AVGN: CD-I Part 1 – Hotel Mario

Mike Matei / November 12th, 2008

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  • frstefan

    April 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

    the CDI zelda game is a triforce of fuck (maybe its a fuckforce)

  • Rhetticus

    June 1, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Wow, what an impressive collection *_*. And with all that wood the room itself looks like a ’70s console =D

  • Issitheus

    June 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I managed to get a CD-i today for only about 4 bucks, and it works!
    Sadly (or would it be thankfully?), it didn’t come with a controller or any games.

  • supermark64

    June 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

    thats weirdish. nintendo tried to make a cd attachment to the snes with sony but somthing happened that made them seperate. so its almost like nintendo made their own competer. (i fail at spelling)

  • TacticPwner117XBL

    June 13, 2010 at 12:40 am

    After watching all 3 parts, I felt like killing myself, just knowing that there are existing Zelda games that SUCKS MONKEYFUCK!

  • BananaJello

    July 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Only CD-i game I ever played was Burn Cycle, and it was a PC port. It wasn’t too bad, bit confusing, but it was actually pretty fun. It was fairly innovative for the time.

  • July 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hotel Mario? Super Mario Brothers’ Hotel?
    More like Super Mario Brothel!

    Gotta close the doors, get the Goombas some privacy with the Koopa Troopas!

    Were there ANY ..
    . – go… ….dece……. … .. . ACCEPTABLE games for this system?? What were they thinking!?

  • Minion of Yahtzee

    July 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    The CDi, oh good god what an unholy pile of plastic evil. This is perfect to be the vessel for the unholy Triforce. I heard rumors but I never knew it existed. At least I wish it didn’t exist.

  • supermark64

    August 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    i honestly somewhat like this game

  • Ps3nerd032

    August 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Wow, that Donkey Kong figure’s hands is pretty suggestive, and Hotel Mario is pretty much a giant never-ending goose chase in a hotel, but like, that makes a difference. Also, the jump over – up into another enemy on different floor thing is ridiculous, I mean obviously, given that it’s a hotel, that was bound to happen with the layout. So, I digress, in my opinion, it’s not a bad game, it’s just inevitable things like that make suck ass.

  • phoenix252005

    October 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    wow what a piece of dog shit! A fuckin piece of turkey turds!!! Long live the Nerd!!

  • supermuffin

    October 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

    there was actually a mario game not on a nintendo consle (.)(.)

  • phoenix252005

    October 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Yeah and as you can see it was a piece of monkey doo-doo!! Fuck this game and Fuck this system!!!! YOur awesome James!!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve never seen a case like the one for your copy of Wand of Gamelon.

    The cut scenes on the Mario and Zelda games ARE more corny than the cartoons.

  • Juno

    November 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

    so how did they get the rights to mario and zelda??

  • December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    My uncle has a CD-I and me and my two older brothers used to play on it way back. The funny thing is, we didn’t play that sucking games (though watching this makes the CD-I really look bad and it is). But really, search for The Apprentice. It’s really a nice game!

  • adamL

    January 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    @ supermark64

    holy crap, I had no idea how the PlayStation project began. So Sony realized Nintendo had an idea they could have used, but had to pretend to work with Nintendo just to learn how to make a video game system? And then ripped them off?

    Sony just has a long, awful history of evil. They put rootkits on our computers and shut down Lik-Sang, too! 😯

  • phv

    March 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    omg where can you buy that donkey kong animal. i want it so bad!!!

  • aztoya06

    April 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hey guys I have a question, why did he cross out sony when he was talking about the playstation? Isn’t it called the Sony Playstation?? Maybe it was just a mistake but I’m confused.

  • August 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    About the deal with Nintendo and Sony…

    It’s not like Sony screwed over Nintendo. Nintendo approached Sony to create a CD addon for the SNES, the SNES-CD. Progress was made a contract was signed. But the contract that was signed would give Sony complete control over all titles released on the SNES-CD. Nintendo didn’t want this so without so much as informing Sony, Nintendo announced publicly that all cooperation with Sony was disbanded and that they would approach Philips instead.

