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The 1993 CD-i press announcements

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After a silence of nine months we pick up the line of press articles covering the articles which has been published in the US newspapers. Thanks to the archives we can now head back and look what release lists Philips published back in the days. Between the small words you can read a lot of hints on what is expected and how early in the life cycle Philips was already struggling with the identity of the CD-i format. 1993 was one of the most important years of CD-i, as 'Digital Video' launched this year and consumers were able to buy a Digital Video Cartridge for about 500 dollars! Moreover this year the first products were born out of the Nintendo-Philips issue. Read them after the click.

Philips Confused Over Matsushita CD-I Reports

Despite widespread reports to the contrary, Tokyo headquartered Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, says it has no intention of abandoning the Compact Disc-Interactive (CD-I) format. Matsushita appears to have made a long-term commitment to the manufacture of the 3DO player and CD-I manufacturer Philips said it finds Matsushita's statements confusing.

Telegraaf, an Amsterdam newspaper, claims a research and development director at Matsushita said CD-I was "dated" and was being abandoned in favor of the newer 3DO format. Several other publications are echoing the report as well.

However, Matsushita says any reports concerning the abandonment of CD-I are erroneous. Company representatives emphatically stated that Matsushita has not stopped developing CD-I and has no intention of stopping CD-I development.

Representatives from Philips said they are confused as to why Matsushita feels a need to make a statement concerning CD-I, either positive or negative. They say the statement is even more puzzling considering the fact that Matsushita has never brought a CD-I player to the US market, despite its repeated displays of prototype units at CD-I trade shows.

A representative at Matsushita told Newsbytes the report appears to be a misunderstanding. However, the New York Times said Wall Street analysts are advising clients to sell their 3DO stock now, at a loss, because of concern that 3DO might not be able to live up to its high claims. Software developers for the 3DO platform have quietly expressed similar concerns to us.

San Mateo, California-based 3DO, started by Electronic Arts founder Tripp Hawkins, went public this year without a product and was enthusiastically greeted by Wall Street. Matsushita picked up the manufacture of the hardware for the platform and is manufacturing it under the brand name Panasonic. Contrary to its flying start, 3DO appears to be struggling. The company reported losses so far this year and is now in a quiet period upon the issuance of more stock.

CD-I was introduced nearly three years ago, but now has a broad base of titles available and also offers playback of popular movies on CD through a partnership with Paramount. Philips is also advertising heavily in the form of "infomercials" concerning the CD-I player and products. 3DO is using a similar approach to advertise its product, but only four titles are available for the unit to date though more are promised soon.


Proving that its CD-I development is still active Matsushita demonstrated full-motion video (FMV) from a CD-I disc at a recent press seminar in Wiesbaden, Germany. CD-I has been under development for five years at Matsushita's Audio and Video Sector division, while group's separate Information Equipment Sector has independently pledged allegiance to rival 3DO multimedia system. Audio and Video Sector director Yoshio Hino now says the two Matsushita divisions must communicate and attempt to build some kind of compatibility between the rival systems so that at least FMV discs will play on both.


First 35,000-unit US shipment of Sega's CD-ROM add-on for its Genesis/Megadrive video games console is claimed to have sold out in two days--almost equaling in two days the 15-month sales total of Philips' $700 CD-I machines put by the company at 40,000 units. Sega claims its $300 CD machine--launched November 1992--easily exceeded Christmas sales target of 200,000 units and expects to have the devices in 1m US homes by end-1993.

Around 10,000 CD-I players have been sold by Philips in the UK and 6,000 in the Netherlands--significantly exceeding expectations in both markets. Price of Japanese CD-I player has meanwhile been dropped by 18 per cent to Y115,000 ($927).

CD-I was almost completely absent at recent US Consumer Electronics Show, although Goldstar was showing a prototype player in a back room and Motorola demonstrated its full-motion video (FMV) add-on module for CD-I players.

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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