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Atari Corporation


Atari Corporation was formed in 1984 when Jack Tramiel bought the home computing and game console divisions of Atari, Inc. from Warner Communications and merged it with his own company, Tramel Technology Ltd. (TTL).

Jack Tramiel was the former CEO of Commodore International which had been recently ousted. During this time, he stopped all of their game and console development and focused only on developing computers. Jack Tramiel hired many of the engineers from Commodore to join him, however these engineers were sued by Commodore for stealing computer designs that were used in Commodore computers, and Commodore won. Atari also sued Commodore and Amiga Corp. for breach of contract, which was eventually settled out of court.

Atari came up with the Atari ST computer, which stopped the net losses at Atari, the ST sold 4 million units, mostly in Europe, it did not fare as well in the USA.

This success gave Atari more financial leverage, so Atari got into marketing the handheld console, the Atari Lynx (which was developed by Epyx). The Lynx had very good technical abilities, however it drained the batteries required for it very quickly, and they had a shortage of parts when a person needed it repaired. It was also more expensive than the Nintendo Game Boy and had less aggressive marketing strategies that the Game Boy had and did not have the third party development that the Game Boy and the SEGA Game Gear had.

Atari then proceeded to develop a 64-bit CD Based console, the Atari Jaguar, which was expensive on the market. It did not fare well in the beginning of it's introduction, and after the SEGA Saturn, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64 came out, the Jaguar was a complete failure because of its inability to compete with these systems. The Tramiel family eventually pulled out of the business and sold their stock to JTS Inc., but Atari does not exist anymore.

The name Atari is now used as a game publisher and subsidiary for Infogrames, which later re-branded its entire business to Atari. There are no plans on getting back into developing consoles.


Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2(1998)
World Tour Racing(1997)
Iron Soldier 2(1997)
Breakout 2000(1996)
Defender 2000(1996)
Mutant Penguins(1996)
Battlezone/Super Breakout(1996)
Fight for Life(1996)
Head-On Soccer(1995)
Missile Command 3D(1995)
Ruiner Pinball(1995)
Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands(1995)
Atari Karts(1995)
Blue Lightning(1995)
Vid Grid(1995)
Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods(1995)
Super Burnout(1995)
White Men Can't Jump(1995)
Ultra Vortek(1995)
Hover Strike(1995)
Supercross 3D(1995)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition(1995)
Super Asteroids and Missile Command(1995)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure(1995)
Battlezone 2000(1995)
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story(1994)
Wolfenstein 3D(1994)
Club Drive(1994)
Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding(1994)
Alien Vs Predator(1994)
Iron Soldier(1994)
Zool 2(1994)
Checkered Flag(1994)
Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales(1994)
Tempest 2000(1994)
Kasumi Ninja(1994)
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy(1993)
Malibu Bikini Volleyball(1993)
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour(1993)
Gordo 106(1993)

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The word “atari” is a term from the Japanese board game Go.

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