Video Game Hall of Fame Adds Pokemon Red and Green, Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong, and Halo 1

Whether you recognize it or not, the Video Game Hall of Fame has been regularly introducing games to its repertoire to acknowledge their legendary status. They make decisions for which games to consider base on their lifespan, geographic influence, their status, and more.

Now, the Video Game Hall of Fame has introduced new games to its roster, including:

  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
  • Pokémon Red and Green (1996)
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)

These games were chosen from a list of twelve nominations, with the finalists including the aforementioned titles and some others: Final Fantasy VII (1997), Microsoft Solitaire (1991), Mortal Kombat (1992), Myst (1993), Portal (2007), Resident Evil (1996), and Wii Sports (2006).

To be clear, if a game isn’t chosen one year, it can return for consideration the following year. In fact, the original Pokémon games were nominated three years in a row, with Street Fighter II and Tomb Raider getting a nomination for a second year.

Here’s the lineup for the past two years, with 2015 being the year the Video Game Hall of Fame was originally introduced (you can read more about that here).

Class of 2016

  • The Legend of Zelda (1986)
  • The Oregon Trail (1971)
  • The Sims (2000)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
  • Space Invaders (1978)

Class of 2015

  • Doom (1993)
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Pong (1972)
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • World of Warcraft (2004)

How do you guys feel about this year’s additions? Sound off in the comments below!

Brandon Orselli


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