Four New Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!

Looking at cocktail table arcade games for sale? Why not purchase a cabinet that can play at least two of the four latest games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame?

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York founded the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2015 in order to recognize specific games that have been popular throughout the years and have contributed to the gaming industry’s development. Which games were picked for this year’s class?

These Four Games Shaped Gaming and Culture

The Strong National Museum of Play appointed a panel of experts to assess thousands of votes cast around the world, and decide which four games would belong to the 2017 class. Out of 12 reputable finalists, the following titles were chosen:

1. Donkey Kong

“Donkey Kong” immediately skyrocketed in popularity from the moment of its release in 1981, quickly becoming Nintendo’s best-selling game at that point in time. It was the introduction of Mario to the world and it stood out as a vibrant, fun, lively game that captivated, and still captivates, fans all over the world.

2. Halo: Combat Evolved

“Halo: Combat Evolved” offered first-person shooter action with an engaging storyline and allowed gamers to enjoy the action at the same time. It sparked almost a cult-like following, with countless novels, sequels, spin-offs and memorabilia created based on the game.

3. Pokémon Red and Green

You thought the latest “Pokémon Go” craze was wild? It started when “Pokémon Red” and “Green” were released on the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996 and players had to catch all of the evolving creatures. It turned into a worldwide phenomenon, with 2.1 billion trading cards, at least 800 television episodes and 17 movies based on the franchise.

4. Street Fighter II

Why has it taken this long to induct “Street Fighter II?” Arguably one of the most important arcade games, it drew hordes of gamers back to arcades in the 90s after its release. It’s one of the most popular and top-selling arcade games ever.

Which Game Will You Nominate Next Year?

Will some of this year’s finalists make it into next year’s class? Titles like “Myst,” “Portal” and “Mortal Kombat” definitely deserve a second look. Who will you nominate for the class of 2018?