The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

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The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

May 30, 2017

It's modern-day old-school rock blasting in this special homebrew episode of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast. Rebooteroids is an AtariAge-exclusive title by the Jaguar wizards at Reboot, a lovingly-crafted update to an Atari arcade classic. Learn about the game's lengthy development, dig into all the gameplay details, check out the music, and figure out how to pronounce the '#' symbol in this brief but exciting departure from the usual chronological game coverage.

Also included is feedback from arcadegeek23, Protestari, and Troff!

Full show notes are available at


Next episode: Brutal Sports Football!

Feb 26, 2017

Bundle up in your brightest mismatching colors and take on the picturesque mountains of Val d'Isère in Skiing and Snowboarding for the Atari Jaguar.

As I test the limits of my grasp of the French language (probably with embarrassing results), we learn about the developer, the game modes, obstacles, powerups (yeah, powerups!), music, the various endings, the subtleties of timberline in the French Alps, and some questionable physics.

Also included is feedback from Louis, Randal, Derik, Ryan, BTB, and Björn, with submissions from Doctor Clu, Lost Dragon, and Arethius!

Full show notes are available at

In the next episode, we mix things up a bit with our first homebrew episode, Rebooteroids!

Dec 13, 2016
16 - Zool 2

Serious ninjas in a cruel Krool world: play as Zool or Zooz to banish Krool's shape-shifting henchman Mental Block from six crazy worlds in this challenging and cartoony platform game on the Jaguar. In this episode, I cover a little history of Gremlin Interactive, describe the colorful levels and inventive enemies, list some amusing instrument names from the .mod file metadata, and gush about cheat codes.

Also included in this episode is some excellent feedback from Lost Dragon, Wade, Jon, and Doctor Clu!

Stick around after the Zool 2 coverage for an announcement, a couple barely-related stories, and a surprise mash-up, which is made slightly less surprising by being mentioned here.

Full show notes are available at


Next episode: Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding

Oct 24, 2016
15 - Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Everybody was kung-fu fighting in this video game adaptation of the 1993 Bruce Lee biographical film. Learn the moves, listen to (most of) the music, and hear about the different ports of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in this episode of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast.

Also included is feedback from Björn, Doctor Clu, Lost Dragon, bmx, Trooper Galactus, and Jagosaurus!

Stay tuned to the very end for Storytime in Hong Kong, plus a Jaguar Halloween greeting!

Full show notes are available at:

Coming up next episode: the fast-paced platform game Zool 2

Sep 18, 2016
14 - DOOM

Take on the evil denizens of the underworld in this notable port of the seminal first-person shooter! In this episode, I continue the history of id Software through the release of DOOM (and a little beyond), go over the development of the Jaguar version, cover the competing ports of the game, test out the networking, and play a lot of the Jaguar version's music. Yes, music!

This is easily the biggest episode of the podcast so far, but that's OK, because after all, we're talking about DOOM here.

There are personal stories galore, plus feedback from DoctorClu, Lost Dragon, Louis, Arethius, and BTB!

Full show notes are available at

Join me next time for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Aug 11, 2016
13 - Wolfenstein 3D

Step behind your chaingun and face down the Nazi horde in this pioneering first-person shooter. In this episode, you'll hear about id Software's early history, comparisons of Wolfenstein 3D on different platforms, detailed analysis of the Jaguar version, and plenty of music from the game.

Also included is feedback from Zach, Jagosaurus, Hugh, and Liam!

Full show notes can be found at

Coming up next episode is id Software's follow-up FPS, Doom!

Thank you for listening.

Jul 8, 2016
12 - Iron Soldier

Stomp tanks and bash buildings as you pilot a towering robot in Iron Soldier! Game development history, weapons, enemies, levels, controls, reviews, memories, and regrettable singing, it's all here in this episode.

There's also feedback from Arethius, The Requiem, and GRay Defender!

Full show notes are available at

Coming up in the next episode: Wolfenstein 3D

Jun 3, 2016
11 - Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tales

Jump and glide and die (and die some more) in the colorful platformer Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tales! Learn about the development history, get full detail on the various worlds and enemies, listen to the music, hear the contemporary interviews, and get my personal experience with the game.

Also included is feedback from jeremiahjt, Troff, Guillaume, Wade, and Ferg!

Oh, and there's also a special surprise guest.

Full show notes are available at

Coming up next: Iron Soldier

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Feb 27, 2016
10 - Kasumi Ninja

Strap on your headband and show no mercy in this notorious over-the-top tournament fighting game. This episode contains development history, information on all the fighters, the missing labyrinth, the announcer voice, cheat codes, and maybe even a musical number.

Also included is feedback from doctorclu, Troff, and Trooper

Full show notes are available at

Coming up next: Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales!

Jan 28, 2016
09 - Tempest 2000

Light up the webs in the critically-acclaimed abstract shooter Tempest 2000 by Llamasoft. This ox-sized episode features plentiful music, a detailed analysis, an overview of sequels and derivative games, several personal stories, and music. Did I mention the music?

Also included is feedback from doctorclu, Trooper Galactus, Louis, Bill Kendrick, and The Requiem!

Complete show notes can be found at


Next episode: Kasumi Ninja!

Dec 20, 2015
s01 - Four Tales of Atari Christmas Past

Join Shinto for four short tales of Atari Christmas past in this special edition of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast.

