Atari Jaguar emulators

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The Atari Jaguar and controller

The Atari Jaguar (AJ) was a console produced by Atari in 1993. Despite the intense marketing efforts by Atari, the Jaguar is in fact a 32-bit console rather than 64-bit, as a whole; only one part of its two CPUs were 64-bit. The console would prove to be the final home console release for Atari, before releasing plug-and-play versions of their older games. There was also a CD addon called the Atari Jaguar CD (AJ-CD).

Emulators

Name Operating System(s) Latest version AJ-CD Libretro Core Active Recommended
PC
MAME Multi-platform 0.214 ?
Phoenix Emu Project Windows, Linux, macOS 2.8.JAG
Virtual Jaguar Windows, Linux, macOS 2.1.3 / Builds / Git
BlastEm Windows, Linux, macOS 0.5.1
Project Tempest Windows 0.95
Mobile
MAME Multi-platform[N 1] 0.214 ?
IrataJaguar Android 1.0.7
  1. Only available on mobile as a libretro core.

Comparison

Project Tempest
Was the first ever working Atari Jaguar emulator. It emulates some games, but most have issues. As it's name suggests it was primarily made for Tempest 2000, with other games as secondary goals. Project Tempest only supports two Jaguar CD games; Primal Rage and Baldies (the latter has sound distortion though). It has not been updated since 2004.
Virtual Jaguar
An open-source emulator based on the original by the same name. It has excellent accuracy and performance, being the most compatible Jaguar emulator yet. Use the link given as "git" on this page and choose the most current version from there.
Phoenix
A closed-source project, somehow more compatible than Virtual Jaguar.

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