Nintendo classics nominated for the second annual Video Game Hall of Fame | Nintendo Wire

The Strong, an interactive Museum dedicated to history and exploration of play, announced fifteen finalists for the second annual Video Game Hall of Fame.

STRONG Nominees

Nintendo favorites such as Final Fantasy, Pokemon Red & Green, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda pack the list of classic games, alongside titles from other platforms like Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto III and Minecraft. You can take a look at the full list below:

Final Fantasy
Grand Theft Auto III
John Madden Football
The Legend of Zelda
The Oregon Trail
Pokémon Red and Green
Sid Meier’s Civilization
The Sims
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Invaders
Street Fighter II
Tomb Raider

Strong takes several factors into account when choosing a nominee including icon status, longevity, and influence.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, the game is widely recognized and remembered; longevity, the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time; geographical reach, the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. (A game may be inducted on the basis of the last criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.)

New inductees will be announced on May 5th. Which titles do you want to grace the halls of the Strong Museum? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Ryan Longstreet says:

    My Vote’s for Sonic 😀 Sonic belongs in that Hall of Fame

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  2. kksmith82 says:

    I feel like Legend of Zelda and Pokemon are no brainers. If either of those are missing I call foul.

    The rest is tricky, there are good arguments to be made for all of them (other than Elite and Nurburgring which I have never heard of). Based on the criteria, I’m inclined to say GTA 3, Madden, Street Fighter II and maybe Space Invaders and Final Fantasy are decent choices, perhaps in that order?

    I’m trying to look at their impact on gaming and I feel like GTA 3 was HUGE in defining what an open world game is, not to mention the cultural impact (some of which was decidedly hostile towards the game). Similarly, I feel like Madden kind of holds that spot when it comes to sports games, which probably deserve some kind of recognition here. And Street Fighter II was probably the first real, mainstream fighting game that spawned a really popular genre.

    Space Invaders probably makes sense as a “retro” arcade pick since it was influential in defining the space shooter genre. I am a little hesitant to include Final Fantasy here as I feel like FF4 or 7 is really the more appropriate choice. FF1 was not that popular and kind of riffed on other RPGs a lot. But Final Fantasy as a brand does deserve recognition.

    Honorable mentions to Oregon Trail, Sonic, Tomb Raider and Minecraft. As much as I’d like to include them o feel like they had less of an impact as the others I listed. Oregon Trail is beloved, but did it really influence anything? Maybe educational software design? Sonic is the same way, he basically iterated on what Mario did. That said, culturally his impact could be enough to push him over. Tomb Raider may have some claim over the 3D action platformed/block puzzle genre. And Minecraft I kind of feel is still too new, but certainly meets the cultural criteria.

    My two cents anyways. I’m confused as to why Civilization and the Sims are here but not SimCity. *shrug*

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