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The Atari Jaguar is a home video game console developed by Atari Corporation and released in 1993. It competed against the Sega Mega Drive, the Super NES, and 3DO. Atari marketed it as the world's first 64-bit game system, despite that it used two custom 32-bit RISC CPUs (called "Tom" and "Jerry") and a 16/32-bit Motorola 68000. The system failed to find a market and was discontinued in 1996, shortly after the worldwide releases of the significantly more powerful Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation.
Like the Mega Drive and the PC Engine, the system had a CD add-on, the Jaguar CD.
In October 1993, Atari Corporation filed a lawsuit against Sega for an alleged infringement of a patent originally created by Atari in the 1980s, with the former seeking a preliminary injunction to stop manufacturing, usage and sales of hardware and software for both Sega Mega Drive and Game Gear. In September 1994, both parties reached a settlement in which Sega would acquire $40 million worth of stock in Atari and would also pay Atari $50 million for a license to use over 70 patents issued between 1977 and 1984. The deal also involved a cross-licensing agreement to publish up to five titles each year across their systems until 2001. Though it was expected at the time that this would lead to a number of Sega titles to be ported on the Jaguar, ultimately, the only game released as a result of the agreement was Arcade Classics for the Mega Drive and Game Gear. Internal documents indicate that Sega had agreed to license OutRunners, Phantasy Star II, Alien Storm, Shinobi, and Zaxxon 3D, but Atari discontinued the Jaguar and exited the home console market before any such games could materialize.
Jaguar games also released for Sega systems
Additionally, the games Area 51 and Maximum Force ran on the COJAG arcade hardware, which was based on the Jaguar.
- ↑ GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 264
- ↑ https://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Blog:Legal_Brief:_Atari_vs._Sega
- ↑ Ultimate Gamer, "November 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 37
- ↑ https://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/File:Sa01111995_1.png
- ↑ https://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=778
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