Donkey Kong and Pokemon Red/Green join the World Video Game Hall of Fame
A few days ago, Pokémon Company’s announcement announced that Pokémon Red & Green (known outside Japan as Pokémon Red & Blue) had been nominated by The Strong as part of the 12 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame 2017. Well, the results are in and the title did receive the honours, along with another beloved Nintendo franchise, the original Donkey Kong (1981).
Pokémon’s first editions were granted a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame due to becoming a worldwide cultural phenomenon, starting a monster-collecting craze. As for Donkey Kong, the iconic arcade game helped to launch the career of Shigeru Miyamoto and a “little guy” called Jumpman, that we all know under the name Mario.
Two other games made it to the inductees for this 2017 Edition: Street Fighter II, Halo: Combat Evolved. Cheers to them as well!
“Pokémon Red and Green launched a franchise that has taken the world by storm, vaulting many of its characters, such as Pikachu, into popular, mainstream culture. Nearly two decades after its inception and with the introduction of Pokemon Go, ‘Poké-mania’ shows little sign of fading.” – Shannon Symonds, Associate Curator of The Strong
“Without Donkey Kong there would be no Super Mario Bros., a member of the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. But Donkey Kong is also about much more than one character. Its overarching narrative of love and its vibrant graphics brought the game to life in a way that few other games could in the early 1980s. It captured the hearts of a generation.” – Jon-Paul Dyson, Director of The Strong