The National Museum of Play has announced this year’s inductees: Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure and Microsoft Windows Solitaire.
Solitaire was a nominee two years ago but didn’t make the cut at the time. Others that missed out were Half-Life, Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft and of course Ms. Pac-Man.
The museum said all four of the inductees “significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general.” The Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Kart series are still going strong all of these years later. Mortal Kombat 11 just arrived last week, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to do well in sales charts. And Solitaire is always a favorite.
These games join the likes of John Madden Football, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, Sonic the Hedgehog, Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Space Invaders, Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris and World of Warcraft. I don’t know about you, but I spent countless hours playing all of these classics back in the day. It’s nice to know that they are being honored the way that they deserve to be. True classics never die.