# Intro sound clips (in order)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Carol
A Charlie Brown Christmas

# Musical Selections
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) by David Seville and The Chipmunks
The Frist Noel by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Carol of the Bells (from the Home Alone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Christmas in the Air by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

# References & Sources
1982 Sears Wishbook
Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast episode 66 (Asteroids)
A Christmas Story (1983 motion picture)

Ewok Village
Radio Shack Armatron

Mollie B Polka Party

Life Day
Refrigerator Day

Dec 17, 2015
08 - Alien vs Predator

You can be the Alien, you can be the Predator, or you can be lunch in this ambitious first-person shooter/survival-horror game based off two major motion picture franchises.

Enjoy detailed history, personal experiences, a dramatic re-creation, and jokes only a Predator would laugh at.

Also included is feedback from doctorclu, The Requiem, ARETHIUS, JeremiahJT, and Troff!

You can view complete show notes at

Coming up next time: abstract shooter Tempest 2000!

Nov 23, 2015
07 - Checkered Flag

Pilot your personalized polygonal performance machine, if you can, through ten twisting tracks with Checkered Flag.

This episode also includes feedback from AtariAge users DoctorClu and Gunstar, plus an audio submission from Wade of InverseATASCII fame!

You can view complete show notes at


Next up: Alien vs Predator

Nov 9, 2015
06 - Evolution: Dino Dudes

Guide your tribe of hairy humans through the anachronistic dangers of pre-history in Evolution: Dino Dudes, Jaguar cartridge part number J9006.

Also included in this episode is feedback from AtariAge users save2600, Jagosaurus, JeremiahJT, and Gunstar!

You can view complete show notes on the blog at

Coming up next time: polygon racing game Checkered Flag!

Oct 19, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
Aug 9, 2015
01 - The Jaguar Story - Inception to Launch

In this unexpectedly-massive episode, I talk about how the Atari Jaguar came to exist, include a bunch of magazine and newspaper references, and describe the console both inside and out. There are a lot of stories and a ton of great user submissions.  And maybe a spider.


SHOW NOTES (links and references)

## Helpful Links Throughout

Michael Current's (Awesome) Atari History Timeline (Jaguar era)

Atari Jaguar FAQ

## Flare

Konix Multisystem Lineage


John Mathieson Interview

Martin Brennan Interview

Blitter Definition

Konix Multisystem Promo Video

## Transputer & Panther

Transputer Link 1

Transputer Link 2

Panther Specifications

EGM November 1990 (Panther rumors)

Panther Discussion on AtariAge

Panther Article in UK Magazine

AEO 0211 (.zip file) (Panther as 16-bit, replaced by Jaguar)

EGM August 1991 (Panther scrapped, first Jaguar news)

## The Jaguar

EGM November 1992 (Quartermann's doubts)

EGM January 1993 (Jag dev units, 32-bit RISC, more Jag info)

AEO 0204 (.zip file) (Jag dev units going out)

EGM April 1993 (Ugh)

EGM June 1993 (Jaguar missing CES)

Newspaper article, 1993-06-29

Newspaper article, 1993-08-23

AEO Jaguar Special Edition (.zip file)

EGM August 1993 (Jaguar announcement)

GamePro October 1993 (Jaguar announcement)

Newspaper article, 1993-08-24ish

Newspaper article, 1993-08-28

Neo Geo AES Specifications

3DO Designer Reference

Under 50 Bucks! (Now isn't that nice?)

Computer Chronicles, 1994 Winter CES

EGM February 1994 (First Jag ad)

EGM March 1994 (Second Jag ad)

EGM July 1994 (Locating a Jag is hard, Do the Math ad)

Jaguar in Japan

AEO 0301 (Jaguar press awards)

Gamepro December 1993 (System Shopper)

Jaguar Box w/ Cybermorph

Jaguar box w/o Cybermorph

Motorola 68000 Applications

RetroGaming Roundup 001 (is the Genesis the name of a band or a console?)

Jaguar block diagram (from AEO Jaguar Special Edition, converted into a more common format, with corrected aspect ratio)

What's Knott's Berry Farm? (and what does that have to do with Jaguar? Listen to find out!)

Rob Zdybel Interview with RetroGaming Roundup

id's John Carmack on Jaguar Limitations

Nintendo 64 on Wikipedia

GamePro November 1993 (Atari 2600 and 5200 are 4-bit systems)

Jaguar RF

Jaguar SCART Cable Discussion here and here

Area 51 Gameplay Video

## Controller

Atari STe

Enhanced Joystick Port

EGM April 1991 (Panther controller keypad rumor)


## Cartridges

Cart Color Variations

List of Overlays

## Boot Sequence

Jaguar Encryption

Lx Rudis Interview

Jaguar Roar

Big Cat Roars

Spinning Cube Easter Egg

## Misplaced Links

Jaguar Controller Variations

ATD Works Jaguar Bugs with Flare

AEO 0219 (.zip file) (Additional launch party info)

## Listener Feedback Links

My Loser Phase (by Hugues Johnson)

Get Excited and Make Things (by Wil Wheaton)

## Stories

Horizon Computers

LDW Power Review

VIP Professional Review

MIST FPGA Computer with MIDI (on Shinto's Christmas List)

Jul 25, 2015

In this special introductory episode, I talk about the show, its inspiration, its objectives, and even a little bit about me.  Very little.

Find all pertinent links for this show at

Thank you for listening.

Sites referenced this episode:
Retroist Podcast
The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast
The Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast
The Atari 5200 Super Podcast
The Retrobits Podcast
Inverse ATASCII Podcast
Player/Missile Podcast

Futurama Reference

Cybermorph Meme
Now You Know