[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Jaguar on Clearance (Atari Jaguar Turns 20)

November 11th, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Atari Jaguar and Jaguar CD on Sale in TigerDirect Catalog - 1997Atari Jaguar on Sale in 1997: "Includes RISC Processors!"

The Atari Jaguar launched at retail 20 years ago this Friday — November 15, 1993.

In April 1994, I received a Jaguar for my birthday, and it was one of the most exciting days of my life. That Christmas, my parents gave me Doom for the Jaguar, and I had a blast. After that, not many truly great games came out for the Jaguar (I'd say Tempest 2000 is the system-exclusive standout).

Partly because of that lack of great software, the Jaguar sunk fast — especially in the face of strong competition from Sony, Sega, and Nintendo (throw in some 3DO and Neo-Geo in there as well). The mid-1990s was a hard time to be a video game console.

By 1997, the Jaguar was toast. If I recall correctly, TigerDirect bought up a huge inventory of unsold Jaguar and Jaguar CD systems and sold them through their catalog.

This scan is a page from a 1997 TigerDirect catalog advertising the Jaguar for a mere $59.99 and the CD add-on for $89.99. Lucky for me, this is how I bought my Jaguar CD system, along with the advertised ultra-cheap game packs. CD exclusives Myst and Cybermorph 2 were worth the purchase alone.

So happy birthday, Jag. Sorry I can't write more about you now. But I've written a lot about you on VC&G in the past. To read more, check out the links at the bottom of this post.

[ From TigerSoftware Winter PC Sale Book 1997, Vol VII Issue 2, p.2 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite Atari Jaguar game?


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5 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Jaguar on Clearance (Atari Jaguar Turns 20)”

  1. Eagles409 Says:

    Other than Doom I only had Wolfenstein and Tempest 2000 for the system. I worked at Tiger Direct in the mid-late 90s and at the end they had Jaguar systems on clearance for $20. That's where I bought mine well after the system was dead. Those awful controllers were what killed that system. Atari has always had horrible controllers.

  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Favorite part of the ad: "Includes RISC processors!" Remember when that was considered a strong selling point?

  3. idisjunction Says:

    RISC, smisk. I'd settle for one of those ultra-powerful MMX PCs.

  4. Vick Finn Says:

    The Jaguar was not released in NY or SF on November 15, 1993, it was released on Thursday November 18, 1993.

  5. SirFatty Says:

    TigerDirect and KB Toys… I remember a pallet of the Jaguars sitting in the entrance to the store… had one in my hands, but my wife talked me out of it. This would have been around 1997.

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