Please rotate your screen to portrait for optimal viewing experience

'Pokémon,' 'Halo' and more get inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fameby Marc Urbino
eSports

WATCH | The World Video Game Hall of Fame just inducted its newest class of titles to join the ranks of the most influential games of all time.

Donkey Kong (1981)

This arcade game was marked a breaking point for Nintendo. The platformer started the legendary career of Shigeru Miyamoto and introduced Mario to the world.

Street Fighter II (1991)

The Street Fighter series is perhaps the most well-known chain of fighting games to date. This game sparked a movement and popularized the genre.

Pokémon Red and Green (1996)

The most popular role-playing game of all time was inspired by creator Satoshi Tajari's love of bugs. It has expanded to over 700 creatures spread among multiple generations. 

Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Halo revamped the first-person shooter genre and became the flagship series of the newly-introduced Xbox.

These titles all still have major influence to this day.

WATCH | Three out of the four titles even have a strong competitive scene. As time goes on, the influence of gaming on popular culture will only grow.