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The CD-i was a game console developed by Royal Philips Electronics in 1991. The CD-i was originally intended to be a glorified CD player, but due to the nature of its hardware, it became practical as a video game platform. The CD-i started with simple games such as boardgames. The CD-i also got games based on TV gameshows, as well as various games featuring Nintendo characters. Philips felt the CD-i should be able to go up against the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, although it never gained much support from consumers. The system was pulled from the shelves in 1998. On the technical side, it has a Philips 68k processor a MCD 212 display card that supports resolutions up to 768x560. It as a MCD 221 audio controller which can handle up to 8 channels of 16-bit stereo sound, and 1MB of ram.