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“Animal Crossing” is Inducted Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

“Animal Crossing” is Inducted Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Along with three other nominees, the original Animal Crossing video game has made it into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This is big news for producers of the game series as well as for the Animal Crossing gamers community.

The Strong National Museum of Play has inducted four new titles into its World Video Game Hall of Fame. The four titles beat the likes of Call of Duty, FarmVille, FIFA International Soccer, Guitar Hero, Mattel Football, Pole Position, Portal, and Tron to join other illustrious previous inductees in the Hall of Fame.


The four titles inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, by order of release, are 1982’s Microsoft Flight Simulator, 1985’s Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, 1998’s StarCraft, and 2001’s Animal Crossing. Getting into the World Video Game Hall of Fame is no mean feat as there are a lot of things that go into the choosing process.

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Hosted by The Strong National Museum of Play, the World Video Game Hall of Fame aims to select a few of the industry’s most notable games each year for induction into a prestigious collection. The games are selected by video game journalists, scholars, and a Player’s Choice ballot.


StarCraft is the second Blizzard game to join the Hall of Fame. World of WarCraft was in the first selection of games inducted by the Museum in 2015. Research Historian, Racquel Gonzales, from the Museum of Play had this to say about Animal Crossing’s induction this year:

It must be noted that the original Animal Crossing game is very different from the current Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It is a unique, amazing game and if you haven’t played it, you should certainly try to get your hands on it.
It has been reported that all three versions of the original Animal Crossing will be included in the Museum as artifacts — the very first Nintendo 64 game in Japanese, the initial GameCube port in Japanese, and the updated GameCube port for English audiences. The enhanced e+ version later is not included.
Past Hall of Fame inductees include classics like PongTetrisMortal Kombat, and Super Mario Kart.

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