    Sony then considered cancelling the project, but instead they decided to use what they already accomplished to create an early version of the PlayStation, then called Play Station. Nintendo sued them because according to them they owned the name. They lost the lawsuit and Sony released their early version of the Play Station.

    Nintendo and Sony then came to an agreement that the Play Station would still have a port for SNES games, and Nintendo would receive the bulk of the profits for these games. But then Sony decided to rework the Play Station for a new target audience, renaming it to PlayStation and thus ending Nintendo’s involvement in the matter.

    So in essence Nintendo screwed over Sony, not the other way around.

  • August 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    wow either i’m on drugs or fucking elvis was on the cover of hotel mario!
    that game was a shitload of fuck!

  • Mike Portnoy

    August 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Ay. Ay, you. You. F*** you!


    August 27, 2011 at 5:11 am

    random intro with dk lol

  • penpan

    September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Wow what a shitty mario game. I mean, really? Glad you showed it to us!

  • Shadowfied

    September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Legendary episodes! The games are disgraceful though.

  • rigby127

    October 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

    CD-I RULEZ…. more like CD-I SUCKZ ASS

  • October 30, 2011 at 2:46 am

    im not gonna lie but i owned a CD-I its not like i willingly bought it, my mother bought it from a friend for about 50 bucks, it was the huge model, my mom thought it was like a cd or movie player or something like that, and it came packaged with hotel mario. and i was a kid at the time never even heared of this thing, and i was a fan of super mario bros and finished super mario world, i saw the cover and thought it was like a sequal to mario word…but ohhh man was i pissed off on how much it wasnt and it scared me for life, luckly that thing is gone…lets just say as time went by i started having fun with matches and i decided that it was time for payback.

  • Universal

    November 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    CD-I oddly reminds me of the “games” that come as bonus content on DVDs.

    Think there might be a connection?

  • FranklinBolden

    November 16, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I think I have to add some clarity to the situation. Sony and Nintendo were working through a strategic partnership to create the CD add-on for the SNES.

    While they were squabbling over how to split the profits, Nintendo basically took the technology over to Phillips who created the CD-I off of it, and signed a contract with Nintendo that was favorable to both parties. The Sony CEO at the time was so furious that he wanted Sony to create a system on its own to compete with Nintendo as payback. What we got was the first successful CD system, and the Nintendo-killer. Nintendo wouldnt recover until the Wii, and thats where we are! 😀

    • exroh4

      December 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      @Staarscommando they may have recovered financially, but they’re reputation among serious gamers is at all time low, in my opinion.

    • CharlesCortes

      December 31, 2011 at 3:44 am

      so true but may ia sk something i dont mean to sound bad or anything but what ever happened to the N64 CD-I?

  • SamanthavanderTouw

    December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    To be honest my FIRST console was a CD-I. I also had the Mario Hotel game and I LOVED IT, but never finished the game always got stuck on the last Hotel.But the game I realy love on the CD-I was Alice in Wonderland. IT had great stopmotion animations. What I found funny is that AVGN had so manny trouble with the controller. I NEVER had that problem ^^. This was my introduction to gaming and I think that people shouldn’t be so negative about. Of course the games are bad but back then most games were bad. For my parents it was must cheaper to buy this

    • Fei Wong

      December 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      @SamanthavanderTouw Im glad i have grown with NES and Super Mario Bros, not this one!

