The CD-i has certainly developed a reputation for itself as the result of a series of mishaps on Nintendo’s part. Despite all its shortcomings, I will forever be grateful to its existence. Although Nintendo ultimately decided to partner with Phillips instead, Sony shrugged this rejection off and decided they didn’t need Nintendo for anything. Thus, the PlayStation was born.

CD-i Month is a month-long “celebration” of (or an excuse to poke fun at) the “unholy Triforce” of Zelda games: Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda’s Adventure. These games were released for the Philips CD-i console in the mid-‘90s with Nintendo’s blessing… much to their regret, and now they pretend that they don’t exist. Throughout the month we’ll explore how they came to be, what they did right, what they did wrong (a lot), and their impact on the Zelda community. In short, we want to laugh with — or maybe laugh at — these relics of the past.

I never got around to playing the original PlayStation, but during my early childhood my uncle bought a PlayStation 2. I would often run around as Spyro for countless hours while visiting him. He was also very interested in the Gran Turismo games and would spend a lot of our visits trying to max out the game as much as possible. Eventually, we also started playing Tekken 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament as well.

As the years passed, the PlayStation line continued to grow, but my uncle still cherished his PlayStation 2. As the system got older, it began to have issues and eventually the laser that read the disc shifted from alignment. My uncle was unable to fix it himself and gave it to me in hopes that I could fix it and continue to use it. Thanks to my cousin’s husband, the PlayStation 2 was easily fixed and continues to work to this day. I expanded the collection of games, including games from franchises I’d often seen on Nintendo consoles, such as Harvest Moon: Innocent Life and Final Fantasy XII. I would often bring the PlayStation 2 back to him when I visited so he could continue to play all the games he loved.

However, I don’t know the Song of Time. While walking along the beach one evening he suddenly passed away. And while I can’t bring him back, the words of the inscription for the Sun’s Song in Ocarina of Time return to me:

“The rising sun will eventually set, A newborn’s life will fade. From sun to moon, moon to sun… Give peaceful rest to the living dead.”

I know my uncle is at peace. Today, I honor his memory by continuing to use my PlayStation 2 and expand my collection of games. I also now own a PlayStation 4 and bought Tekken 7 for it, along with the remake of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

So, while I’ve never played on a CD-i before, I can certainly say that, without it, I wouldn’t have all the wonderful memories I’ve made and I probably would never have branched away from Nintendo consoles. So, thanks CD-i for opening the wonderful door that you did!

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