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Thread Author: RiKo
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Was Atari's Mirai System The Result Of A Collaboration With SNK?
RiKo
Interesting thought but not sure if it is true. Anyway i saw a picture of this (unreleased) system on the net today and googled. There is a lot of speculation that it was :

www.cyberroach.com/cyromag/14/DSCN3936.jpg

SNK, (Shin Nihon Kiaku Corporation) which is best known for their Neo Geo line of arcade and home gaming products, was based just yards across the street from Atari Corporation in Sunnyvale, California. On many occasions during the early 1990's SNK and Atari had worked together on a few interesting undisclosed projects. It is believed that the mysterious Atari MIRAI mockup game system was the ultimate product of this union, possibly being the "Neo Geo for the masses" while being marketed under the more familiar Atari brand name. The MIRAI featured XEGS-like styling and a massive cartridge port which could easily swallow a Neo-Geo sized cartridge.


www.cyberroach.com/cyromag/six/mvc-101f.jpg

Quoted from AtariHQ.com : is one has all of us perplexed. Judging by its XE Game System-like design and liberal use of pastel colors, we reckon that Mirai was a mock-up of a proposed late 80's game console. That's about the extent of it. If it weren't for the faceplate with "Mirai" written on it, we wouldn't have a clue of anything about this thing.
At first, we thought that it might be an early mock-up for a game machine based on the ST line of 16 and 32-bit Atari computers. Upon further inspection, however, we noticed the massive size of the cartridge slot... it's HUGE! Then we began to wonder if it wasn't something that Atari and SNK were discussing behind the scenes -- an Atari version of the Neo Geo, perhaps? Well, the Mirai's cartridge port would effortlessly swallow an already-hulking Neo Geo cartridge and spit it out for lunch. What about the unreleased Panther machine? The color and design scheme doesn't fit the time frame in which Panther was being developed (early 1990's). We're going to stop splitting our hairs over this one, and let you guys theorize on what this darned thing is. The only other thing worth noting is that Mirai means "future" in Japanese. Thankfully, the future as the Atari Mirai saw it was never realized.

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Thats the first time ive heard of Atari & SNK working together, not sure if the console is genuine or not as its unlike anything ive seen before.
 
CRV
Atari historian Marty Goldberg apparently knows what the Mirai was, but he is saving that for his book about Atari Corp.
 
RiKo
i think its probably a genuine Atari and it does share the Atari computer colour scheme +styling . see the Atari XE below

catfishman.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/xe-and-keyboard.jpg

but who knows what it is? i think most of the speculation comes fro the Japanese name. Im not even sure if the US SNK made hardware? However Atari does have a history of buying technology in - e.g the Lynx, and the funding of the Amiga initially (before Commodore stepped in) so its possible.

@CRV grrr he's keeping it secret so we have to buy his book.
Edited by RiKo on 01. August 2011 15:25
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