Widely considered one of (if not the) worst console(s) of all time, even surpassing systems like the Sega CD, 32X and 3DO, which each had at least 1 decent game each.

Its most (in)famous games included the Nintendo-licensed Zelda games Faces of Evil/Wand of Gamelon/Zelda's Adventure, along with Hotel Mario.

Interestingly, the CD-i would live on to finally entertain people (in a way) about a decade and a half after its release, when the Youtube Poop fad (which is heavily rooted in the horrendously bad, yet hilarious, Nintendo FMVs).
Notable cd-i game quotes:

"Enough! My ship sails in the morning. I wonder what's for dinner?"

"There is no time, your sword is enough!"

"You DARE bring light into my lair? YOU MUST DIE?!!!"
by Steven Edwards August 9, 2009
a gaming console that should never have been invented!
have u seen legend of zelda for the cd-i???? its horrable!
the kids next door crying and bats are flying out of hell...
whos playing cd-i?
by joshxx March 25, 2007
An ill-fated multimedia console from the early 90's, developed by Philips. Known best for harboring some of the worst games ever made, many of which are so bad that they're actually fantastic. "Zelda: Wand of Gamelon" and "Link: Faces of Evil" are the games most people associate with the device.

See also: Youtube Poop.
The Playstation 3 is the CD-i of our time.
by shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh March 9, 2008
Also Known by its full name "Compact Disc Interactive", CD-I was a short-lived video disc format introduced by Philips in 1993 that was designed to be played in CD-I players equipped with an optional Digital Video Cartridge. This expansion unit contained a 32 bit RISC processor and 1 MB of RAM to provide MPEG-1 decoding. It was the first digital video format on the consumer market.

It is best known for the infamous Hotel Mario game, or the Legend of Zelda games. These were the only Nintendo games that were ever licensed under any other company (Philips). It's lesser known use was for films. Only 20 or so movies made it onto CD-I.
wow, this CD-I movie looks so clear... for the 90's anyway.
by cheese tips March 22, 2017
The greatest gaming console ever made, entirely because it is the father of YouTube Poops.
The Philips CD-I is the most powerful gaming console.
by Inquisitive Walnut August 10, 2020
yes i’ll show up to all movies
he said gr at it cd u i c c o so thats guaranteed he’ll show up to the movies
by omwtfybbg June 24, 2022