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Top 20 Games That Have to Be in the Video Game Hall of Fame

Video games are, for those who play for hours at a time and even partake in competitions that are worth quite a bit of money, not all that different than sports. Such tournaments can have significant

Video games are, for those who play for hours at a time and even partake in competitions that are worth quite a bit of money, not all that different than sports. Such tournaments can have significant physical, mental and psychological impacts on players that are not all that different from what athletes experience when they are out on the field, on the ice or on the court. Professional football, pro baseball, pro hockey and pro basketball all have their own Halls of Fame that celebrate achievements in those professions. It is only fitting that video games would have a similar institution.

Any long-time player of video games who knows the history of this genre of entertainment could not have any real complaints about the titles that were recently inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Pong changed the way that human players compete against each other. Pac-Man took a simple concept and turned it into a cultural icon. The idea of completing puzzles was flipped on its head by Tetris. Super Mario Bros. is perhaps the most famous video game ever made. All current violent video games owe gratitude to the makers of Doom. World of Warcraft was a role-playing game unlike any before it.

The next 20 or so titles that are worthy of being added to the World Video Game Hall of Fame will come down to matters of opinions among gamers. You may love some of the games that are featured in this list, you may hate others, and there may even be some that you either never played or have forgotten about due to age and time. Each of the titles that are listed contributed something meaningful to the overall genre of video games, to the point that they remain playable up to this day regardless of how “outdated” they may seen when compared to current-generation products.

20 NFL 2k5

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19 Contra

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18 Madden '99

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17 Tron

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16 Super Mario Kart

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The original Super Mario Kart was indeed innovative and way ahead of its time with its maps, weapons, tricks and multi-player mode. The point of any video game, regardless of the genre, is to entertain, and Mario Kart was and is, to this day, simply fun to play. This series has continued to age like a fine wine – Mario Kart 64 could one day deserve its own spot in the Hall of Fame – but praise must first be given to the original. According to IGN, Super Mario Kart remains the third-best selling game in the history of the Super Nintendo console.

15 GoldenEye 007

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14 NBA Jam

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13 Mortal Kombat

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12 Super Mario 64

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11 Space Invaders

Via io9.com

10 Halo

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9 Final Fantasy

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8 Duke Nukem

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7 Metroid Prime

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6 Tecmo Bowl

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5 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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4 FIFA Football 2004

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3 Donkey Kong

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2 Sonic the Hedgehog

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1 Super Mario Bros. 3

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Some may see this as redundant since Super Mario Bros. is already in the Hall of Fame. The fourth edition of the NES series, which is truly the third in the actual line of games if we are being honest about it (read up on Mario 2 if you don't know), took the original Mario concept and added brand new life to it. The maps and power-ups that are found in this version made the original Mario far outdated than anybody could have imagined at the time. Mario 3 is, to this day, widely viewed as one of the best and most entertaining video games ever made.

Sources: ign.com, gamespy.com

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