Update [Fri 5th May, 2023 00:25 BST]:
The 2023 inductees for The Strong Museum 'World Video Game Hall of Fame' have now been revealed and Wii Sports has officially been selected.
It was picked alongside Barbie Fashion Designer, Computer Space and PlayStation's hit, The Last of Us. Unfortunately, games like Rare's GoldenEye 007, Quake and Age of Empires missed out. You can see the other games that didn't make the cut in the original story.
Original article [Thu 16th Mar, 2023 05:30 GMT]:
It's that time of year again when The Strong Museum announces its 'World Video Game Hall of Fame' finalists and for 2023 there's been two Nintendo classics nominated.
First up is the 2006 Wii launch title Wii Sports - featuring five motion controller sports in one collection, and next, we've got Rare's licensed N64 shooter from 1997, GoldenEye 007. As amazing as both of these titles are, they're also up against some serious competition.
The other nominees include the following games: id Software's influential FPS Quake, Microsoft's legendary RTS Age of Empires, arguably the best CoD - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, EA's long-running FIFA series, the mobile sensation Angry Birds, 2K's highly popular NBA series, Naughty Dog's PlayStation success story The Last of Us, 1996 hit Barbie Fashion Designer, the 1981 fantasy role-playing pioneer Wizardry and the first commercial video game Computer Space - dating back to 1971.
You can vote once per day, and the three games that receive the most public votes will be submitted on one ballot to join the other "top-three submissions" from members of the National Selection Advisory Committee. The final inductees will be revealed on 4th May. Here's the criteria the final selections are based on:
"The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong recognizes electronic games of all types that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general."
The selected titles will existing inductees like Animal Crossing, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter II, Minecraft and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. You can see past inductees on The Strong National Museum of Play website.