The CD-I is one of a very small selection of consoles that i never bought day 1 and for very good reasons.
It was a crap machine from the minute it was launched, much like the 3DO it was the completely wrong thing for the then current market. Unlike the 3DO it did everything poorly especially games, the 3DO at least had some trully awesome games from capcom and especially EA, the fact the 3DO never took off was a combination of a lull in the games market of that era based on the fact that the initial sales surge from the snes and megadrive era had long since gone and many people who got into games had just given up because it had taken too long for the 32 bit era to arrive and when it did it was so damn expensive, terrible advertising didnt help and the very high price of the technology put most people off.
The CD-I was just poor, it looked like the designers didnt even bother, the controller was filth on the first models, was totally over the top price wise and unless you wanted to watch Star Trek V on video disc there was nothing to do on it, as the badly written article (if you can call it that) points out the zelda and mario games turned out to be trash and apart from maybe 7th guest and burn cycle the years post launch never bore fruit games wise.
I have owned one of these dirty consoles since launch however, got it second hand from ebay a few years back but even that didnt last long, nothing about it made me want to collect for it or keep the stuff i had, it has almost zero legacy in the world of videogames and if it never happened nothing substantial would have been altered to videogame history.
Also the cd-i was released way way way before the playstation was ever announced so it was never harmed by that or the sega saturn etc etc, its competitors were the first pentium pc's and as i mentioned the vastly superior 3DO which to me is the only console even worth mentioning from the 92-94 time, that was a terrible era for games consoles, the awfull sega add-on the 32X, the Atari jaguar (with its even worse cd add on drive), the Amiga CD-32, the CD-I, hell even to a lesser extent the mega cd (although i have a real soft spot for that console).
The problem was that the industry moneymen thought that the future of gaming was interactive video based software ie FMV, it so wasnt and almost every company based their new tech around wowing people with graphics rather than gameplay.
Thank god the Sega Saturn, the Playstation and the Nintendo 64 came along within a 2 year period after otherwise the industry would have died. The Playstation especially showed how you could use FMV all over the place in a game as nothing more than cut scenes and allow the gameplay to be determined by conventional graphics engines to allow the player to do more than just press a button every so often, stuff like colony wars had Digital video all over it but when you came to playing the game itself is was a space shooter like wing commander...... Awesome!!!