The World Video Game Hall of Fame was formed last year in Rochester, New York and they are overseen by The Strong and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Last year, the Hall of Fame formally inducted classics like Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Pong, and World of Warcraft as the Class of 2015.
Today, the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced their finalists for the Class of 2016 and it includes Sonic the Hedgehog!
“These 15 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Whether it’s an iconic game like The Legend of Zelda, a pioneering educational title like The Oregon Trail, or an innovator like Elite, which forever changed the design and development of other games, they’re among the most influential games of all time.”
The full list of finalists can be see below:
Grand Theft Auto III
John Madden Football
The Legend of Zelda
The Oregon Trail
Pokemon Red and Green
Sid Meier’s Civilization
Sonic the Hedgehog
Street Fighter II
The final inductees will be announced at The Strong museum on May 5th at 10:30 a.m. Their official website currently has a poll where you can pick your favorite finalist from the Class of 2016.