How could it not? To list a few ways:
-Manufactured in the USA; setting precedent for all subsequent gaming consoles to be manufactured in North America
-First 64 bit system; gave Nintendo the idea for the Nintendo 64
-VR is very popular right now; why?---the Jaguar's early forays into Virtual Reality
-Pioneered the karting style game with the genre defining Atari Karts; later done by Nintendo with mediocre "Mario Kart" clone series
-Kasumi Ninja and Ultra Vortek popularized the ultra-violent fighting genre; leading to the success of the Mortal Kombat series
-Only console on which you could play Myst, Wolfenstein, and Doom in the early 90's
-23 button pro controller inspired current "pro" level controllers such as Scuf, Xbone Elite controllers
-Pioneered online gaming with the Jaguar Voice Modem; leading to success of Xbox Live
-Checkered Flag ushered in groundbreaking polygon graphics inspiring many copycats such as Virtua Racing by Sega
The list goes on (i jest of course.) Jaguar was an American business story. If you are going to go for it; go big; go all in; and either succeed or fail HARD. And that they did. God bless em' for trying.
To me the Jaguar has always had curb appeal. I've wanted one for as long as i can remember and still do. The home-brew scene is awesome; which is why i'd argue the system has a bigger impact on gaming and specifically retro gaming now than it ever did before.