Re: I am reminded of the famous CD32 billboard..
Nonsense how, sorry?
I never said it wasn't a good unit and yes - it was popular. The whole 'couldn't make enough' speaks to that popularity but also poor practices.
You have pretty much said exactly what I have - "most of the games were shovelware". They were older titles that they ported and added some crappy FMV or similar triviality to show off a bit of what the CD32 could do that the other platforms couldn't.
It took a while before people really started to use the increase in space provided by the CD format to improve the games themselves, rather than just shoehorn in some video cutscenes.
That some titles were exclusives and excellent is great but very much the exception and not the rule.
The dispute you are talking about and the problem they had with pre-made consoles ready for a market that they couldn't enter is one of the big reasons the console contributed to the downfall of Amiga.
So what part of my post, exactly, is 'nonsense'.