Exploring the Retro Gaming Community's Love for the Atari Jaguar Console
I recently acquired an Atari Jaguar console and shared my excitement on social media. Atari fans responded with nostalgia and fond memories of the console, sharing stories about the games they played. I’ve collected some of the best comments below, along with recommendations for games to try.
Many users responded with fond memories of the Jaguar, reminiscing about specific games like Alien vs Predator, Kasumi Ninja, and Iron Soldier. Others praised the console’s functionality, noting that it still works fine, although the CD add-on is prone to malfunctions.
There were also some funny comments. Some users shared personal stories of acquiring the Atari Jaguar, including redeeming coupons and convincing grandparents to go downtown to buy it. Others expressed nostalgia or offered congratulations, although some were clearly joking. “I remember when the Jaguar came out,” one user writes. “We all said ‘oh, poor Atari.’ Then the PS1 came out and we said ‘oh, poor Nintendo.’ Then the Dreamcast came out and we said ‘oh, poor Sega.’ Now I’m saying ‘oh, poor you.’”
Here are some of the best comments from the Atari Jaguar unboxing article (with some light edits for clarity):
“I had the Lynx,” one user replies to a comment praising the Jaguar’s library. Another user mentions the closure of stores like Babbage’s, where they would buy games on clearance.
“I got mine at a closing down sale for like a fraction of what it used to cost,” another user writes, “after the PlayStation came out and killed it.”
“I really liked the controller,” another user replies to a comment discussing the unique control scheme. “The number pad in the middle was a really convenient weapon selection method.”
“Wish I had it when I was younger,” another user writes. “I still have the console and a few games, but I haven’t used it in years.”
“I remember when I was a kid and I wanted to buy the Jaguar,” another user replies to the comment about the Jaguar’s controller. “My mom said ‘no, we have the PlayStation.’”
“Another comment about the roach!” another user writes. “I was about to buy one from a charity shop, but then I heard a story about a roach crawling out of it. No thanks!”
“I still have mine,” one user replies. “But I haven’t hooked it up in years…”
“I’m sure it’s still 64-bit,” another user replies to a comment joking about the Atari Jaguar’s 64-bit claim. “64 bits * 2 (bits per byte) = 128 bits.”
“The Atari Jaguar was a tough console to beat,” another user replies to a comment about the PlayStation’s impact on the Atari Jaguar and other consoles. “Sony blindsided everyone with the PlayStation’s success.”
“I’m glad this is making people laugh,” another user replies to a comment about doing the math mentioned in a previous comment. “I was too young to understand the Atari Jaguar’s downfall.”
“I didn’t have the Jaguar,” another user replies to another comment about the Atari Jaguar, “but I did play some of the games at my friend’s house.”