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Zelda CD-i Meme

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Zelda CD-i remixes are a series of mash-up and parody videos based on cutscenes from The Legend of Zelda CD-i games. Due to its lackluster quality in animation and shoddy dialogues, the remix series became immensely popular within YouTube Poop community and spawned hundreds of derivatives featuring characters from Zelda CD-i games. The videos are quite notable for their extreme deviations from The Legend of Zelda canon, including the depiction of the Triforce as a blue pyramid and the premise of having Zelda save Link.

Origin

Background

The Legend of Zelda CD-i (Compact Disk interactive) games were developed in late 1993 as a partnership between the Dutch electronics company Philips and the Japanese videogame publisher Nintendo to encourage production of CD-based games. The CD-i games were produced without any quality control from Nintendo, allowing three of the worst video games ever to be produced under its brand: Zelda: Wand of Gamelon (Animation Magic, 1993), Link: The Faces of Evil (Animation Magic, 1993), and Zelda's Adventure (Viridis, 1994). Animation Magic outsourced all of the cutscene animation to a firm in Russia, who also worked on I.M. Meen, another CD-i game commonly lampooned on YouTube.

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Upon release, all of the Zelda CD-i games were criticized heavily for their bad gameplay, horrendous controls, confusing design, and ridiculous cartoon cutscenes. These games are widely regarded as some of the worst of all time, evident by their bad reviews from Electronic Gaming Monthly and IGN. Gametrailers.com regards Zelda: Wand of Gamelon as the "fifth worst game of all time."

The CD-i Zelda games have also been unofficially erased from Zelda canon by Nintendo. As a result, they are completely absent from any Nintendo publications, and they did not show up in the 2003 Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition, which included essentially every Legend of Zelda game to date aside from the CD-i games.

On YouTube

The early development of Zelda CD-i cutscene parodies on YouTube cannot be easily traced, but the original clip of the cutscene was first uploaded by YouTuber and YouTube Poop artist MasterAl on January 26th, 2006:


Spread

Once the Zelda CD-i cutscenes reached the YouTube Poop community, they spread like wildfire, and quickly gained status as one of the most commonly used sources in YouTube Poop videos. Wikitubia rates the Zelda CD-i scenes as among some of the oldest YouTube Poop sources, referring to them as "AIDS" due to their overuse.

The Zelda games would be followed shortly after by Hotel Mario, another CD-i game with cutscenes that would become the subject of ridicule on YouTube.

The Cutscenes

The cutscenes from Wand of Gamelon and The Faces of Evil are commonly used as YouTube Poop source material and the derived videos make up some of the most viewed examples of YouTube parodies. The cutscenes from Zelda's Adventure are not widely used because the cutscenes are in full motion video and the drawings are not as exploitable.



Notable Examples

Popular YouTubePoopers such as Walrus Guy use the Zelda CD-i games frequently as their base content. Throughout the cutscenes, certain lines are particularly subject to ridicule because of the mundane nature of the conversation (such as King Harkinian saying "I wonder what's for dinner") or the strange animation style coupled with bad line delivery (as when Gannon threatens Link with the line "or else you will die"). Often, for the sake of humor or the plot of the parodying video, the characters' original lines are mixed to sound like they are saying something else.



On Angry Video Game Nerd

Zelda: Wand of Gamelon was also featured in an episode of Angry Video Game Nerd, a web video series well known for its retrospectives on poorly-designed video games:


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Philips CD-i
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Type

Home multimedia device

Media used

Compact Disc

Release date(s)
North America1991
European Union1992

The Philips CD-i, short for Compact Disc Interactive, is a multimedia console released by Philips in 1991. The console featured three licensed The Legend of Zelda games.

Console

The console was designed to play audio CDs and, with add-on hardware, video CDs as well. It was originally designed as a general-purpose multimedia device, with games only being considered as an afterthought as additional applications.[1][2] Although while not focusing entirely on games, the CD-i is best known as a failed game console,[1] in part because almost all of the games available were of very low quality, especially those licensed by Nintendo. Because the CD-i was seen as a game console by the general public, it did not sell well when compared to the more powerful and less expensive dedicated game consoles available at the time. Because the CD-i failed to sell well, Philips took it off the market in 1998.

