The images of the Atari Jaguar are categorized and show the console, joystick controllers and several 3rd party accessories. You will also find detailed close-ups of the ports and connections available on the Jaguar.
Atari Jaguar box. Released by Atari Corporation in 1993, it was the last console marketed under the Atari brand until the release of the Atari Flashback in 2004. The Jaguar was introduced at $249.99, under a $500 million manufacturing deal with IBM.
Atari Jaguar box - rear view. It was designed to surpass the Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES, and the Panasonic 3DO in processing power. Although launched one year earlier, it was eventually in competition with both the Sega Saturn, the Sony PlayStation, and other consoles that made up the 5th generation of video game consoles.
Atari Jaguar box - side. It was first released in New York City and San Francisco on November 23, 1993, and the rest of the country in early 1994. Although it was promoted as the first 64-bit gaming system, the Jaguar proved to be a commercial failure and prompted Atari to leave the home video game console market.
Atari Jaguar 64-Bit Console
Atari Jaguar console - front view. The Jaguar was the last console produced by an American company until the 2001 introduction of Microsoft's Xbox.
Atari Jaguar console with Cartridge inserted. An Atari backed developer,Flare II, initially designed 2 consoles for Atari Corp. One was a 32-bit architecture (codenamed "Panther"), and the other was a 64-bit system (codenamed "Jaguar"). Work on the Jaguar design progressed faster than expected, so Atari canceled the Panther project to focus on the more promising Jaguar.
Atari Jaguar console 3/4 view. The Jag's hardware was crippled by a flaw in the CPU's memory controller, which prevented code execution out of system RAM.
Atari Jaguar console - rear view. Atari tried to play down the Saturn and PlayStation consoles by proclaiming the Jaguar was the only 64-bit system. This claim is questioned by some, because the CPU (68000) and GPU executed a 32-bit instruction-set, but sent control signals to the 64-bit graphics co-processors (accelerators"). Atari stated that the mere presence of 64-bit ALUs for graphics was sufficient to validate the claim.
Atari Jaguar console - bottom view. Several add-on peripherals were announced. However, only the ProController, the Atari Jaguar CD drive, and the JagLink (a simple two-console networking device) reached retail shelves.
Atari Jaguar console setup. After the Atari properties were bought out by Hasbro Interactive in the late 1990s, Hasbro released the rights to the Jaguar, declaring the console an open platform and opening the doors for homebrew development. A few developers, including Telegames and Songbird Productions, have not only released previously unfinished materials from the Jaguar's past, but also several brand new titles to satisfy the system's cult following.
Atari Jaguar Ports and Connections
Atari Jaguar console - rear ports. Atari Games licensed the Atari Jaguar's chipset for use in its arcade games. The system, named COJAG (for Coin-Op Jaguar), replaced the 68000 with a 68020 or MIPS R3000-based CPU (depending on the board version), and added a hard drive and more RAM. It ran the lightgun games Area 51 and Maximum Force. Other games, 3 On 3 Basketball, Fishin' Frenzy, Freeze and Vicious Circle were developed but never released.
Atari Jaguar console - rear ports. Late in the life span of the company, Atari released a long-promised CD-ROM unit. The unit hit shelves on September 11, 1995 and retailed for $149.95. The device sat atop the Jaguar console, snapping into the cartridge slot. The drive had its own cartridge slot to allow cartridge games to be played without removing the CD drive.
Atari Jaguar Joystick Controller
Atari Jaguar controller - front view.
Atari Jaguar controller.
Atari Jaguar controller - 3/4 front view.
Atari Jaguar controller - Rear View.
Atari Jaguar Game Cartridges
Cybermorph game cart for Atari Jaguar. Jaguar earned praise with Tempest 2000, Doom, Wolfenstein 3D,and Rayman. The most successful title during the Jaguar's first year was Alien vs. Predator. Both it and Tempest 2000 were named among the system's defining titles by GamePro in 2007.
Atari Jaguar game cart - rear view.
Atari Jaguar game cart PCB edge connector.
Atari Jaguar Accessories
I discovered my Jaguar games it into this Sega Genesis cartridge organizer. The odd curved shape of the Jaguar carts made them hard to stack/store without something to hold them.
Atari Jaguar Teamtap Multi-player Adapter allows up to 4 player to connect to a game.
Atari Jaguar Teamtap Multi-player Adapter - back of box.
Atari Jaguar ProController box.
Atari Jaguar JagLink allowed two Jaguar consoles to be linked for multiplayer action.
Atari Jaguar JagLink.
Atari Jaguar JagLink Instructions.
Atari Jaguar Warranty Card
Atari Jaguar Translucent Case/Shell
As the cornerstone of the Retro VGS console, this translucent Jaguar case will be it's shell. Due to be Kickstarted in the Summer of 2015, this new console will feature modern retro-inspired games and homebrews. All games will be put onto cartridges!
Front of the translucent Jaguar shell. Front of the translucent Jaguar shell with translucent cartridge shell.
Right side of the translucent Jaguar shell.
Left side of the translucent Jaguar shell with cartridge.
Back of the translucent Jaguar shell.
Top of the translucent Jaguar shell.
Atari Jaguar Promotional Items
"Best Games. Best System. Best get off your butt and get one!"
Checkered Flag ad. "Any racing game will give you souped-up cars. How many throw in penguins and a blimp?"
Flip Out promo postcard
Iron Soldier ad
Ad for the Atari Jaguar "Get Bit"
Ad for the Atari Jaguar "Can you connect the dot" (1993)
Atari Jaguar & CD "It's a digital Jungle out there" (1994)
Ad for Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar (1994)
Ad for Kasumi Ninja on the Atari Jaguar - "Help I've Been Dismembered and I Can't Get Up" (1994)
Kasumi Ninja is referred to as the first 32-Meg fighting game for the Jaguar.
Ad for Doom on the Atari Jaguar (1994)
Ad for Kick Off 3 on the Atari Jaguar (1994)
Licensed from Nintendo, Kick Off 3 was to be released on SNES, Genesis, PC and Jaguar platforms. The Atari Jaguar version never made it to retail shelves. The Kick Off series was quite popular since it gave a perspective to the players as opposed to a top-doen view - popular at the time.
It is rumored that the title was completed for the Jaguar, but critics hated the 3rd installment (on all platform releases) which may have contributed to it not appearing for the Jag. I've read that Atari even went to Anco asking that the game be improved.
Atari Jaguar Preview Magazine (1994) which highlighted existing and upcoming game titles with descriptions.
Atari Jaguar Specification pamphlet.
Jagar Ad in Tiger Direct catalog.
By the time a product wound up in this discounter's catalog, you know it was past it's prime - especially when you see a Jaguar for $59.99.
Jagar Clothing. White logo jacket, fanny pack, and hat.
Did you know the Jag briefly became a dental tool? After the Jaguar's life cycle, the injection molds for the console were soled to a dental group that used them to manufacture oral cameras. The Imagin Hot Rod Intra-Oral Camera was the second life of the Atari Jaguar.