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I have been wondering about this lateley. The Jaguar was then most powerful next-gen system of the early 90's, and at $250 the price was right, yet about 200,000 were produced and even less than that sold. In comparison: Phillips CD-I: 1 Million (this is a laugh considering there are like 3 good games for the system. Though might be explained by use as an interactive kiosk by companies, and/or vcd player? Panasonic/Goldstar 3DO: 2 Million, admittedly better library overall and graphics on average due to ease of programming, but with a $500-$700 price point you think it would have sold similarly to the Jag. Sega 32x: 665,00 Units. Similarly cheap like the Jag at a $160 launch price, but technically inferior and odd looking with minimal 3rd party support and anticipated lifespan. Yet someone bought 600k of them! Did Jaguar invest next to nothing in marketing? Was Atari's reputation in tatters with consumers after the 7800 (which WAS a commercial success for them)? I'm just not sure how it's possible that a reasonably priced machine from a well known company that was the most powerful hardware on the market and had a number of decent games didn't sell more that 200k. Was it not available widely enough when buzz was at it's peak for the machine? Any insights or thoughts would be appreciated.
I've always been intrigued by the seemingly parallel paths the Atari ST line took alongside the Amiga. The games were always similar; the fanbase migrated from the US to Europe in the late 80s/early 90s; the price points (and even exterior wedge designs) were comparable; and they both ceased (for the most part, give or take) near the same time as well. And Jack Tramiel. But I'd never had a good feeling for which scene was bigger overall. So, I performed a bit of research to check out the sales and marketshare. If you've ever been curious, too - thoughts welcome: https://amigalove.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=131 Cheers
How did Mattel do it?? English Wikipedia says that it sold about 3,000,000 units by the end of its life span. In contrast, the 5200 sold at most, 1.5 million units. What are the main reasons as to why the Intellivision outsold and was more successful than the 5200, other than the fact that its controllers didn't break nearly as much as the stock 5200 controllers??
I posted this to the Bally Yahoo group today, but I'm cross-posting it here. Hmm... is this even considered cross-posting? I'm afraid that the Yahoo group will disappear now that Yahoo has been sold, so I'm sorta-of/kinda transitioning postings to AtariAge. Here my original post: I'm scanning in letters from the Bob Fabris Collection. One letter caught my eye. There are some great comments in a November 11, 1979 written to Bob Fabris from John Hurst. I've OCRed the part of the letter that is interesting and have put it here. Enjoy! Any comments...? Adam The following are John Hurst's comments: On Nov. 6, I received a phone call from Mr. Jack Nieman, Director of Sales, Bally Mfg. Co., in response to a letter that I had written on the 25th of Oct. It was the second letter I had sent since I never received an answer to my first one dated 4 Aug. The gist of the telephone conversation that I had with Mr. Nieman was as follows: 1. Bally never advertised that there would be a keyboard add-on available. 2. Bally is not happy with the amount of units purchased. (30,000) 3. A decision will be made in January if the keyboard will be made. 4. To make the keyboard feasible, 100,000 Arcade units would have to be sold, so that the percentage of keyboard sales would be high enough to warrant production. 5. If the keyboard is not produced, the specifications, plans, and other info would be supplied to the ARCADIANS, for our use. 6. Software for the Bally, except for the game cartridges, is not being produced because the retail price would be higher than what the ARCADIANS can get it from the newsletter, or club members selling it through the newsletter. 7. Bally is still waiting for FCC specs, that will be needed if the Add-On is produced. 8. Only 50% of the United States is being covered by Bally as far as distribution is concerned. As you can see, there are no new answers, the same old ones, along with a lot of excuses. So, although I appreciated the phone call, I really didn't find out much useful new information.