking at the

specifications, it's not hard to see why;

The console has 5 processors in 3 chips.

The first is Tom, consisting of 750,000 transistors and clocked at 26.591MHz.

The 32 bit RISC architecture is responsible for the system's graphical processing.

This chip also incorporates a 64 bit object processor and 64 bit blitter processor for

logical operations.

The system could technically handle unlimited hardware sprites.

Although you're always limited by the processing time.

The second chip, Jerry, has 600,000 transistors and is a 32-bit Digital Signal Processor clocked

at 26.6MHz.

It's able to produce CD Quality sound, with full stereo capability and wavetable synthesis.

The processor can also perform complex mathematical functions.

A Motorola 68000 clocked at 13.295MHz provides general purpose ability.

The consoles 64 bit bus can transport a whopping 106.4 Mega Bytes per second

16.8 million colours are available allowing for 2D games which look staggering.

Port wise, the Jag has a 32 bit cartridge slot, an RF video output and a video edge

connector supporting both NTSC and PAL.

There's also a Digital Signal Processor port for serial communication, which can be connected

to the Atari Lynx ComLynx port.

2 controller ports are provided, and the controllers are apparently the same as designed for the

Panther and are hefty beasts.

Sporting 12 selection buttons on the lower half, which can be embezzled with a slot in

card bespoke to each game, and a fairly standard 3+2+DPad layout at the top.

Many people find these controllers cumbersome, large and uncomfortable.

But I actually really like them.

I haven't got particularly big hands, but it seems to fit perfectly and the selection

buttons just speak to my always conscious craving for keyboard style variety built in

to a console.

Most controllers stop working when the wire gets too bent, but this one has actually started

to come apart and still works fine.

I'm not sure whether that means it's quality for working, or crap for falling apart.

Either way, "I love it".

IBM would manufacture the hardware and custom chip designs under a $500 million deal, with

Atari wanting to retain the image of a homegrown American system, despite it's somewhat English

roots.

In many ways the Jaguar is actually pretty similar to the unreleased Panther in both

it's custom chip abilities and the use of a Motorola 68000 control processor.

In fact, even the Jaguar's pack-in game Cybermorph is supposedly a port from the Panther hardware

it was originally developed for, and may explain it's somewhat lack-lustre draw distance.

Being involved in early development titles, Jeff Minter, of Tempest 2000 fame, has also

confirmed this and cites that even with the huge sprite allowance, putting too many on

a single scanline would require too much processing time and cause a tear across the affected

row.

However the technical differences were enough for Atari to negate their Mega Drive and Super

Nintendo rival for something considerably more hardcore.

The problem was, that hardcore still took another 2 years.

Atari's computer development would arrive first, with the Atari Falcon arriving in 1992,

but unfortunately also the year Windows 3.1 would arrive and begin changing the IBM Compatible

landscape.

It was also the same year Sega launched their Sega CD, allowing a reasonable expansion on

the Genesis hardware.

By September 1993, Atari's old rival Commodore had released their console entry in the guise

of the Amiga CD 32, packing an AGA chipset, 32 bits and a CD-ROM drive, it was headed

in the right direction.

Only a month later the 3DO Company would launch, The 3DO, surprisingly.

Based on a 32 bit RISC CPU and offering impressive FMV and 3D capabilities.

The specifications which made the Jaguar look impressive, were still impressive, but the

market had already began watering down.

The Jaguar would be the last in this wave of super

consoles to arrive, unveiled at the August 1993 Chicago Consumer Entertainment Show and

with a test North American launch throughout New York and San Francisco in November 1993.

However it had a few advantages.

Firstly, it was cheaper.

Even launching for $50 more than Atari's quoted price of $200 is was still some $100 less

than the European focussed CD32, and almost a third of the price of a 3DO - Atari hadn't

been able to use their "Power without the Price" slogan for the Lynx, but the Jaguar

was back on familiar ground.

Second, the Jaguar had seemingly leapt an entire generation.

