This is a big bump, but IGN's taken all of ClassicGaming.com's articles offline. Here's the interview mentioned earlier in the thread, from the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive....ticles/tramiel/
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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 12:49 PM
On a side note, Game Over may have some rather significant errors.
Game Over is also riddled with factual errors that show Sheff either wasn't too much concerned with detail, or how much he was at the mercy of his interviewees. He attest's Nintendo's R&D teams the achievement of developing carts with 8 megabytes of memory for the original Famicom (an amount barely reached with the largest SNES cartridges), introduces Enix, a mildly successful publisher of home computer games before their first Famicom game made the market, as "a start-up formed specifically to create Nintendo games," writes about the 1984-released The Black Onyx that its creator "Rogers sold 100,000 copies in 1980."
I haven't heard anything bad about Pheonix.
Posted Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:41 AM
Found this today:
from Curt Vendel (Cvendel@aol.com)
(Atari Historical Society's virtual Atari museum):
The Atari Panther was going to be Atari's original video game console system before the Jaguar, it was a kludged combination of the Atari ST and the Transputer Blossom video card.
This sounds like the older, inaccurate information Curt had from one interview. I can't confirm that; the Wayback Machine no longer has an archive of The Atari History Museum. While it's not accurate for the Panther, could it be for the Mirai? It sounds a lot like what's already suspected. Could the interviewee have gotten the two mixed up?
(I'd actually say "kludged" is too harsh a word; combining and extending well-supported technology doesn't sound too bad.)
Edited by pacman000, Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:43 AM.
Posted Sat Feb 9, 2019 12:03 PM
With the release of the SUPER XE specs from Curt a couple of weeks ago, it feels like the MIRAI casing would have been used for this upgraded system. A sort of APPLE IIGS take on the ATARI 8-Bit architecture: Classic XL/XE mode sitting next to a 65C816 architecture. The use of the KERI chip would have been a standout.
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