The Atari Jaguar was released in 1993 and was proclaimed the “First 64-Bit System.” Interesting enough this system started out as a 32-Bit system code named “Panther” but that was scrapped as Atari wanted to leap-frog the competition. Unfortunately this caused some problems for Atari as information leaked out that the system actually had two 32-Bit processors working in parallel and not a true 64-Bit processor. This, along with titles being rushed out or simply being canceled, lead to the system not being taken too seriously by gamers who were already being wowed by images of what the Playstation could do.
Another problem the system had was it’s controller. Granted it is much better than the Atari 5200’s controller but why does Atari feel they have to add number keypads to their controllers? It doesn’t make the games more immersive, it just makes them more difficult to control.
Their were several really good games for the Atari Jaguar and my favorite by far was Aliens Vs. Predator. Some didn’t like it because of the lack of music in the game but I thought that made it even more eerie than if you had a rock beat as you played.
In conclusion I feel this system was a good idea but was just implemented entirely rock and some small mistakes lead to it’s early demise. Still, it’s a part of gaming history and perfect for anyone’s collection.