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World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Include 'Donkey Kong,' 'Pokemon'

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame announced its 2017 inductees Thursday, bringing in longtime favorites from 12 finalists announced earlier, according to a statement from The Strong, National Museum of Play.

The video games "Donkey Kong," "Halo: Combat Evolved," "Pokémon Red and Green," and "Street Fighter II" all made their way into the third class of inductees into the Hall of Fame.

"The games of the third class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame generated gaming icons, redefined the first-person shooter game, started a monster-collecting craze, and forged the fighting game genre before taking their place in the esteemed hall," said a statement from the museum.

"The four inductees span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general," the statement continued.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015 and recognizes individual electronic games — arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile — that have been popular over a period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

The Hall of Fame celebration for the newest inductees will run through the weekend at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Games that were named finalists but were not inducted this year include: "Final Fantasy VII," "Microsoft Windows Solitaire," "Mortal Kombat," "Myst," "Portal," "Resident Evil," "Tomb Raider," and "Wii Sports."

"Donkey Kong" was released in 1981 and became Nintendo's most profitable game to that point, selling an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets, the museum noted. "Halo: Combat Evolved" was released by the Microsoft's Xbox system in 2001 as a science-fiction, first-person shooter game that sold more than 6 million copies and inspired numerous spin-offs, the museum statement continued.

"Pokemon Red and Green" was released on the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996 as "Pocket Monsters Aka (Red) and Midori (Green)." As of 2014, the Pokémon franchise has sold more than 260 million copies and 21.5 billion trading cards, which led to spinoffs, a television show and 17 movies, according to the museum.

"Street Fighter II" was released by Capcom in 1991 and sparked an arcade game renaissance in the 1990s, while leading to numerous sequels and an entire genre of one-on-one fighting games.

Bonnie Ross, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios, recognized Halo's entry in Twitter posts.

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