Recently, Pokemon Red and Green as well as Donkey Kong have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Street Fighter II and Halo: Combat Evolved were honored as well with places in the permanent exhibition at The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, according to reports of BBC.

Microsoft’s Solitaire fails to make into the final list

Gaming titles like Resident Evil, Microsoft’s Solitaire and Tomb Raider were also nominated for the hall of fame but the mentioned games failed to make into the final selection list. The games already honored with the hall of fame include The Sims, Pong, Doom, World of Warcraft and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The hall of fame covers games that are played in an arcade, in a handheld device, on a console, on a mobile phone or computer. The museum was established in 2005. The gaming titles are chosen based on their popularity among audience, their ratings, their longevity and their influence on society, gaming, and popular culture. Any gamer can nominate for a game, however, the main selection is not done by gamers instead it is done on the advice of a panel of gaming experts, journalists, and academics.

The winners of this year were chosen from a list of around 12 gaming titles that included popular games like Wii Sports and Final Fantasy VII. Over 132,000 Donkey Kong arcade game cabinets were sold worldwide after its release in 1981. It introduced use to the popular Italian plumber named Mario. Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) says that there would be no Super Mario Bros without Donkey Kong.

In 1996, the original Pokémon game was released for the Nintendo Game Boy and was nominated last year but it was unable to make into the final selection list in 2016.

Pokémon finally gets what it deserved since years

However, the Pokémon franchise has been receiving a lot of popularity in the past few years and it gained a new generation of fans with the release of augmented reality-based game ‘Pokémon Go’. Shannon Symonds, The Strong’s associate curator, said “Two decades after its inception and with the introduction of Pokemon Go, ‘Poke-mania’ shows little sign of fading.”

Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of ICHIEG, says the Street Fighter II of Capcom let players battle human opponents, generating fierce tournament play and attracting spectators almost instantly. He added that the “communal style of game play reinvigorated the arcade industry in the 1990s. As for Halo: Combat Evolved, more than half of the Xbox consoles – released in 2001 by Microsoft – were sold with this game.  The World Video Games Hall of Fame has 16 permanent exhibits now with the addition of four winners.