The first Atari clone came from Switzerland and was called "Medusa". The project was designed to be an accelerator card for plain Atari STs but then evolved into a full grown, although pricey personal computer. The computer was built with known Atari and standard pc components. Unfortunately, using components of the Atari computer also meant a higher price. These components were used to increase compatibility with existing programs which was a bit strange since the applications the Medusa was designed for were mainly cleanly written anyway. A lot of programs had problems with the 68040 cpu.
Atari left the computer market
Although there were rumors about a Falcon successor aimed at the more professional market, Atari did not see any chance to compete with the cheap PC's. They were neither able to ship the Falcon in large quantities nor could they afford great marketing campaigns.
One magazine however, wrote about a new Atari computer called the Milan. Although the name would fit into Ataris name scheme for computers at that time (the prototype of the Falcon was also known as "Sparrow"), the rumours did not have any insider background. Two years later, the people responsible for the "Atari Inside" magazine started developing their own Atari clone which they called "Milan".
Neo Geo CD
The Neo Geo, home of the finest 2D fighting games across systems, was a fine gaming system. Unfortunately, the games were too expensive for the casual gamer. The Neo Geo CD was introduced as a means to decrease the price of the games. It worked, but gamers complained about the slow speed of the cd drive. Neo Geo was a gaming system for collectors anyway and they preferred the expensive cartridges - many of them were published as limited editions. The cd version failed miserably.
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