Philips CD-i

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Philips CD-i.

The Philips CD-i is a home multimedia device released in 1991 by Philips. Acting in some ways similar to a modern-day DVD player, the CD-i was supposed to represent a revolutionary new era for media players - a single device that could play not just music CDs but also video games.

The CD-i was the result of a failed deal between Nintendo and Sony to create a CD-based add-on for the SNES called the PlayStation Experimental. Sony, however, wanted a large share of the profit from this add-on, as well as the right to brand it with their logo. Without warning, Nintendo canceled the deal, moving to Sony's rival Philips to make the same add-on. Sony's research and development on the PlayStation Experimental led to the release of the PlayStation console in 1996 as a rival to the Nintendo 64.

Luigi in Hotel Mario

When Nintendo eventually backed out of the deal with Philips, Philips demanded to use several of Nintendo's characters in games for the CD-i, leading to the notoriously poor Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda's Adventure, and Hotel Mario.

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