Halo, Donkey Kong, and more inducted into Hall of Fame

The most recent additions count "Pokémon Red and Green", "Street Fighter II", "Donkey Kong", and "Halo: Combat Evolved". Part of the honor is a permanent spot at the The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Games that were named finalists but were not inducted this year include: "Final Fantasy VII", "Microsoft Windows Solitaire", "Mortal Kombat", "Myst", "Portal", "Resident Evil", "Tomb Raider", and "Wii Sports". A coterie of journalists and scholars familiar with video game selected the final inductees, judging the titles based on their icon status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence. According to The Strong, Halo proved that first-person shooters aren't exclusive to PCs; they can work just as well on a gamepad controller.

So much so, in fact, that there is a hall of fame specifically for them.

As a launch title for the original Xbox back on November 15, 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved went to become a system seller and achieved 6 million sales.

Donkey Kong - Released in 1981, Donkey Kong helped to launch the career of legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and became Nintendo's most profitable game to that point, selling an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets.

"Video games play an increasingly important role in play as we now have a generation of children who grew up playing video games having a tremendous impact on our culture", said Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games. It's often overlooked that video gaming culture's most iconic character, Mario, first appeared in Donkey Kong, then known simply as "jumpman".

To finish out Nintendo's achievements, Pokemon Red & Green were both released in 1996 as "Pocket Monsters" in Japan.

Capcom's Street Fighter 2 is credited with helping to spark an arcade renaissance in the 1990s, The Strong said. In the time since then, Pokemon has grown to become one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, with Pikachu being almost as recognizable as Mario these days.

  • Tracy Klein