Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red and Green, Donkey Kong, and Street Fighter II have become the newest additions to the World Video Game Hall of Fame according to an announcement.
- Donkey Kong was released in 1981 and helped launch the career of Shigeru Miyamoto as the game went on to become Nintendo’s most profitable game to date.
- Trivia: The game was designed as a Popeye game, however license agreements fell through and as a result Nintendo was forced to create their own characters.
- Halo: Combat Evolved was a launch title for the original Xbox back in 2001 and started as an RTS for Mac until Microsoft picked it up and had Bungie turn it into an FPS. The game showed that FPS titles could indeed work on a console and helped lead the way for the genre to grow outside of the historically PC audience.
- Trivia: Much of the dialogue spoken by the Covenant Elites is in fact dialogue by the human Sergeant, reversed, with some pitch alterations.
- Pokémon Red and Green launched for the Game Boy back in 1996 as Pocket Monsters Akai (Red) and Midori (Green). We never saw the Green version in the West and instead got Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue two years later.
- Trivia: There is an early sketch for the first two Pokémon games, which shows three trainers: the main character with a Bulbasaur, his rival with a Charmander, and an unused female trainer with a Squirtle. She was most likely intended as a playable character, but it is also possible that depending on who you chose to play as, she would act as a friend to the player, much like Brendan and May from Ruby and Sapphire as well as Lucas and Dawn from Diamond and Pearl. However, possibly due to technical limitations of the original Game Boy, she was not implemented into the final version of Pokémon Red and Green. The Game Boy Advance remakes of the first two Pokémon games allow players to select their gender.
- Street Fighter II launched in 1991 and became an arcade hit. It went on to become one of the most recognized and popular fighters on the market.
- Trivia: One interesting quirk about the Commodore 64 version of the game is that the special moves printed in the manual for each character were just plain wrong.
The four were selected from 12 finalists that included Final Fantasy VII, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, and Wii Sports.
For more on the World Video Game Hall of Fame, check out their website.
Game trivia by Moby Games.