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Wii Sports Is Up Against The Last Of Us For The Video Game Hall Of Fame




Did you know there is the World Video Game Hall of Fame? Nominees are named every year for contention to be inducted into the prestigious list. Run by one of the largest history museums in the United States, the New York state-based The Strong, recent inductees include the likes of Ocarina of Time, Ms. Pac-Man, and Dance Dance Revolution.

The names in the running for 2023, as you might expect, include some heavyweights (via Nintendolife). The finalists include the sweat-inducing, family-fun-in-front-of-the-couch classic Wii Sports. The 2006 Game was a launch title for the super popular Wii console, and featured five Sports made to take advantage of that machine's motion controllers. Next up in the running is another Nintendo classic.

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That would be the Rare-developed, and licensed 1997 N64 first-person shooter, GoldenEye 007. Forever etched into many gamers' memories for a multiplayer blast into the small hours, the game has become well known for its inventive level design and well-crafted NPCs. But the two have major competition.

Pointing a gun at OddJob in GoldenEye 007

They compete against Microsoft's real-time strategy title Age of Empires; id Software's influential shooter Quake; another highly influential shooter in the form of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; EA's FIFA series (which is now no longer known as FIFA); the pioneering mobile smash hit Angry Birds; 2K's popular NBA series; the first commercial video game, dating to 1971, Computer Space; pioneering fantasy RPG Wizardry; and the critical darling, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us.

Oh, and there's also 1996's Barbie Fashion Designer. Released on PC and Mac, and developed by Digital Domain, the dress-up game made its name as the first commercially successful video game title made for girls, sparking the girls' games movement. It was the United States' ninth best-selling PC game for that year, generating more than $14 million in sales revenue, a hefty sum for that era.

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For those wondering about the criteria for the selection, read on: "The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong [museum] recognises electronic Games of all types that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video Game industry or on popular culture and society in general".

Those interested are invited to vote on which game they think should join the likes of Pong, Super Mario Bros, and Minecraft in the hall of fame. You have until March 22 to cast your ballot, and the three games that receive the most public votes will progress on. You can cast your vote on their website here.

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