AVGN: Atari Jaguar Part 1

Mike Matei / March 16th, 2009

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  • Rhetticus

    April 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

    LOL! Let’s play some Jag! ‘Gotta have a grip’ XD

  • May 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, my hands are just too sweaty from playing the shitty games. if I didn’t have a handle, I wouldn’t be able to pull the game out!

  • volt28

    July 8, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I remember hereing about this system but didn’t know anyone who owned it.

  • kamakazi geek

    July 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    the games looks okay
    but the super nes is better 🙂

  • volt28

    July 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Okay 2 things 1.) seriously? I cant believe the movie white men can’t jump had a video game
    2.) will you ever talk more about the neo geo game system??

  • Minion of Yahtzee

    August 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Time to play some jag, MORE LIKE JAG OFF!!!

  • phoenix252005

    October 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Jag yeah!! Fuck Jag!! What a piece of Buffalo shit!! Long live the Nerd!

  • supermuffin

    October 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

    yep, the bit wars.

  • supermuffin

    October 16, 2010 at 9:55 am


  • phoenix252005

    October 22, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Yeah lets play some Jag!!! I will play any game system with the Nerd any day!!! That would be an awsome contest prize to win huh?? Yeah!!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I’ve never heard of the Jaguar when it first came out. It’s like Atari was trying to stay strong in the console wars, but they wern’t thinking the way they did before they made the E.T. game and the 5200.

    Zool 2 DOES look like a rip-off of Sonic. I wonder if there’s a game called Vince Clortho.

    Good thing “Play some Jag” never caught on.

  • GoGoOtaku

    January 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    When he say that the cartridges don’t have labels his selfmade label says “white men can’t jump”. I thought that sounds kinda funny, looked it up and guess what: even wikipedia said that it is one of the worst Jaguar games.
    I would like to see the nerd playing this game.

  • Mig144

    June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    At the end when he says lets play some jag the music at the end sounds like it came from doom

  • LegoUniverseFail98

    June 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Nice vid. The intro is a bit long but still really good.

  • NPigeon

    July 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Man I love AVGN

  • BreakfastCereal

    August 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    “Atari stopped naming their consoles after numbers, and instead started naming them after cats.”

    Epic business decision…

  • August 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I got this console today, and holy shit the AC Adapter is even bigger then that of the Genesis!! Christ, can’t anyone take Nintendo for an example?

  • Dragon_Nexus

    August 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Checkered Flag surprised me what I saw it.
    It must have been re-released as Virtua Racer on the 32X later, or Virtua racer is something of a sequel to it.

  • HeXiGON

    September 10, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Get ready to play some JAG!

  • exroh4

    September 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    jaguar is a great name for a console. better than generic names like “xbox” or “playstation”.

    • Doughy_Baby

      January 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm


      How are Xbox and Playstation generic? They sounded new at the time. If they were all called the Odyssey, then that would be generic. They only sound generic now because the names have been used for more than 10 years. The more versions of the system, the more generic it sounds. If they were not labled with the original system’s name, people would think it is made by another company and would support games not of the first versions sort.

      • exroh4

        January 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        @Doughy_Baby to me they just sound generic. they don’t say anything. playstation… a station you play on. xbox… an extreme box? they just aren’t very creative or appealing to me. jaguar is just badass and says a lot with just one word. fast, powerful, dangerous, thats all i can think of.

  • roomi

    October 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

    yes! my birthday episode!

  • LicaWolf

    October 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Some of my favorite episodes of AVGN are the episodes about consoles, I love learning a little about the history of gaming from the Nerd with his trademark humor 🙂

    “Atari stopped naming their consoles after numbers, and instead started naming them after cats.”

    Well, Mac started using that idea for their Mac OS too ( 😛 right now writing in a computer with Leopard installed), I guess wild cats are just cool like that.

    4:13 – James do a good impersonation of a child’s voice

    lol, the super cool version at the end xD I was not expecting that. Let’s play some Jag!