    • StevenAnthonySkelly

      December 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      @SamanthavanderTouw Probably not the best of ideas to tune into AVGN if you don’t want to hear negative opinions about games such as these. Though rest assure, the Nerds whole stick is to make petty complaints and look for the worst in things to justify the anger. That’s not to say many of his complaints aren’t genuine however the whole point of the show is to watch him get angry about video games so for that to happen, some times you’ve got to dig and look.Here Mario Hotel didn’t get too bad a drilling, so its probably not that bad.I was born in the 90’s (1990 to be exact) so I grew up more with the SNES, Sega Saturn and even the Commadore Amiga. Though by the time I was old enough to do some serious gaming, it was the PSone and N64 for me. I loved quite a few games on those consoles like the Resident Evil and Tomb Raider series. However, I acknowledge those games had problems and I wouldn’t get too upset if the Nerd reviewed those games and drilled them for their shortcomings.

      • SamanthavanderTouw

        December 26, 2011 at 6:21 am

        @[email protected] I love his reviews about games. It’s HIS opinion and I respect that. But I know people that just say it sucks because AVGN said it, not because it’s their OWN opinion. And when I said people shouldn’t be so negative, I actually mean those people that doesn’t have their own opinion, NOT the AVGN, because i know it’s part for show and that’s what I love about his reviews. So I think you didn’t understand me well when you read my comment or I left some importent information out, if that’s the case sorry about that. But I’m not mad about him for giving his opinion with a little spice^^

      • StevenAnthonySkelly

        December 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

        @[email protected] Its quite possible that I didn’t understand you, guess it was in the early hours in the morning when I posted that reply so might not have been all there. I was under the impression that the Nerd should keep his negative opinions to himself rather than telling people to “give it a try, its not that bad” or “play it for yourself and make up your own mind”.Believe it or not, I’ve seen that quite often when watching or reading reviews. People forget the whole opinion/critic aspect and get pissy when the critic doesn’t believe that they’re game wasn’t fashioned out of gold. Such behavior perplexes me, people that can’t accept the opinions of others :).

        That said I do agree with what you say now that this misunderstanding is out of the way, people really should base things on their own opinions rather than just the AVGN’s, he’s named numerous games that I grew up with in the suckage pile but, while I agree with the shortcomings pointed out… Still didn’t stop me from enjoying the games or respecting his opinion/enjoying the show :).

      • aztoya06

        February 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        @StevenAnthonySkelly @SamanthavanderTouw

        OMG!! I loved Resident Evil and Tomb Raider!! I was born in 1988 and when I played those games for the first time (in the late 90’s) I could not stop!! It may just be my opinion, but it seems like games now don’t have those nice cut scenes and ‘feel’ of those series.I loved finding keys and/or clues and not knowing what scary boss creature you would have to fight next.

      • StevenAnthonySkelly

        February 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        @aztoya06 @SamanthavanderTouw Possibly nostalgia goggles? Things seem better when you look back on them. I’ve played them both recently and they’ve not really aged well but back in their day… They were awesome, I thought Resident Evil was real cause of the pre-rendered back grounds. Though I didn’t play Res-Evil until a while after it came out, used to watch my Dad on it… Fond memories there.

        I do remember thinking to myself when playing Resident Evil 2 that graphics couldn’t get any better. Ha good times. Though, they have there short comings and even for the time their controls were bad.

    • CharlesCortes

      December 31, 2011 at 3:41 am

      @SamanthavanderTouw what I think truly is the problem with people at the moment is the fact that they are looking at today’s standards…..or rather…back then standards. I would agree with you, if you were just starting out FANTASTIC STARt, it would be fantastic! Im not ripping on you or anything like that all I’m saying is, for hte times the games were made out, and the promises Philips made just didnt cut out to be what most wanted or even thought…say for example there was this one system in the day around the CD-I I believe that was supposed to be this 3D gaming way more expensive then any system but in the least sucked much more then the cheaper SNES

    • CharlesCortes

      December 31, 2011 at 3:42 am

      @SamanthavanderTouw …even today the deal is still going around however Sonic is the bigger names of today. People expect more because of the times (which I don’t blame them one bit, selling a game for 50$ that literally takes somebody 30 min to beat in today’s world is more so like a rip off…) People expect this long epic adventure that will take you everywhere and anywhere with great climaxes, kinda like such in Adventure of Link for the SNES. Instead people got other things like Link and the Faces of Evil….not to be rude -.- but the game is almost near unplayable.

