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Trivia: The Legend of Zelda CDi Games
  • Executive Meddling: This article suggests that Philips required CD-i games to contain FMVs in order to show off the capabilities of the system.
  • Fan Nickname
    • King's retainer - Fari
      • Also "The Spaniard", because of his looks.
    • The baker - George
    • As well as some less used ones, like Ushrom for the Wand of Gamelon shopkeep.
    • Gwonam is sometimes referred to as "Squadallah Guy".
    • The games themselves are collectively known as the "Unholy Triforce."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: No re-releases have been made of this game, not even on the Virtual Console. Of course, not that anyone cares, not to mention Nintendo considering this an Old Shame.
  • No Budget: According to some of the developers who had a hand in making the games, the games had an extremely tight budget of $600,000 per game, which lead to several things:
    • All animations were outsourced to a group of Russian animators because hiring animators from the United States would be too expensive (American animators were generally paid more compared to other animators during the early 1990s).
    • Voice actors were hired by people who were in union groups, or actors on the cheap.
    • The development team were only given one year to finish making the games.
  • Old Shame: Nintendo has made almost every effort to erase these games from the official Zelda history, aside from the occasional mocking in their old magazine, Nintendo Power. It's gotten to the point where the magazine's preview for Spirit Tracks claimed that that game was the first time you could play as Zelda. In fact, she's the player character in two of these.
    • This is understandable, from both Shigeru Miyamoto and also from a Japanese POV, it was not a good idea allowing a Western studio to mess with one of the Nintendo's core franchises without Nintendo's supervision. (especially in that time, taking into account all the mess regarding the SNES CD addon)
  • Recursive Adaptation: Link's obsession with getting a kiss from Zelda, and the portrayal of the King of Hyrule as a maniacal fat man and having the name "Harkinian", suggest that the developers had the cartoon in mind rather than the games.
    • On a side note, this is the first game where Ganon appears not as a blue boar monster, but as a dark-green-skinned warlock with green/red/brown cape. Hello, Ocarina of Time!
  • What Could Have Been: In one cutscene in Wand of Gamelon, Zelda is seen wearing the same outfit she wore in the Legend of Zelda cartoon. It's highly likely that, at one time, the game was meant to tie into the cartoon.

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