It can seem somewhat strange to think of video games as something that needs to be the subject of museums and halls of fame– not because they don’t deserve it, but because the art form still feels so fresh. However, The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, which our own Marc Deschamps got the chance to visit, thinks video games are ready to be honored in such a manner and has just recently announced its second round of nominees to be inducted in its Hall of Fame.
Not surprisingly, more than a few found fame on Nintendo consoles, including Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II. The other nominees might not have been best known for their connection to Nintendo, but most would spawn franchises that found their way to Nintendo consoles at one point or another, and those games include Elite, Grand Theft Auto III, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, The Oregon Trail, Sid Meier’s Civilization, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and Tomb Raider.
The winners from this already prestigious list will be announced on May 5 and join last year’s inductees (Doom, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft) in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Considering Nintendo’s contributions to this year’s nominees, I think at least a couple more Nintendo games joining the list is all but inevitable.