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What if the Zelda CD-i games weren't licensed by Nintendo?

>> Sunday, December 10, 2006

This is something I'm thinking about for quite some time. Zelda is hot, there is no doubt about that. But everytime a games magazine or a games website dedicates a page to the Zelda franchise, summing each Zelda installments to their positive and negative marks, the Zelda CD-i games are always drawn to the negative side, because, compared to the 'original' Zelda games (So, those created by Nintendo themselves), the CD-i games can't be anything else than bad, bad, bad. So yes, they are different, but that doesn't make them bad. Taking the Animation Magic titles for example. One step further, they released Mutant Rampage after they completed the two Zelda CD-i games. With a total budget of over 1 million USA dollars, they had a lot do spend on it. Mutant Rampage was something else, although for a reason it was based on the same engine. The cut-scenes were enhanced with the extras of the Digital Video Cartridge, which made the frames more fluid and detailed. That was not all. The character animations, the variety, so OK, the game theme is a little different but in my opinion it's a very clever game, very nice to play and a lot of fun. So hold on, are all those magazines and websites wrong telling the Zelda games are plain bad? Ofcourse they are! For one reason because not even half of them ever played the games, and those who did are only comparing the games to the qualities outstanded by Nintendo, released on consoles capable of better graphics and power. Easy, no...

To bring my self back, I was thinking what would have happened when Animation Magic decided to release those games with a different name. So: No Zelda. Just a made up theme. What if the games weren't Zelda games? I'm afraid they would have been appreciated now a lot more. Yes, NOW. Because I don't think that would have happened in 1993. Because Philips wasn't stupid and knew Nintendo would sell. It's for a reason they carry the Zelda franchise. And it's an official one, too. Maybe the Zelda games from Animation Magic would be appreciated far less if they didn't carry the Zelda name, but in my opinion in retro perspective it would be seen as highly interested (first generation!) games on CD-i. Far underrated, just as Mutant Rampage. If you have a CD-i player, please try them out. You'd better buy a cheap copy of Mutant Rampage rather than spending lots of money on the Zelda games though, because that is only meant for collector's sake.

It also crossed my mind how the popularity of CD-i would be if there were never any connections with Nintendo at all! Based on your search queries, most of you are looking for the Nintendo games. While I think Animation Magic was better of when releasing those games without Nintendo's fame, I think it does justice to the Mario games known on CD-i. Be with me or not, but Hotel Mario is a very decent game. And what to think about the great history of Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, a game what could have been the best on CD-i? What about the mystery we only know by name: Mario Takes America? Who knows what The Black Moon project will uncover in the next years...

So CD-i's popularity is based for quite a bit on Nintendo, I guess. It's what makes the system interesting for a lot of you. I agree, although there is so much more...

3 reacties:

devin,  December 27, 2006 at 11:14 AM  

Very True. When asked to do a piece about Mario on CD-i I took a balanced view with, in [what my opinion was] a well rounded article. The publication loved the work I submitted but when it was published the commentary was almost unrecognisable to me. They demonised a system they never played upon and took a dim view of Hotel Mario! Why? Maybe they felt the need to fall in line with the popular urban myths instead of publishing some insightful journalism.

Anonymous,  May 18, 2014 at 1:56 AM  

People don't like those lame excuses of games because it has Zelda on it, but because the controls are awful, with flawed gameplay and stupid game design. AVGN and joueur du Grenier explained very well why thoses games deserves to be labelled as horribles games. In fact, you probably won't be interessed to this shit if the name Zelda wasn't on the title.

Bas May 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM  

I don't agree... I played all these games thoroughly and I liked the design, although some might find it difficult to play through. The games are in some way old-school, the games are big, the soundtrack is very nice, the gameplay is CD-i wise (that means it's not as fluent as on Nintendo systems, but very well handling with the CD-i hardware. Have you played the games? Have you played the follow-up: Mutant Rampage was developed by the same team and shows very nice the possibilities of CD-i. I find the games very good, but I can imagine they are not really family friendly these days, because the game is hard to play.

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Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
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Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
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Marco Polo - Infogrames
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Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
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Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
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What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
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Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
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Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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