A couple of months ago, we reported that one of the most influential video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, was up for a spot in The Strong Museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame. Quite rightly, many people couldn't understand why it wasn't already in there! Luckily, we don't need to worry about that anymore!
Today, The Strong Museum has announced that the seminal 1998 Nintendo 64 game has been inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man, the hugely addictive and competitive Dance Dance Revolution, and the influential turn-based strategy game Civilization. That's a pretty varied selection that covers a whole range of different genres!
These four games beat out the likes of Assassin's Creed, Resident Evil, PaRappa the Rapper, and a handful of other popular titles. Many of these will likely get another shot at a spot next year, however. Both the first Pac-Man and the original The Legend of Zelda are already in the hall of fame, having earned their spots in 2015 and 2016, respectively, but these later entries in the series are equally as revolutionary.
Ms. Pac-Man introduces four multi-coloured mazes and a degree of randomness to gameplay that made it much more challenging. the character has also been the victim of multiple lawsuits and copyright issues over the years, so it's fantastic to see the game get some recognition.
Ocarina of Time marked the Hero of Time's 3D debut, and it completely shaped the future of 3D action games. The world was huge, lock-on was a boon, and the degree of freedom was outstanding. It's one of the highest-rated video games of all time, and for good reason.
Congratulations to all of this year's inductees! We think that these four games make an excellent addition to the Video Game Hall of Fame. Which other Nintendo games or franchises do you want to see earn a spot? Let us know!