Atari Jaguar

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Atari Jaguar

The Atari Jaguar is a home video game console developed by Atari Corporation and released in North America in November 1993. Part of the fifth generation of video game consoles, it competed with the 16-bit Sega Genesis and Super NES and the 32-bit 3DO Interactive Multiplayer that launched the same year. Despite its two custom 32-bit processors — Tom and Jerry — in addition to a Motorola 68000, Atari marketed it as the world's first 64-bit game system, emphasizing its 64-bit bus used by the blitter.

Setting up

  • Assembler:

There are several approaches to the Jaguar. The most complete is likely JagStudio but it is mainly used for C (or BASIC with a BASIC to C converter).

new_bjl is currently evolving from old BJL and is focused on Assembly.

  • Emulator(s):

There are quiet some emulators around, like Phoenix, Project Tempest and VisualJaguar. Of the VisualJaguar exist a port which allows minimal debugging.

In common of all these emulators is, that they are not 100% accurate. Not cycle wise and also hardware register wise. But Virtual-Jaguar-Rx is actively developed.

  • Hardware:

In order to test the final result one should have a Jaguar GameDrive which allows booting the final ROM as a normal card. For development a SKUNK board is a cheaper solution.

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