The Philips CD-i wasn’t the best known system back in the day, but in the 90’s it was churning out instant classics based on Nintendo franchises such as Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda’s Adventure. Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon were created by Animation Magic which also created the hit title Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam for the Philips CD-i. Zelda’s Adventure was developed by Viridis and featured a top-down style as opposed to the side-scrolling design of the Animation Magic titles.
Despite being mostly about interactive multimedia experiences, some would say that the pinnacle of gaming was started when gamers first picked up the innovative Philips CD-i controller and traveled the countryside as Link/Zelda. Whether it was the awkward way you held the controller or just the all-around lag between hitting a button and seeing an action on the screen take place, gamers were definitely intrigued by the CD-i controller design.
For those that are unfamiliar with the CD-i titles, here are a couple screenshots so you can get a feel for their gameplay and artwork style:
As you can see, the first two titles definitely resemble The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for NES while Zelda’s Adventure is similar to the original Legend of Zelda for the NES but with a more isometric view instead of true top-down.
Nintendo was going to wait to drop this megaton announcement for E3, but since they are not attending PAX East 2014 this year they determined it was only right to drop this news ahead of time. I for one am highly upset that I won’t be able to play this amazing collection on the expo hall floor, but I think these gems will be worth the wait.
Nintendo states that the games will be available in remastered HD for Wii U Virtual Console on April 11th and will be part of the 3D Classics collection on 3DS starting April 25th. The remastered games on Wii U will be sold as a 3-title collection for $20 or individually for $10 a piece. For 3DS, they will be sold as a 3-title collection for $15 or individually for $6.99 a piece.
Here’s a little taste of what’s in store for you in Link:The Faces of Evil:
Let’s only hope that Nintendo brings Hotel Mario over to the Virtual Console in the near future.