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Hello, well ive studied consoles till they came out (Just a past time) and this seems like one of the very few that i missed. It doesnt seem like it took off very much, i dont even know what company it was by, all i know is that it had some nintendo games on it. Could somebody give me a discription of this console, and was it any good. If so i want to buy a piece of gaming history.

Edit: Off topic i thought this was funny. For any of you who have heard of the pladia console by bandai it was meant for kids at first. Later on they werent making enough products soo...
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FACT: Bandai, seeing a need to recover losses from this failed system, began publishing “Idol CD’s” in order to sell more Playdia units. Idol CD’s were interactive games featuring young Japanese girls that took off their clothes at the player’s command. This tactic seems rather strange since the Playdia was originally marketed as a ‘family oriented system’. Guess daddy needed some fun too. Funny thing is that it worked. Bandai sold enough units to make a small profit.
Lol, i thought it was funny, found it here: http://darkwatcher.psxfanatics.com/console/playdia.htm
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Here is some Info for you ..I will see if i can find some more.

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The CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by Philips and Sony in 1986. The first Philips CD-i player, released in 1991 and initially priced around USD $400, was capable of playing interactive CD-i discs, Audio CDs, CD+G (CD+Graphics), Karaoke CDs, and Video CDs (VCDs), though the last required an optional "Digital Video Card" to provide MPEG-1 decoding.

Early software releases in the CD-i format focused heavily on educational and self-improvement titles, with only a handful of video games, many of them adaptations of board games like "Connect Four". The most popular games for the system were The 7th Guest and Burn: Cycle. Later attempts to develop a foothold in the games market were rendered irrelevant by the arrival of cheaper and more powerful consoles, such as the Sony PlayStation. CD-i is noted for the release of several spinoffs of popular Nintendo video games featuring characters typically seen only on Nintendo consoles, although those games were not developed by Nintendo.

Hotel Mario was a puzzle game that featured Super Mario Bros. characters and three Legend of Zelda games were released: Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure. Nintendo and Philips had secured an agreement to co-develop a CD-ROM enhancement for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Philips was contractually allowed to continue using Nintendo characters after the deal fell through.

Although extensively marketed by Philips, consumer interest in CD-i titles remained low. By 1994, sales of CD-i systems had begun to slow, and in 1998 the product line was dropped. With the home market exhausted, Philips tried with little success to position the technology as a tool for kiosks and industrial multimedia.
Source:http://www.consolepassion.co.uk/philips-cdi.htm

Here is some more Info i found also :

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This "interactive multimedia CD player" was mainly manufactured by Philips, although a few other vendors produced their own versions. The CD-i (short for "Compact Disc Interactive") was truly an odd system that never gained a foothold in the home electronics market. Initially it focused on self-improvement, CD-video, and educational titles, but later attempted to tap into the more-lucrative video game market. Like so many other early CD-based systems (including the 3DO), the system's game library specialized in full-motion video titles with limited play value. There aren't many worthwhile games for the CD-i, and you could argue that there are none at all. Probably the most notable titles were a Mario platformer and three Zelda adventures. How Philips managed to secure these respectable licenses from Nintendo is a mystery, but even those were mediocre and are best left forgotten.
The rest is here:http://www.videogamecritic.net/cdiinfo.htm
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I had a chance to play a CD-i at Woodstock 94. Worst...console...ever.

And Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon is often regarded at the worst...video game...ever.
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Wow, i was going to consider this cosole but...neverming.
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Wow, i was going to consider this cosole but...neverming.
Has to be said all in all it doesnt look like it was a very good console even for its time.
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