Philips CD-i

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Philips CD-i
Released 1991
Discontinued 1998
Predecessor None
Successor None

The Philips CD-i is a discontinued video game system, and generally considered to be one of the worst. It was the first to be CD-ROM-based. Nintendo originally partnered with Philips Media to develop the SNES CD for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The project was later aborted, but Philips was allowed to make games based on Nintendo licenses, which was part of the agreement. The CD-i was originally released in 1991 at the price of $700 in the United States.

After the SNES CD was abandoned, Philips Media released three games for The Legend of Zelda series, one for the Mario series (while two other were planned but cancelled), and a version of Tetris under contract from Nintendo. The The Legend of Zelda and Mario games received very bad reception, and the system generally had poor sales. In 1998, Philips announced that the CD-i had been discontinued. It was never released in Australia.

Mario games for the CD-i[edit]

Unannounced Donkey Kong title[edit]

A Donkey Kong game was apparently in development for the system. The only known report of it is the LinkedIn resume of programmer Adrian Jackson-Jones, which states the game was in development during the 1992-1993 period at RSP. Jackson-Jones "designed and implemented the game engine" for the project[1].


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