When Atari finally announced the official launch of the Jaguar, the price tag was $200 and was bundled with a Cybermorph cartridge and one controller. However, when it actually hit store shelves the price had climbed to $250. Even with a higher price tag, sales were brisk. IBM was manufacturing the system for Atari, and things were looking up. Atari was set to market the Jaguar with a $3 million advertising budget, a telephone support line, and promised support from over 20 third party developers. However, retailers and the media were still skeptical that Atari could deliver quality software and keep all of its promises.
The Jaguar's first game was the system pack-in, Cybermorph. Although an impressive polygonal game for its time, Cybermorph still received its share of criticism for design flaws and a weak color palette. The second title, Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy, was criticized by the media and even accused of being a glorified demo. This was followed by Raiden and Dino Dudes, which were also poorly received and gamers remarked that they looked like 16-bit games. Atari's first hit came in the form of Jeff Minter's Tempest 2000, an update to the classic game that was almost universally applauded and won several awards. This was followed by Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Alien vs. Predator, the latter being one of the best selling Jaguar games ever. Then Atari won several out-of-court settlements with Nintendo and Sega over patent infringements, totaling around $70 million dollars. Things were looking better, but the damage may have been done.
|Alien vs Predator||First-person shooter||10/1994|
|Attack of the Mutant Penguins||Action, Puzzle, Strategy||12/1995|
|Brutal Sports Football||Sports||08/1994|
|Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales||Platform||12/1994|
|Cannon Fodder||Action, Strategy||02/1995|
|Defender 2000||Shoot 'em up||12/1995|
|Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls||Fighting||04/1995|
|Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Fighting||11/1994|
|Evolution: Dino Dudes||Puzzle||12/1993|
|Fever Pitch Soccer||Sports||12/1995|
|Fight For Life||Fighting||01/1996|
|Flashback: The Quest for Identity||Platform||08/1995|
|International Sensible Soccer||Sports||04/1995|
|Iron Soldier 2||Simulator||12/1997|
|Missile Command 3D||Shoot 'em up||12/1995|
|NBA Jam: Tournament Edition||Sports||01/1996|
|Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure||Platform||10/1995|
|Power Drive Rally||Racing||06/1995|
|Raiden||Shoot 'em up||12/1993|
|Tempest 2000||Shoot 'em up||04/1994|
|Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer||Role-playing game||12/1996|
|Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy||Shoot 'em up||11/1993|
|Troy Aikman NFL Football||Sports||02/1995|
|Skiing and Snowboarding||Sports||12/1994|
|White Men Can't Jump||Sports||08/1995|
|Wolfenstein 3D||First-person shooter||08/1994|
After the Christmas 1995 shopping season, it was apparent that Atari would not be able to compete. Sony's Playstation was the clear winner, and Atari admitted it had sold only $3 million worth of Jaguar merchandise in the last quarter of 1995. Although Atari stated it would continue to support the Jaguar, they began laying off staff and moved to smaller accommodations. Then Atari announced that they would be merging with hardware manufacturer JTS and discontinuing all support of the Jaguar. In early 1996, they released the last Jaguar title, Fight For Life, and almost all remaining Atari employees were laid off.
Late in the life span of the company, Atari released this long-promised CD-ROM unit. The unit hit shelves in September 1995 and retailed for $149.95. The device sat atop the Jaguar console, snapping very firmly into the cartridge slot, and had a funnel-like shape. The drive had its own cartridge slot to allow cartridge games to be played without removing the CD drive. There was a separate "Memory Track" cartridge for storing saved game position and high scores.
However, it should be noted that there is a high rate of failure with this console with many users reporting that it will not read discs. Therefore, actual working consoles of the Jaguar CD console are extremely hard to find.
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