‘Pokémon’ and ‘Donkey Kong’ Finally Join World Game Hall of Fame

Samantha Loveridge
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Four new games have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame over at The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Selected from a strong shortlist, Pokémon Red/Green (as they were originally released in Japan, sorry Pokémon Blue), the original Donkey KongHalo Combat Evolved and Street Fighter II have now been honoured with a place in the permanent exhibition at the museum.

The four beat off competition from the likes of Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and Microsoft’s Solitaire to win the placements. We’d argue that more of the nominated games deserve a spot, especially as the prize is awarded to games with icon-status, worldwide reach, proven long-term appeal and significant influence. If you can’t say that about Tomb Raider, what can you?

The 12 finalists for the 2017  World Video Game Hall of Fame looked like this:

  • Donkey Kong
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Microsoft Windows Solitaire
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Myst
  • Pokemon Red and Green
  • Portal
  • Resident Evil
  • Street Fighter II
  • Tomb Raider
  • Wii Sports

Regardless of our apparently unwanted opinion, Donkey Kong and the other four winners now join the exhibition alongside titles like The Legend of ZeldaThe SimsSonic the Hedgehog and The Oregon Trail.

“Without Donkey Kong there would be no Super Mario Bros., a member of the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame,” says Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “But Donkey Kong is also about much more than one character. Its overarching narrative of love and its vibrant graphics brought the game to life in a way that few other games could in the early 1980s. It captured the hearts of a generation.”

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The Strong Museum’s Video Game Hall of Fame was established back in 2015 and covers any games that can be played on console, PC, handheld device or smartphone – although we can’t see many mobile games making the list anytime soon with competition like this.

Anyone can nominate a game over at The Strong’s website, so you can petition for your favourite if you think it’s missing from their list. Inductees are eventually chosen by a panel of journalists, academics, and gaming experts.

The games currently part of The Strong Museum’s Game Hall of Fame are:

  • Donkey Kong
  • DOOM
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Pac-Man
  • Pokémon Red and Green
  • Pong
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders
  • Street Fighter II
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft
Samantha Loveridge
Sam is the UK Gaming Editor at Fandom. She's been addicted to games since she first got her paws on a GameBoy and hasn't looked back.
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