Royal Philips Electronics

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Royal Philips Electronics
Current Philips logo
Founded 1891
First Super Mario game Hotel Mario
Current president Gerard Kleisterlee

Royal Philips Electronics (often known simply as Philips) is a Dutch consumer electronics company. Among other inventions, Philips co-created the compact disc format with future Nintendo rival Sony, and from this developed the Philips CD-i, a failed multimedia device based around the capabilities of the format. The Philips CD-i had one Super Mario game, Hotel Mario, although Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, Mario Takes America, and a Donkey Kong game were also licensed.

History with Nintendo[edit]

With the home market exhausted, and having already found substantial success with the CD as a music distribution format, Philips tried with some success to position the CD-i as a solution for kiosk applications and industrial multimedia. The console still maintains a cult following on the Internet. One CD-i Super Mario game (titled Hotel Mario), and three CD-i The Legend of Zelda games were released: Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda's Adventure. Nintendo and Philips had established an agreement to co-develop a CD-ROM enhancement for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (after Nintendo and Sony scrapped a previous deal on an earlier add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which would eventually result in the creation of the PlayStation), and Philips was contractually allowed to continue using Nintendo characters after the deal fell through.

In 2014, Philips announced its intent to sue Nintendo to ban sales of the Wii U in North America. Philips asserted it had patents on motion sensor and motion control technology, the latter of which was also used by the Wii console.[1][2]


  1. ^ Mike Mahardy. (May 14, 2014). Philips Allegedly Suing Nintendo, Asks for Damages. IGN. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  2. ^ Ben Gilbert. (May 15, 2014). Nintendo being sued over motion patents in the Wii and Wii U. Engadget. Retrieved June 7, 2021.