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Wow! Atari Karts is an 8 on the rarity guide?


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#1 82-T/A OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 4:31 PM

That's pretty impressive. What has caused so many of these games to become so rare?

I haven't really been paying much attention to the "scene"... but when I graduated from HS back in the mid to late 90s... the Jaguar was getting excessed / clearanced from all of the stores. I can remember places like KB Toys selling cartridges for $2.99 each (brand new in the box) and CD games for $7.99 each. I bought pretty much everything I could get my hands on. I don't think I paid more than $10 bucks for Atari Karts in the box. Now it seems most of these games are becoming nearly impossible to find. I see only 1 used one on eBay, and the guy is asking $75 bucks (which doesn't even include shipping)...

Damn... that's all I can say.

#2 Jag_Slave OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 4:32 PM

Time, and a neglected underdog system- starts becoming rare
Also the fact the retro is in again, and 90's era products are hot!

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 4:33 PM

Yeah, I wish I'd been aware of game collecting back then. All I knew was that I liked my old games, so I held on to them. No idea I could/should have been buying up spare copies on clearance for pennies. Damn.

#4 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 4:52 PM

Yeah, unfortunately Atari Karts is one of the least-common Jaguar games to be released by Atari when they were still in business. It doesn't pop up nearly as often as other Jaguar titles these days.

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 11:02 PM

I never would've thought Atari Karts to be a Rarity 8 considering it hasn't been that hard to get ahold of in the past, but now that I take a look at some recent auctions I see that a completed listing for a cart only copy ended at $102. Never really got into the game considering the aweful character roster, depressing music, collision issues, slow pacing, and lack of interesting offensive items. Had some decent graphics though, and the split-screen 2p mode doesn't hurt either.

#6 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 11:12 PM

I actually enjoy the game more now than I did when I initially played it, but yeah, definitely not $100 worthy. It's interesting to see that a cart-only sold for that much (that is, it actually sold, right?). I recall CIB versions have been going for about that value recently. Someone must have been desperate! :lol:

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 11:18 PM

I've always like Atari Karts. As a racer it's just okay, but it has really beautiful looking graphics. I think it is actually a pretty good showcase for the Jaguar's graphics ability.

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 6:57 AM

Graphics do look nice i have to agree. very smooth nice vibrant colors. great overall job graphics wise. Controls i wish could be better but they are what they are. Not a bad game at all.

#9 GKC OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 7:36 AM

Count me in the crowd that likes Atari Karts. Of course I'm also the person that likes Checkered Flag so that's not saying much....

#10 Goochman OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 9:10 AM

I liked the game - music was horrible though

#11 rush6432 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 9:20 AM

I think the composer never got paid on those songs either....

#12 Goochman OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 9:21 AM

I think the composer never got paid on those songs either....


I wouldnt pay a nickel for them either :)

#13 rush6432 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 9:32 AM

I cant say they're horrible because i couldnt do a better job myself composing mod files and i know whats somewhat involved in making tracker modules. They are somewhat bland though...

Edited by rush6432, Fri Feb 3, 2012 9:37 AM.


#14 Isgoed OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 12:36 PM

Ehm........ I like the music in Atari Karts :ponder:
...... Actually, I like it a lot!!! :)

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 1:39 PM

I remember getting Atari Karts from Software Etc. in the late 90's for $10 and then paying $50 for it years later. lol

It's definitely a *good* Jaguar game. I like the colors and gameplay well enough. Bentley is cool, as are some of the other characters. I don't mind the uber-fictional aspect of them at all. Same with the Trevor McFur cast.

I do feel there *is* something slightly "depressing" about the atmosphere though that I can't exactly put my finger on. It's a little dark perhaps. Probably a combination of things (gloomy music/color choices) but I feel that way about a handful of other British and European games across other platforms, including the Amiga. I just chalk it up to a difference in style and culture is all. :)

#16 Clay OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 2:21 PM

Yep, the game has really gone up in price. Telegames UK has the game available for approx $142.00 NIB. Plus shipping.

Link: http://www.telegames...product_id=5353

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012 5:34 PM

Ehm........ I like the music in Atari Karts :ponder:
...... Actually, I like it a lot!!! :)


I do too! Especially that piano piece after you finish a race - it's kind of sad sounding and doesn't really fit the game, but I like it anyway.

Atari Karts is one of those games that COULD have been really amazing - but unfortunately doesn't quite seem finished. I love the art, colors, backgrounds a lot too. It's too bad they didn't use more licensed characters as well.

Edited by Jagman, Fri Feb 3, 2012 5:34 PM.


#18 Paranoia Dragon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012 3:28 AM

I've always loved the music in this game....I find it odd that people think the music sucks, but, each to their own.

#19 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012 3:22 PM

It's not so much that the music is "bad", it's that it just doesn't fit.

#20 82-T/A OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012 6:28 PM

I've actually always really liked this game. Back in the day (well, early 2000s) on the rare chance that my roommates and I would stay home and play video games, this was one of the ones that we'd actually play. This game and NBA Jam. But Atari Karts really worked well as a two-player game.

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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012 3:44 PM

is nba jam anything like white men cant jump? i've heard lots of mixed opinions about that game

#22 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012 4:35 PM

Um.. they're both basketball games? You shoot balls into hoops? I think that's about where the good similarities end. :lolblue:

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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012 4:57 PM

haha yea, at least you can punch in one :P

#24 Jagman OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:07 PM

WMCJ is one of the worst basketball games ever, haha.

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:32 PM

I know I am in the vast minority, but I actually kind of thought WMCJ was... okay....




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