World Video Game Hall of Fame Adds Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and More

World Video Game Hall of Fame Adds Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and More

The 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame announced the four new inductees: Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart.

The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the four new inductees to their World Video Game Hall of Fame. 2019’s additions are Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Kart. These four join the 20 games the museum has inducted since starting the Hall in 2015.

Colossal Cave Adventure is a text adventure game from 1976. It was the predecessor for games like Zork and Mystery House, which would go down as key innovators for early adventure games. Without CCA, we might not have all those classic Sierra games.

Microsoft Solitaire might be the most played game of this year’s inductees given that it was included on most copies of Windows since the game was developed. One of the first truly great casual games that can be enjoyed by nearly everyone.

Mortal Kombat made the arcades super toasty in the 90s, while also grabbing the attention of every mom in America with its gore-filled spectacle. MK has stayed a popular franchise since and developer NetherRealm just released the 11th edition.

Super Mario Kart marks the third time Mario has made it into the Hall. He was in the inaugural class via Super Mario Bros. and was also in the 2017 class via his role in Donkey Kong. Mario Kart marks one of the first times Mario ventured outside of his platformer roots, making it an important step in Mario’s storied journey.

This class joins a star-studded lineup of games that very much deserve inclusion. It’s great to see games like CCA and Solitaire added. They both represent something very different from most of the games already in the Hall. Hopefully, as the Hall of Fame continues to expand, we continue to get more games in like those two.