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The Atari Jaguar 64-bit interactive multimedia video game system.  First released in the U.S.A in 1993 followed by a later release in the rest of the world in early 1994.  The Jaguar continues to thrive today due to the Jag-Fest conferences and a large bustling homebrew community.  Forums such as Jaguar Sector II and Atari Age keep this machine alive today.
 
 
 
The Jaguar console is unquestionably a cult classic.  The original price was $249.99 (USA), £199.99 (UK), ¥24800 (Japan) but you can now pick it up from auction sites from around £20.00.

 

 

Technical specifications

Processors

  • "Tom" Chip, 26.59 MHz
    • Graphics processing unit (GPU) – 32-bit RISC architecture, 4 KB internal cache, provides wide array of graphic effects
    • Object Processor – 64-bit RISC architecture; programmable; can behave as a variety of graphic architectures
    • Blitter – 64-bit RISC architecture; high speed logic operations, z-buffering and Gouraud shading, with 64-bit internal registers.
    • DRAM controller, 32-bit memory management
  • "Jerry" Chip, 26.59 MHz
    • Digital Signal Processor – 32-bit RISC architecture, 8 KB internal cache
      • Same RISC core as the GPU, but not limited to graphic production
    • CD-quality sound (16-bit stereo)
      • Number of sound channels limited by software
      • Two DACs (stereo) convert digital data to analog sound signals
      • Full stereo capabilities
    • Wavetable synthesis, FM synthesis, FM Sample synthesis, and AM synthesis
    • A clock control block, incorporating timers, and a UART
    • Joystick control
  • Motorola 68000 "used as a manager."
    • General purpose 16/32-bit control processor, 13.295 MHz

Other

  • RAM: 2 MB on a 64-bit bus using 4 16-bit fast page mode DRAMS
  • Storage: Cartridge – up to 6 MB
  • Support for ComLynx I/O
 
Accessories
 

AC Adapter

AC power adapter.  Interchangeable for both  the Jaguar base unit and the Jaguar CD.

 

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CatBox by ICD

No longer produced, the CatBox is much sought after by Jaguar collectors.  The CatBox has several few useful ports:

 

Composite and S-Video Jacks

DSP-through connector 

RS232 and RJ11 CatNet communication ports

RGB Monitor port

Stereo/Mono Line-Out Audio Jacks

Two Powered Headphone Jacks with Volume Control

 

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Composite Video Cable

Allows you to plug a Jaguar into a television using a standard composite, RCA-style, video connector.  An improvement over using the RF Game/TV switch, however image quality is improved when using the Jaguar S-Video cable.

 

 

Controller

The standard 15 pin controller, as seen above, was bundled with the Jaguar.  It consists of a directional keypad, action buttons A, B, and C, pause and option buttons and a telephone style numeric keypad.  Plastic overlay inserts for the 12 button keypad were available for a select range of games inc Alien Vs Predator (one overlay for each character), Trevor McFur, Hoverstrike, Wolfenstein 3D, Cybermorph, Battlemorph, Baldies, Doom, Iron Soldier and Blue Lightning to name but a few.

 

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Game/TV Switch

Game/TV Switch allowing you to connect a Jaguar to a television using a coaxial RF input. This results in the poorest image and sound quality.

 

JagLink Interface

Allows the Atari Jaguar to be networked with another Jaguar unit.  It comes with two small boxes that allow you to network two Jaguars together. The JagLink box plugs into the DSP port on the back of the Jaguar.  Three games can make use of the JagLink: Air Cars, BattleSphere, and Doom.

 

 

MemoryTrack Cartridge

Plugs into the Jaguar CD's cartridge port and allows you to store save-game data to the cartridge's battery-backed up memory.  It came packaged in a box the same size as the game cartridges.

 

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Pro Controller

The Pro Controller has three new action buttons X, Y, and Z as well as two shoulder buttons L and R. These are linked from the existing telephone style numeric keypad buttons. The Pro Controller is compatible with all Jaguar games however games such as Primal Rage were designed with the Pro Controller in mind.  Games that were created before the Pro Controller can still take advantage of the new keys if they used the numeric keypad.  Games that take special advantage of the Pro Controller are:

 

Atari Karts (Atari)

Battlemorph (Atari)

BattleSphere (4Play/ScatoLOGIC)

Fight for Life (Atari)

Missile Command 3D (Atari)

Primal Rage (Time-Warner Interactive)

Total Carnage (Songbird Productions)

 

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S-Video Cable

Allows you to plug a Jaguar into a television using an S-Video input resulting in excellent video quality.

 

 

TeamTap

Allows you to use up to four controllers in one of the Jaguar's controller ports. By using two TeamTaps up to eight people can play at a single time.  There are only a few games that support up to eight players.  Along with the Memory Track the Team Tap also came packaged in a box the same size as the Jaguar game cartridges.

 
 
 
Games List:
 
 

Aircars

Alien vs. Predator

Atari Karts

Atomic

Attack of the Mutant Penguins

Baldies (CD)

Barkley Shut Up and Jam (Beta)

Battlemorph (CD)

BattleSphere

Blue Lightning (CD)

Brain Dead 13 (CD)

Breakout 2000

Brett Hull Hockey (Beta)

Brutal Sports Football

Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tails

Cannon Fodder

Charles Barkley's Shut Up & Jam (Beta)

Checkered Flag

Club Drive

Cybermorph

Crescent Galaxy

Defender 2000

DiamJag

Doom

Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls

Dragon's Lair (CD)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Evolution: Dino Dudes

Fever Pitch Soccer

Fight For Life

Flashback

Flip Out!

Frog Feast

Frog Feast (CD)

GORF 2000 (CD) 

Highlander (CD)

Hover Strike

Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands (CD)

Hyper Force

Iron Soldier

Iron Solder Beta

Iron Soldier 2

I-War

Jaguar Mind: Bomb Squad (CD)
Kasumi Ninja
Lost Treasures (CD)
Missile Command 3D

Myst (CD)

NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

Ocean Depths (CD)

Painter (CD)

Pinball Fantasies

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Power Drive Rally

Primal Rage (CD)

Protector

Raiden

Rayman

Ruiner Pinball

Sensible Soccer

Skycopter (Sold as rideable gaming unit to Wal-Mart and K-Mart stores. Extremely rare.)

Skyhammer

Soccer Kid

Space Ace (CD)

SpaceWar 2000

Super Burnout

SuperCross 3D

Syndicate

Tempest 2000

Theme Park

Total Carnage

Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer

Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy

Troy Aikman NFL Football

Ultra Vortek

Val D'isére Skiing and Snowboarding

Vid Grid (CD)

White Men Can't Jump

Wolfenstein 3D

World Tour Racing

Worms

Zero 5

Zool 2

Zoop