  • ontes

    November 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Hi nerd 😀 you are great, however I don’t agree with you about your comment on the atari jaguar. I think that those are good games for the times; I know that ps1 has a great 3D, and much better the nintendo 64, but they arrived 2 and 3 years after the JAG. It was of the generation of the snes, although jag came after 2 years, was less strong than the 3DO but costed also less…. Cmon it wasn’t so bad XD

  • LuisAdrego

    November 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

    well let’s face it..Atari’s only hit was the 2600 after that it was downhill

    • Luigi84289

      February 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

      @LuisAdrego Naw 7800 was a great console but it debuted 3 years too late. It was scheduled to be released in 1984 during the video game crash. Jack Tramiel wisely chose to focus on home computers and canceled it’s launch. If nintendo hadn’t (which is now illegal) banned their 3rd party developers from releasing their games on other consoles (which crippled sega’s master system as well) and atari had incorporated a decent sound chip into the 7800’s design it would have been real competition for the nes. Atari had all of their arcade hits newly updated for the 7800 and it played all 2600 carts.

  • gamers_love_sprite

    November 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

    This is how bits work. Imagine that you’re not allowed to use any words with more than 5 letters, and you know what it’s like for a computer that only has a small amount of bits. Having more bits is like being allowed to use more letters. But if you’re allowed to use up to 15 letters, you probably don’t even want any more, you’re probably just as happy as someone who’s allowed to use 20 letters. Maybe you could learn some words with 20 letters in them, but they wouldn’t be very useful and they’d probably just confuse people and make you sound like an asshole. And that’s the Atari Jaguar.

    • ljngamessuck

      February 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      @gamers_love_sprite great analogy bro!

  • TanyaHallin

    December 27, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Oh man, thanks to the nerd for bringing up F-Zero. I’ve been asking myself “hey me, remember the only racing game we owned? yea, wtf was that game called?”

    My sister and I played the shit outta that game when we were young, I miss that game now XD

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    January 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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  • Macmeister

    February 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Imagine someone from the good ‘ol atari age travelling to the future and seeing the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.
    *Person’s brain explodes*

    • senna4ever

      March 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

       @Macmeister I am from the Atari age. First console I ever owned was a 2600. Yes I am that old.
      I recall playing Space Invaders on the 2600 and thinking, it can’t get any better then this.
      It really is staggering to see how games have evolved over the years. Not just in terms of graphics, but also the many genres and sub genres. From how we have gone from single screen games where the only objective was to get a high score. To open world, free roaming worlds with mulitple objectives, etc.
      Online multiplayer.
      It would be nice to see someone do a restrospective on gaming.
      Though it would be a hell of an undertaking if they did it right.

      • mcnerven

        March 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

         @senna4ever Check out the book Replay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan

  • senna4ever

    March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    “People cared more about graphics and less about gameplay”.
    Years later an nothing has changed.

    • LuisAdrego

      March 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

       @senna4ever damn right it’s a shame really when a game’s only judged by it’s graphics and sound and not by what really matters THE FUCKIN GAMEPLAY and controls and shit

  • DraculaAlucard1

    March 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hey, James, did you see Spoony’s Highlander Jaguar CD reveiw? He actually got it to work.

  • DraculaAlucard1

    March 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    What’s that game with the dude in overalls on the cage with the turtles at 4:38?

    • squirrel1256

      March 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

       @DraculaAlucard1 Super Mario World

    • jakethesnake99

      March 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

       ur obviously not from around here

  • dasa383

    March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

    this reminds me of the ps3 Superior hardware but is not showcased in many muilti platform games where as the xbox 360 seems to dominiate. only due to the use of dirrect x9 as opossed to playsations opengl
    still both great but

    • zaku375

      March 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

       @dasa383 dont start that shit here 

    • FioX

      March 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

       @dasa383 you know why the superior hardware isn’t showcased on the ps3? because Microsoft pays the gaming developers to build it to support XBOX360 Graphics 100% and then what ahppens they only copy paste it with the XBOX graphics to the PS3.
      Look Demon Souls, Only for PS3 and great graphics, great gameplay.
      Look Dark Souls (sequel of DS) its for both xbox and ps3 and you know what? the graphics are worse.

