8:58am PT by Patrick Shanley
'Mortal Kombat,' 'Super Mario Kart' Inducted Into Video Game Hall of Fame
The fifth class of inductees has been revealed by the World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The crop of honorees this year include otherworldly pugilists, kart-racing plumbers and dinosaurs, a classic card game and a quest into a deep dark cave.
1992's Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Kart, 1990's Microsoft Solitaire and 1976's text adventure game Colossal Cave Adventure make up this year's class entering the hall.
Both Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Kart are franchises that endure to this day, with new installments in both released recently (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 2017, Mortal Kombat 11 last month). In its lifetime, Super Mario Kart sold more than 8 million copies, while the series itself has topped 138 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the original Mortal Kombat shipped more than 3 million copies on consoles while the series has sold more than 35 million over the past two and a half decades.
Microsoft Solitaire has been included as part of the Windows product line since 1990, helping office workers procrastinate for nearly three decades.
Colossal Cave Adventure was first developed by computer programmer Will Crowther for the PDP-10 mainframe computer. It is credited as the first text adventure game that laid the groundwork for the action adventure genre of video games.
Founded in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame was established to honor games across multiple platforms — arcade, console, computer, handheld, mobile — that have made a lasting impression on the gaming community and pop culture. Final selections to the hall are made on the advice of journalists and scholars.
Past inductees include Nintendo's 1985 platformer Super Mario Bros., Blizzard Entertainment's 2004 MMORPG World of Warcraft, 1975's Pong, Square's 1997 RPG classic Final Fantasy VII and the 1984 Russian puzzle game Tetris, among others.
Anyone can nominate a game using the nomination form on the hall's website.