Whilst the competition were churning out 16 and 32 bit consoles.

Here, was a machine claiming to offer a whopping 64 bits of bus space.

Could it be true?

The initial advertising claimed so, boldly stamping the tagline "Do the Math", and magazine

screenshots looked impressive.

But in the flesh the Cybermorph pack in game didn't look quite as impressive as 64 bits

should.... did it?

People were playing StarFox by now on 16 bit systems, and most people who used a somewhat

simplistic and impaired notion of bits to derive hardware ability expected a game that

looked 4 times as good.

Cybermorph looked pretty good, but not 4 times as good!?...

We'll come back to that in a second.

Atari were hoping that the initial wow factor would ride their system straight into the

homes of gamers, but had shipped only 17,000 units in their inital test market - fewer

than they were hoping for.

Still, press reaction was fairly positive, possibly with everyone still whipped into

a blinding 64 bit frenzy and Atari had promised some impressive add-ons.

These included a CD-ROM based expansion, dial up internet link for online gaming, MPEG-2

video card and even a virtual reality headset, riding on the early 90s wave of virtual reality

arcade machines.

By early 1994 the system was rolled out through North America, with Europe following in mid

1994 and even Korea and Japan witnessing their own launch (where only a meagre 5,000 were

sold), and even though some system worthy games had started to surface, in part due

to Jeff Minter having a headstart on the Panther system, software was still lacking, and it's

not even worth me repeating how essential software is to a machine's success.

We've all witnessed it countless times.

Cybermorph was the standard pack in game, and although it showed that the system could

do 3D, it was lacking in playability, mostly as the landscape was drawn literally a few

metres in front of you, leading to the all too familiar phrase....

"Where did you learn to drive".... NOT IN DENSE FOG APPARENTLY!

The reason for this was mainly due to Atari rushing through the Jaguar's design.

Although the system had launched some 2 years after the Panther was supposedly ready, Sam

Tramiel and the Atari executives still hassled Flare like crazy to get the custom hardware

finalised for 1991 so that product testing could be carried out during 1992.

This resulted in 3 factors which severely limited the Jaguar's impact.

The first was buggy and somewhat crippled hardware.

The custom chip design wasn't quite complete and was one register short of being a much

smoother experience.

The system was massively powerful as a 2D system and pretty good for 3D, but having

an additional address register on the object processor along with a slightly increased

cache would have allowed the hardware to easily rival next generation consoles such as the

Playstation and Sega Saturn.

Second was the poorly written development documentation.

It's commonly known that the custom dual processor setup of the Jaguar was difficult to code

for, deterring many developers, but yet the Sega Saturn had a similar, if not more complicated

design.

The main snag was that developers were for the most part, coding blind.

Game designers tried to seek help from Atari for months, but due to drastic under-staffing,

it mostly fell on deaf ears.

In conjunction with this, and the third point is the development tools.

Like the documentation, they were unfinished, buggy and pretty unhelpful.

Contrast this to the Sony Playstation who provided the best tools they could for game

developers and you can see where the difference is.

Atari had promised a swathe of 200 developers already on-board and producing titles, but

these 3 problems alone, meant a lot of developers just dropped out.

The ones which remained mostly stuck with what they knew and rather than utilising the

powerful custom chips, just stuck with the machine's Motorola 68000 processor.

Rather than game upon game of brilliant graphics and sound, we mostly witnessed a wave of games

which looked almost identical to their 16 bit counterparts, and the reason is, because

they were.

It was far easier to just port across an Amiga or Mega Drive title written around the 68000

chip than pour hours and hours of work into creating something bespoke.

But these weren't the only problems.

Not only did Atari not have the resources to produce many of their own internal games,

but they set third party licencing costs so high that it hardly seemed worth it.

Combined with the hard reputation Jack Tramiel had built up towards developers and dealers

in the years prior, this wan't adding up to be a pretty picture.

For all the advantages the Jaguar had, Atari were seemingly doing their best to negate

them.

