World Video Game Hall of Fame to announce class of 2017

The four new inductees are Halo: Combat Evolved, Street Fighter 2, Donkey Kong (the arcade original), and Pokemon Red/Green (the original Japanese versions, hence no Blue).

On Thursday, four new video games: Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II were inducted into the hall of fame. Previously the genre thrived on the personal computer. 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. The game sold millions of copies and is regarded as a classic nowadays.

- Video games are a huge part of contemporary culture. "So you go from the arcade games to consoles to handheld games like Pokemon".

Following its release in 1981, an estimated 132,000 Donkey Kong arcade game cabinets were sold around the world - introducing us to an Italian plumber called Mario.

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Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games, told CBC News that heated discussion often emerges among gamers each year after inductees are announced. But it's not game over for those titles just yet - there's always next year.

These four inductees will be joining the hall of fame from previous year. Meanwhile, Pokemon Red and Green started a near-Beatles level revolution for young kids in the '90s with its collectible draw and mobile gameplay on the Nintendo Gameboy. The game challenged players to collect 151 unique monsters. 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.

Nintendo's presence is felt in this year's lineup of inductees, to be sure, especially with Pokémon and Donkey Kong in the mix.

  • Megan Austin