The Strong Museum has announced the 2019 round of inductees into its World Video Game Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure.
They were selected by a panel of experts from a pool that also included Centipede, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, Myst, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilzation, Candy Crush Saga, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Those titles will have a chance to enter the Hall next year.
In a statement, the museum said this year’s four inductees have all «significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general.»
The World Video Game Hall of Fame opened at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York in 2015 with the aim of honoring the best, most influential games ever. To enter the Hall of Fame, a game must have «enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general.»
Microsoft released a celebratory video to mark Solitaire’s inclusion in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Microsoft Casual Games boss Paul Jansen said Solitaire getting inducted into the Hall of Fame is a «historic day» for what he said is one of the most-played games ever. Windows Solitaire launched in 1990 as a tool to teach users how to use a mouse.
Mortal Kombat series creator Ed Boon said on Twitter that NetherRealm is «very honored» for Mortal Kombat to be added to the Hall of Fame.
Some of the previous Hall of Fame inductees include classics like Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Red & Green, and World of Warcraft, among others. The inductees are on display permanently at The Strong Museum.