Created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri (founder of Game Freak), the Pokémon franchise has become one of the strongest and most influential video game series in the world. As of March 2017, more than 280 million Pokémon-branded games were sold throughout the world, three generations of gamers have spend countless hours trying to catch ’em all, even non-gamers know who Pikachu is. And it all started on the original GameBoy with Pokémon Red & Blue (1996). Two games that are about to be officially recognised as masterpieces in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The Pokémon official website announced that Pokémon Red & Green – known outside Japan as Pokémon Red & Blue – have been nominated by The Strong (National Museum of Play) as part of the 12 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. Inductees will be announced during a ceremony at The Strong museum on May 4th, you can vote until then to choose the game that deserves to be the final selection, right here.
At time of writing, Pokémon Red & Green gather 25.57% of votes, followed by Halo: Combat Evolved (15.51%) and Final Fantasy VII (13.82%).
The finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 have been announced, and Pokémon has made the list! The original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green games that kicked off over 20 years of Pokémon fun are under consideration to join some of the most memorable and influential video games in history. An international panel of video game journalists and scholars will choose which titles join such previous inductees as Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pac-Man. The final selections will be announced in May.