I wasn’t old enough or well off enough to buy a CD-i but I remember the infomercial and thinking ‘cool’ until I saw images of the Zelda cut scenes in motion. I remember seeing Hotel Mario looking like a SNES game, plus the Zelda games video with computer game looking graphics which I knew the SNES could not do and some of the FMV of some of the other titles. But for obvious reasons they never showed the animated Zelda cut scenes. Glad was not able to invest in that.
I do regret not picking up the Virtual Boy since there is no other way to play that one Wario Land game. Also the Saturn when it was dead cheap and Panzer Dragoon Saga wasn’t insanely priced.