      • c64kicksass

        March 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

         @CharlesCortes erm. I got some Fairchild Channel F games with the price tag still on. Yeah, they’re as expensive as today. 50 bucks for 2k of game code  and 5 minutes until you get bored (>>IF<< the game was fun at all)

    • Vikezor

      March 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

       @SamanthavanderTouw >back then most games were bad
      >cheaper to buy this
      Yeah… sure.

  • Xenomorphjedi

    December 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    When Luigi says “spigetti” its in many Youtube poops.

  • YonderGrunt

    January 6, 2012 at 1:12 am


  • theevilidot

    February 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    If you plan on doing another console review in the future, I’d like to see a review of the Apple Pipp!n. What a load of shit that was.

  • boertjes87

    February 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I actually liked the Super Mario Show!! 😀

    • March 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

       Me too! Why does everyone hate it? I know it’s stupid, But it’s just some Mario fun

  • MrGamepark

    April 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I found a CD-I (The small one) With a Box and a game with all the wires at the thrift store for $10.10. I couldn’t pass that deal up.

  • werur

    June 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    i think yoshi island full name is SUPER MARIO WORLD 2 yoshi island…

  • Boomguy9000

    August 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    what about mario games. there isn’t that many bad mario games.

  • likalaruku

    September 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Tack on maintenance & replacement parks, & you might as well have the most expensive fire hazard prone hobby in the world.

  • Iron65

    November 20, 2012 at 4:33 am

    this was the second or the first avgn video i saw! really great And still one of the best!

  • David Whitton

    December 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Fuck the CD-i.

  • beavischrist

    January 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    An elementary school classmate of mine had a CD I and this game. It wasn’t a very good game, but I enjoyed it just because it had Mario and the graphics of the game itself were pretty colorful and decent. The music was awful though, and the CD I had a really shitty controller.

    Philips being a dutch company, the CD I was relatively popular in holland. It was the kind of console your uncle would buy, or which some friend would get on his birthday instead of a super nintendo. Most people i knew who owned this thing were pissed off about it though.

  • June 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m so glad the add-on for SNES was never finished and moved on with PS1 which is way better than CD-I, more like CD-Ass.

  • Slyjay

    June 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Was looking forward to hearing about the cd-i. Mario wasn’t too impressive.

  • June 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

    This is The First Assembly of The Holy Kirk, and the mission of my new nerdy religion is to seek comfort, wisdom, and maybe something about ourselves and our future by spreading the enlightening words of the 79 stories charting the adventures of the star ship Enterprise. All who wish to join my online discussions say “Live Long And Prosper” as a comment. This may be what Trekkies might need to be complete, and be enlightened on the deeper meanings that each episode contains.
    — Caleb Culbert

  • Rob Kuczera

    August 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    700 bucks for a bucket of turds wrapped in paper. Still a bucket of turds.

  • July 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I really hope some day someone sends James a Panasonic LaserActive. That is by far one of the most fascinating failures in video game console history. On top of being the most expensive system ever ($970 at launch in 1993; I am NOT kidding!), it also is one of the few home systems that actually got official add-ons to play games from other systems. Specifically, there were add-ons to play Sega Genesis and TG-16 games… that cost $600 each! Literally three times what the standalone systems cost new! Only about 10,000 units were ever sold, and less than 50 games were ever made for the damn thing. It’s a fine example of how the highest price definitely does not equal the highest quality.

  • twinbee

    July 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    The hotel proprietor in Basket Case looks just like Mario. Therefore I propose that Hotel Brolin is Hotel Mario, and when I play it I imagine I am playing a game of find the Belial.

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