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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  • Just Some Guy

    Never cared for Halo, but it’s nice to see it make the list. It definitely had a lot of impact in the community. So much so that companies were striving to create “Halo killers.”

  • Wannabe_Baby

    I think most of the other nominations should’ve gone in over Halo but I’m sure they will eventually.

  • RichardGristle

    Halo never really did anything new or revolutionary, but the others are good selections. I would like to have seen something like Castlevania, Mega Man, or Dune II/Command & Conquer.

  • Zanard Bell

    It’s disappointing that Halo, the FPS that dumbed down the entire genre made it first before Quake 3 or Half-Life.

  • RichardGristle

    Yeah, if we’re talking single-player and level design then Half-Life is superior in every way to Halo. Halo’s level design is actually quite atrocious.

    If it’s about multiplayer, then Quake III and UT are far superior. Even Goldeneye really could be considered the better/earlier bro culture multiplayer shooter before Halo.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “Final Fantasy VII”
    Their choices for a “Gaming Hall of Fame” are terrible but that one losing is too hilarious.

  • I am not going to say that Half-Life (or the much better version of Half-Life 2) should have gone in first, but– in defense of Halo:

    It was the first game that kind of figured out the entire FPS on the console format. For simply doing that it deserves its place somewhere.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “It was the first game that kind of figured out the entire FPS on the console format”
    That’s what Goldeneye did. Halo was the first (maybe, maybe not; I don’t know) to make online competition a thing on consoles and that’s likely just copied from the PC FPS games.

  • Nagato

    Microsoft definitely deserves credit for creating the Halo killer generally known as 343 Industries.

  • におに

    Pressing F for Microsoft Solitaire.

  • Pilebunker

    I wonder if they’ll ever put anything that came out in the last decade. I would imagine LoL being put up their due to having so much influence on the industry, ruining friendships, and having a bunch clones made of it. I don’t like it but I don’t doubt it’s influence was massive. Speaking of which they should add Starcraft 2.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    I really love Halo; almost bought a Xbox One instead of a PS4 because that but, c’mon, this game didn’t do anything new, also i think that there are better FPS that should take its place

  • Street Fighter II should’ve been there from the beginning, but I’m very happy to see it in the Hall of Fame. I would think Mortal Kombat should be there for almost singlehandedly creating the ESRB, and Resident Evil for defining survival-horror.

  • TsukuyomiMagi99

    Halo? What about GoldenEye 64 that showed that FPS could compete on console?

    How about Metal Gear Solid 1 or the original 87 Metal Gear that popularized the genre? I mean the first two Solid games were featured in the Smithsonian for fucks sakes.

    Chrono Trigger? Castlevania? Devil May Cry? Games that were innovators in their own right or were timeless classics.

    Give me a break.

  • SiliconNooB

    How were these games not inducted before now??? Especially SFII!!