11 Facts About Atari Panther


Atari Panther is a cancelled video game console from Atari Corporation that was going to be the successor to the Atari 7800 and the Atari XEGS.

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Atari Panther abandoned the project in favor of the Jaguar after the team at Flare convinced them that they should create 3D Graphics hardware instead.

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The Atari Panther was never commercially released as the design was eclipsed by that of the Jaguar.

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Atari Panther's development was not announced to the public until the console was already cancelled, although it had been rumored to exist.

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The One speculates that the US division of Atari Panther did not communicate this change of plans to the UK division until it was already announced.

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Atari UK's marketing director Peter Staddon stated in regards to the cancellation that "The Panther was taking longer to market, the other project taking —we'd have left ourselves with a gap between the two launches of only six to nine months.

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The One notes speculations that the Panther was cancelled due to problems during production that resulted in Atari cutting their losses, or the popularity of the Sega Genesis and Super Famicom prompted Atari to cancel the Panther due to overwhelming competition.

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Atari's official recount of events is that the Panther was cancelled due to the development of the Jaguar.

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The One reports that development kits for the Atari Panther had already been sent to developers prior to its cancellation, with "anywhere between six and 13" publishers receiving them.

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The Atari Panther had an internal memory of 32Kb, and a maximum cartridge size of 16Mb.

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The Atari Panther was to have four digital joystick ports, two analogue joystick ports, and two light gun ports.

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