It is with great joy that I can announce that a game I enjoy, which went on to become a series I love, is officially going to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame! It isn’t alone for five others have joined it, but the Legend of Zelda truly is a Legend that will stand the test of time. At least our time.
Considering as how close the Legend of Zelda game last year, this really has been something that needed to happen and now it has for Zelda, GTA 3, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Space Invaders and of course Sonic The Hedgehog. All six games are certainly deserving of this honour and it is great to see them achieve it and of course it means with Super Mario Bros. having made it on last year, along with Tetris that two of the games that kicked off two of Nintendo’s most iconic series’ have both managed to achieve the very same thing in during their 30th year. Below you will find both a photo and information regarding Zelda 1, provided by The Strong National Museum of Play:
Inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s childhood expeditions through woods and caves, The Legend of Zelda (1986) popularized non-linear exploration games and paved the way for some of the industry’s most famous role-playing and action-adventure games. The United States release of The Legend of Zelda was also the first console game to include an internal battery for backing up saved data. It sold more than 6.5 million copies and became the fifth best-selling NES game of all time, behind only the first Super Mario Bros. games. Says The Strong’s Associate Curator Shannon Symonds, “The Legend of Zelda became one of the most iconic titles of the 1980s and a staple of popular culture with its sequels, spin-offs, comic books, and a television series.”
Looking over the games that did make it, each one is a worthy winner, deciding which six games to be inducted next year will certainly be harder because this lot have certainly raised the bar. No denying that.
Do you approve of the choices? If so, great and feel free to tell us why and if you don’t approve, why not? Who do you feel was more deserving?