I've been meaning to start this topic for a while but finally mustered the motivation. I wanted to share some resources for those of you who are interested in storing your jaguar carts/cd's in durable universal game cases with game box art inserts. I want to start off by saying that I have nothing against boxes, I certainly save and collect mine, I just don't think they are optimal for day to day storage and use of games, as they get damaged more or less every time you touch them, let alone pull a game in and out of them. I also think they look sort of cheap and flimsy. The plastic "universal game case" containers look slick and are a great way to store you collection IMHO. So without much further ado, let me share my three options for Jaguar storage, and a few tips.
Method 1: Cheapest
Step 1: Google "Universal Game Cases" they are available for sale all over the interwebs. Purchase whatever amount you think you will need. Here is a current link for some:
Step 2: Go to this site:
and print out whichever game cover you need for the insert. Make sure the sizing is right, trim the edges, and try some glossy paper, photo paper perhaps? Normal paper looks a little cheap/flat. Voila, a bottom dollar custom game case!
Method 2: Medium price
There used to be a store on ebay that sold custom Jaguar game cases for about $6 bucks, with the option to add the cat eyes and jaguar logo on the inside for an extra buck. They appear to be defunct now, or at least temporarily offline, which is too bad because they had quite a selection and I've purchased many of my cases there. Still, if you search on ebay (or amazon) for "Atari Jaguar (add CD if needed) (Insert Game Name) Case" then often you will find a reasonable deal, in the 4-7 buck range. Just make sure to check the quality and ask if need be whether of not it's done with quality glossy paper.
Method 3: Pricey but Quality
This site is a little on the pricey side, at $7-$9 bucks a case. But they make quality stuff and have cases that can be found nowhere else (Theme Park, Brutal Sports Football, Towers II). They also have Jag CD DVD boxes, which I think is pretty cool compared to the floppy envelope things. I have moved all of my regular print run Jag CD games to the DVD case style, and now they fit nicely like ducks in a row with my homebrew Jag CD games.
You can actually email the guy suggestions (as I did) and if you bug him enough, eventually he will make the cases. Still waiting on Protector SE, Memory Track, and Breakout 2000
Here are my remaining pro-tips:
1. The Jaguar games, because of the curvature, fit in the cases best a certain way. If the case is open, put the Jaguar Cart in upside down, with the handle facing the spine and the opening facing the right. I have found this works best of all possible scenarios. There will still be a slight bulge in the case, but nothing that will prevent it from closing, or causing it to pop open.
2. Because of the shape of the carts, and the thickness many instruction manuals, they will not really fit in the cases with the games, like you can do with other systems. What I have done, is lay my extra game case on a carpeted concrete floor, and use a small shop hammer to gently bang out the game supports, creating an empty shell. I then cut a black piece of paper to fit, and use a label maker to make a label for the end of the case saying "ATARI JAGUAL GAME MANUALS A-H." I have three such boxes. You can also make up blank boxes like this with the label maker for any other carts you have that there are not custom cases for yet. For example my memory track, and B&C cart both have such cases.
Well that's it!! Thanks for reading, I know some of you are into this already so if anyone else has any site's that have cheaper cases, or any other resources at all, I would love to hear about it!!
Additionally- If you are ever looking for ANY Nintendo cases, this is the cheapest/best guy to go to. He just made a run of Gameboy game cases, and I'm wondering if they might fit Lynx games...
Edited by travistouchdown, Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:20 PM.