  • mcnerven

    March 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Every time I see a clip of Contra 3 I get an erection. Man that game kicks so much ass!

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    April 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I loved how he used the Worm War 1 sound effect at the end. My all time favorite sound of Atari 2600 🙂

  • Rebellion777

    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 am

    @FioX That may be true, but you also gotta remember that when a developer sets out to make games for multiple consoles, while there is some change in the graphics they at least attempt usually to make it so that one console doesn’t blow the other away graphics wise.

    That being said, to be fair Microsoft did it to themselves when they were stupid enough to release the 360 before the PS3 came out. Sony was able to just look and see what a 360 was capable of, then made the PS3 better…AND MICROSOFT DIDN’T EVEN LEARN THEIR LESSON! APPARENTLY they are gonna reveal the new XBox at this year’s E3…and I haven’t heard anything about a new Playstation. God are they ever gluttons for punishment.

  • TheyCallMeNasty

    July 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I thought about getting a jaguar because I read online that there is a highlander game based off the movies. Although, the only one jaguar I found was 300 dollars, and it had no AC adapter, AV hook ups, and no controllers SO, how in the fuck should I be able to find those cords. Plus the jaguar games are expensive and rare. So, AVGN were did you find all that jaguar shit!!!

  • iLikeTehGamez

    July 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Funny to see a system I figured was great but knew I could never have turn out to be a flop.

    As a side note, I own the patent on end labels

  • ryguy6

    November 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    awesome review

  • Antonio Valentić

    December 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm


  • January 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

    will you make more of avgn in 2013 i’ve been waiting for a new one

  • Sonic500

    January 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Wow. I remember actually seeing this console in person when I was a kid. I’m 23 now, and way back when I was 6 or 7, my mom dated this one guy a couple times, and he had 2 or 3 teenage sons. And low and behold, I can real vaguely remember the day I was taken over to meet all of them, and THIS was the video game console they had and were playing around with when we got there. I swear, that’s how bad this system was and how it failed, is I couldn’t even identify it until many years later when I watch an AVGN video (I distinctly remember one of them turning it on with his big toe, since that red button is sitting right there and all, and I do not know of any other console that had a similar power switch in that position or color). I’m sure my brother knew what console this was at the time and probably throughout the years to follow, but I don’t remember ever asking him what it was except for when we first saw it, and I really don’t remember what all was said that day, considering how young I was lol.

  • June 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Jaguar isn’t that bad, but CD-I and Sega add-ons is much worse, lol.

  • nice try

    November 7, 2013 at 3:33 am

    What’s the music at the very beginning from? I can’t seem to find an answer.

  • fcabanski

    October 21, 2014 at 2:20 am

    We still talk about bits. On PC many games only run on 64 bit operating systems. We also talk about video memory and processor cores – this is at heart the same thing as bits. It’s all numbers that describe the capabilities of a system. In Nerd language that’s “the complexity of the shit it can run”.

  • Screenbones

    July 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

    For those of you who don’t know, the amount of “bits” is the amount of memory a system has. The Atari Jaguar had a 32-bit video processor, but the processor that actually processed the game was a 64-bit processor. Most people know the term Gigabyte, because that’s used to represent the storage space on a device. 8 bits == 1 byte. 64 bits == 8 bytes. 1 Gigabyte == 1,000,000,000 Bits. Most computers nowadays have a 64-bit processor.

    • Don Skiver

      August 2, 2016 at 12:49 am

      Almost. When speaking of a processor and saying it’s “32-bit” or “64-bit” they’re *typically* referring to how much memory it can address and access; in 32-bit CPU’s it’s at most 4 GB and 64-bit CPU’s it’s at most 1 EB, one exabyte. (Yes, I know technically its 4 GiB and 1 EiB, but most people aren’t familiar with Gibibytes or Exbibytes).

      Someone earlier gave a great analogy describing using words with only 5 letters and 20 letters… I can’t remember exactly how they worded it, but it’s a great analogy to how this all works for a computer.

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