History with Nintendo

In the early 1990's, Nintendo partnered with Sony to produce a CD-ROM based add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as well as a two-in-one system that played both cartridge-based Super NES/Super Famicom games and CD-based "SuperDisc" games called the Nintendo "PlayStation". This deal however broke off when Nintendo violated Sony's contract by partnering with Philips, a rival company to Sony, to produce a similar peripheral.[3] In spite of this, Sony would develop the PlayStation console on their own which would later go on to compete with the Nintendo 64.

After the attempt with Philips failed, Nintendo reached a compromise and gave Philips the license to five of their franchises' characters for use in their own console system.[1][4] Ideas were pitched to American Interactive Media, the CD-i software publishing branch, which settled on making games based on Nintendo's biggest names.[1] The compromise would result in several licensed games being released, including three Zelda games, Hotel Mario, and Tetris. Threecancelledgames were also planned.

The licensed games released for the console have been subject to much criticism from reviewers and fans alike, and Nintendo does not recognize them as canon to their respective series.[5]

The Legend of Zelda Games

The Faces of Evil

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Main article: Link: The Faces of Evil

Link: The Faces of Evil was released on October 10, 1993 in North America and Europe. It was developed by Animation Magic. The game was developed in tandem with, and released on the same day as Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. Unlike most Zelda games, the game is played in a side-scrolling view similar to The Adventure of Link. It tells the story of Link going to the island of Koridai, after receiving word that Ganon's minions have taken over the island and enslaved many of its citizens. Each of Ganon's minions control a "Face of Evil", mountain peaks resembling their likenesses, which Link must conquer before finally facing Ganon, who has his own Face of Evil.

The Wand of Gamelon

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Main article: Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon was released on October 10, 1993 in North America and Europe. It was developed by Animation Magic. The game was developed in tandem with, and released on the same day as Link: The Faces of Evil, and is also played in a side-scrolling view similar to The Adventure of Link. It tells the story that the island of Gamelon and its ruler, Duke Onkled, have been captured and seized by Ganon's evil forces. King Harkinian, Zelda's father, leaves to aide Onkled but does not return, and after Link is sent in his stead, also fails to return. Zelda and Impa then leave for the island to find her father and Link and to rescue the island and its inhabitants from Ganon's minions.

Zelda's Adventure

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Main article: Zelda's Adventure

Zelda's Adventure was released in 1995 in Europe. It is different from the previous two Zelda CD-i games as it was developed separately by Viridis Corporation, and features a top-down view common to most conventional 2D Zelda games. The game tells the story of Princess Zelda's journey through Tolemac, a land now controlled by Ganon, who had also captured Link. Zelda learns from Gaspra the astronomer that she must find the seven Celestial Signs and defeat the keepers of the shrines holding them in order to save the land and rescue Link.

Gallery

  • An advertisement for two of the CD-i Zelda games

External links

References

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Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (Philips CD-i, 1993)

Product Information

  • Unlike the other games in this series, which star Link as the lead character, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon has you controlling Princess Zelda herself. The island nation of Gamelon is under attack by the evil forces of Ganon. Zelda's father (King Harkinian) and Link have been dispatched to Gamelon, only to disappear without a word. Now, Zelda has set out to save her comrades and restore peace to the island.

    You begin the game equipped with a sword and a shield. By hacking and slashing Dairas, Octoroks and other soldiers of Ganon, you can pick up rubies that the enemies drop. These can be used at the general store in Sakado to purchase bombs for blowing up enemies and obstacles, robes for climbing various wooden surfaces, and lamp oil for lighting your way in darkened areas. Your magic pouch will enable you to carry these supplies and other useful items you may find.

    Gameplay, which is of the side-scrolling (though nonlinear) variety, involves walking, climbing, jumping, battling enemies, talking to citizens, and searching for items and passageways. There are 90 different characters with whom to interact, and 70 playfields, including swamps, forests, palaces and a mysterious fairy pool.

Product Identifiers

  • Publisher

    Philips Interactive Media

  • UPC

    0731069015826

  • eBay Product ID (ePID)

    56212654

Product Key Features

  • Release Year

    1993

  • Genre

    Adventure, Action/Adventure

  • Platform

    Philips CD-i

  • Game Name

    Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Additional Product Features

  • Number of Players

    1

  • Control Elements

    Gamepad/Joystick

  • Game Name Series

    The Legend of Zelda Series

  • Location

    USA

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