And if it couldn't get any worse, all those bits, started to become somewhat of a sticking

point rather than a selling point.

Publications and television programs, especially over in the United States starting questioning

whether the system was really 64 bits at all, like it was be all and end all of technology.

You see, the Jaguar is built around the two custom 32 bit chips, Tom, the GPU and Jerry,

the Digital Signal Processor.

Both of these sit around the 16 bit Motorola 68000, which can in effect be by-passed altogether

or just left in charge of controller inputs.

But because the 64 bits of the Jaguar were made up from the 32 bits of Tom and Jerry,

many argued it wasn't really 64 bit, and this wasn't helped by the developers just using

the 16 bit 68000 for processing.....

Despite the fact that that the Jaguar still has a blisteringly fast 64 bit memory bus

connecting these chips, including the Blitter and Object Processor, the claim and lack of

gaming evidence still helped to infuse a bad even though potentially unjustified reputation

regarding the hardware.

However in October 1994, a game which had long been promised, but suffered a few delays

would emerge and help rectify that view, just a little bit....

Alien vs. Predator had been slapped in magazines and on TV shows for what seemed like years,

and although planned as an early launch title, it was still a treat to behold when it arrived.

The game was originally conceived as a Lynx title, but was switched as Atari began to

place all their eggs in the Jaguar basket (never puts eggs in a Jaguar shaped basket

kids.

They'll get eaten).

Developed by Rebellion, working closely with Atari, the latter development of the Jaguar

hardware and game were very intertwined, with some hardware tweaks made as a result of game

requirements.

With various concessions granted by Sam Tramiel, including double cartridge capacity, to 4MB

and a later release date, the game turned out to be one of the essential purchases for

the system

and was almost universally praised in reviews for it's tense atmosphere and foreboding game

experience...

apart from the odd magazine which really didn't get it.

One thing I'm gutted about was the Lynx was originally intended to be pair-able to the

Jaguar via.

the Com-Lynx port, allowing it to act as a motion scanner for the game, however dwindling

budgets just didn't allow for this scope of integration.

It would have been so damn cool though.

For me, personally.

Seeing that game in action was like a revelation.

It was my two favourite films combined into something playable and mind blowing.

It probably impressed me even more than Doom, and that's saying something.

Talking about Doom.

That was also released the following month and actually developed by id Software and

John Carmack himself.

Harking back to those hardware constraints he was quoted as saying "If the Jaguar had

dumped the 68000 and offered dynamic cache on the risc processors with some buffering

on the blitter, it would have put up a fight with the Playstation".

John has also mentioned that it's one of his favourite Doom versions and if you compare

it to other iterations of the time, it's clear how advanced the Jaguar hardware really is,

despite it's flaws.

It's also the only console version without music as the DSP chip was required for maths

processing, and this adds a somewhat atmospheric slant to the game, almost reminiscent of Alien

vs. Predator.

1994 also witnessed the the announcement of the Jaguar Voice & Data Communicator, known

as the JVM.

This allowed direct dial up play between console owners, although only about 100 units were

made and only one game, Ultra Vortek, supports the modem by entering 911 on the keypad at

game startup.

Other games were released in the Christmas run up.

Some good.

Some bad.

Christmas 1994 would mark the first real Christmas period for the Jaguar and although take up

was somewhat stilted in the US of A. Over in Europe and especially the UK, demand was

strong.

In fact, as with so many other systems we've covered, demand was outstripping supply.

But the tiny, 12 strong Atari team over in this region had a tough time from the beginning.

The Jaguar hit the ground running in mid 1994 and soon began outselling the much more expensive

3DO despite the European division having next to no marketing budget.

Most press coverage was done through interviews and reviews rather than paid advertising,

but this still created considerable demand, with the Atari brand seen as much stronger

over here riding on the success of the ST.

However, despite being promised 250k units for the Christmas period, only 25k were delivered

in early December, with another 25k just days before Christmas.

People wanted the machines, Atari just couldn't ship them.

