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Atari Karts Jaguar Review - One of the consoles true hidden gems?!?

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I think Atari Karts is very underrated. It has really cool graphics and design, I think it is a lot of fun to play. I like the added excitement that you can get stuck in some places which really ups the antes. For me it is one of the top 3 games on the console.

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I wouldn't say that it is underrated at all. Those of us true jaguar fans already know about it and know it's a good game. I guess for those who are new to the Jag or have never heard of anything for the console aside from Avp, Doom, or Tempest 2000, then it's probably underrated to them and likely comes as a shock when they assume the system sucked and had only a few good games then found out about Atari Karts and then realized oh snap this is also good!

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I've never played it. :-/ I bought the only copy I've ever come across in the wild, but it was sealed. While I don't mind opening sealed games most of the time, I'm really not wanting to tear the plastic off this AK primarily because of the rarity. Hopefully I'll find a loose copy in some store somewhere, someday, and I'll go to town on that sucker...

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You could sell that for a million dollars, at least.

He should save it in the event a noob joins here and makes a thread about wanting to buy a NOS Atari Karts for $25.

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He should save it in the event a noob joins here and makes a thread about wanting to buy a NOS Atari Karts for $25.

 

Haha

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What's so hard about figuring out the power-ups for this game? They work just fine....

 

My biggest gripe with any racer is interruption in the flow of the action. You should be cruising along; be able to touch something and grind instantly to a dead halt. That is my main grip with this game but overall i find it to be quite fun. To be fair they modeled this game off Mario Kart for the SNES and that game occasionally has that issue as well. Overall not a bad effort for the era but they should have been even more shameless in ripping off Mario Kart with a few offensive weapons, etc.

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What's so hard about figuring out the power-ups for this game? They work just fine....

 

My biggest gripe with any racer is interruption in the flow of the action. You should be cruising along; be able to touch something and grind instantly to a dead halt. That is my main grip with this game but overall i find it to be quite fun. To be fair they modeled this game off Mario Kart for the SNES and that game occasionally has that issue as well. Overall not a bad effort for the era but they should have been even more shameless in ripping off Mario Kart with a few offensive weapons, etc.

I don't think it's that they don't work or we can't figure them out, it's just they don't add much IMO. And the reverse control hazards are just a poor idea. Take the banana peels in Mario Kart, yeah it's a bummer when you hit one and spin out, but it doesn't ruin the game for a short period of time like having your controls reversed. SMK certainly isn't perfect, but it's orders of magnitude more enjoyable and memorable than Atari Karts. I love kart racers (Diddy Kong Racing 4 lyfe) and wish AK had more polish, but as is it is just a lackluster SMK ripoff to me.

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I guess my problem when I played it was that Atari HYPED all their games and when I finally got to purchase them. I was severely disappointed. There were some gems but when I got Atari Karts. I was thinking this is the next level. I felt like I already played it. Just felt like a "B" level game.

 

I loved Tempest 2000, Aliens vs Predator, Doom, Wolfenstein, Iron Soildier, Raiden, Rayman and Defender 2000, though Defender 2000 was a bit underwhelming.

 

I did not love Kasumi Ninja, Club Drive, Checkered Flag, Cybermorph, Trevor McFur, Bubsy, Double Dragon V, Dragon the Bruce Lee story, Fight for Life, AirCars and so on.

 

Maybe I expected to much but I felt Atar's hype didn't match the end results.

Edited by VintageGamer74

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I like Atari Karts, but the power-ups are kinda' pointless unless you're going up against a friend. When playing alone, didn't feel like they had any impact on other racers. It's enjoyable, handles well, looks pretty, and sounds good. Still, best played with a friend.

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On the topic of how kart racers 'should' be done, I've just started playing Konami Krazy Racers on Gameboy Advance.

 

It's freaking awesome. It might actually be better than MK Super Circuit.

 

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It also made me lament what a missed opportunity Atari Karts was...

It's an ok game, but it could have been so much more.

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