It was a very similar state of affairs for the Amiga CD32 the previous year, which by

now had already been discontinued in April 1994 after the demise

of Commodore.

Atari just didn't have the resources to support their system successfully, and even a $140

million investment from Sega, part of which settled previous legal disputes as well as

opening up game patents for Sega's use, didn't help much either.

If there was one final chance for Atari, it

had just blown it.

As 1995 came around and after selling 100,000 units, the Jaguar would be dropped in price

to $149 in the US and a Pro Controller was released, offering some all sorts of additional

buttons to press your way around.

Some of which proving useful for the trickle of games still emerging.

Again the usual mix of lazy ports, occasional gem, and fair share of bad.

Nothing really ground breaking, although Missile Command 3D was a pretty good action package,

especially when used in conjunction with the Virtual Reality headset....

Wait a minute.

What happened to that promised VR system?

I remember seeing it advertised in ST Format and thinking, "blow me, this is going to be

frickin' amazing"....

But yet, it still wasn't here.

Maybe it'll arrive later in 1995.

Let's wait and see.

You see, things were pretty dire for Atari at this point.

Remember the Atari Falcon?

Yeah, that was discontinued way back in 1993 just a year after it's launch.

The ST was as dead as a dodo, and the Lynx was receiving the axe right about..... now.

Atari really did put all their faith in the Jaguar.

They had to.

A combination of poor past decisions, bad timing and just better competition, everywhere,

had crippled the once cutting edge company.

Sam Tramiel would do an interview in mid 1995 for Next Generation magazine where he claimed

that the Atari Jaguar was leaps ahead of the Saturn and equally as powerful as the Playstation.

He also claimed that the backwards compatible Jaguar 2 was in production and that they were

likely to sue Sony for attempting to subsidise the cost of the PlayStation via Japanese sales

and "dump it" in the US at a reduced cost.

None of these statements would come to fruition, although some Jaguar 2 prototypes are known

to exist and do work with existing Jaguar titles.

The same magazine also have a review of the Jaguar later in 1995 commenting that "thus

far, Atari has spectacularly failed to deliver on the software side, leaving many to question

the actual quality and capability of the hardware.

With only one or two exceptions - Tempest 2000 is cited most frequently - there have

just been no truly great games for the Jaguar up to now.".

They also noted that the company has much less brand recognition than Sega, Sony, Nintendo

and even 3DO, giving the system 2 out of 5 stars and commenting that if the price was

dropped further and more software made available, then it could still compete.

Both of which are easier said than done of course!

Still this was from the same publisher who said that Alien vs Predator was crap.

Sega would release the Saturn in the summer of 1995, followed by Sony's Playstation in

Autumn, and although the Jaguar had raw computational power that could actually beat these machines

with it's RISC processors, the Playstation had 3D acceleration built in from the go and

both the Sega and Sony machines had bigger budgets and better development resources.

We all know the story from this point out.

It also marked the point where many kids realised that bits, don't really mean too much as a

stand alone measurement of POWERRRRR.

During this year, Atari Corporation's sales more than halved, from $38.7 million in 1994

to $14.6 million in 1995 and only 25,000 Jaguar's would be sold, representing 76% of this income

figure.

It would be easy to blame it on Sam Tramiel pushing the Atari Jaguar out too early, or

refusing to launch the Panther.

But really.

What would that have achieved?

The Panther would likely have failed against the Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, and delaying

the Jaguar even further would have just pushed it more and more into Playstation and Sega

Saturn territory.

If you ask me Atari were facing a losing battle, which they tried hard to fight, but placing

all their bets on the Jaguar just didn't work out.

Despite the optimism, all of this weighed on Sam Tramiel and he would suffer a heart

attack before the year was out, thankfully he didn't die, but it led to Jack returning

to oversee operations.

Still, 1995 did have a few promising notes.

One of the promised accessories, the Atari Jaguar CD was actually released on 21st September

1995.

The unit offered a double speed drive and allowed Jaguar games with potentially huge

scope to come to fruition.

The unit has a cartridge slot at the rear allowing cartridge games to be passed through

and for the CD unit to remain in place.

This also allowed cartridge games to run in tandem with accompanying CD-ROMs, although

no such software was made.

What was made, was the Memory Track cartridge for saving game data and high scores.

The hardware also had a built in "Virtual Light Machine" written by Jeff Minter that

allowed changing on screen graphics through a spectrum analyser, much like Windows Media

Player would grace us with some 8 years later.

It's also worth noting that Jag CDs can hold 790MB of Data.

Much more than standard CD-ROMs, but also allowing for much less error correction, leading

to problems with units, especially ones which have survived into modern times.

Another surprise, at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show, 2 products were unveiled.

The first was..

YES!

The Virtual Reality headset!

The device was planned for pre-Christmas release, buuuttt, never made it.

There are however, two prototypes in existence, which are showcased at retro gaming events,

and apparently they work pretty well with Missile Command 3D.

Atari would also unveil the Jaguar Duo.

This wasn't a Jaguar 2, just a bathroom scale resembling piece of kit which combined the

Jaguar and CD Unit into one device.

Much like the Sega Multi Mega or CDX, and we know just how successful that was.

The Duo would also never make it to market.

In fact when Jack took the reigns, the Jaguar's planned accessories and spin offs were quickly

killed off, followed by a swathe of staff redundancies.

Atari Interactive, which had been setup to port games to MS-DOS was also closed and by

January 1996, he was looking to sell the company off, having decided it really was to get out

of the industry this time.

The rather strange demise for Atari would come in a reverse merger with hard drive manufacturer,

JTS Storage.

The new company, JTS Corporation would take Jack and some Atari executives on as board

members with the promise to shareholders that Atari would continue operations after the

deal was complete.

However by 1997 Atari was just a single person, and a desk, John Skruch.

John handled the final Jaguar support and licencing before the remainder of the company

was sold to Hasbro on 28th Februrary 1998 and finally on to Infogrames where it now

operates under the name of Atari SA.

As for the Jaguar.... well, official games continued to be produced up to 2000, and in

fact into 2000 and beyond, and this is in fact thanks to Hasbro.

Rather than stuffing away the rights of old inventions in a dark cupboard and leaving

them to fester, Hasbro actually released all the consoles rights, opening up the platform

for anyone to publish on.

To add an extra layer of icing, Curt Vendel of Atari Museum then happened to locate the

encryption keys for both cartridge and CD formats, allowing anyone to develop games

on unmodified machines.

Of course, developing on cartridges is harder, so the CD add ons are in high demand, but

software on both formats has been made available in recent years, and some of it is truly sensational.

In the UK, Telegames also sells remakes of Atari Jaguar Games and for a while consoles

were apparently available through Game stores.

They're not in Game anymore, but apparently still available online for £150.

It seems that some 20 years after the Jaguar looked to storm the world with the same number

64 that helped Jack Tramiel dominate with the Commodore 64, developers and committed

community members are finally unlocking the potential of those custom components and producing

some mind blowing games.

Maybe that comment Sam made about the Jaguar being as powerful as the Playstation wasn't

as throw away as it sounded.

His words seem to feel increasingly true as more and more secrets of this frankly impressive

machine are unlocked.

Oh, one last thing.

The Mould for the Jaguar case were bought by Imagin Systems, a dental imaging equipment

manufacturer early in the 00's and were used to hold their "HotRod" camera, with cartridge

moulds used to create optional memory expansions.

So if you ever see one on your dentist's wall, don't presume they're getting a bit of Jaguar

action in between appointments.

These moulds were then purchased by Mike Kennedy to house the Retro Video Game System, otherwise

known as the Coleco Chameleon.

The console that ended up just being a Super Nintendo Mini in a case.

Which isn't really a fitting end for this shell.

So let's hope it goes on to become something more substantial, and worthy of it's original

incarnation.

Because frankly, I love it.

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