World Video Game Hall of Fame
"Mortal Kombat," "Super Mario Kart," "Microsoft Solitaire" and "Colossal Cave Adventure" were announced as inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Strong National Museum of Play announced on May 2 that four video games will be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019.

According to Gizmodo, "Solitaire," a digital card game designed for Windows 3.0, will be honored alongside "Super Mario Kart" for the Super Nintendo, the original "Mortal Kombat," and "Colossal Cave Adventure," a text adventure from 1976.

Some games that didn't make the cut this year are "Dance Dance Revolution," "Call of Duty," "Ms. Pac-Man," "Metroid" and "Minecraft."

"Super Mario Kart" is the first entry in Nintendo’s racing series. The game most recently appeared on the SNES Classic Edition in 2018 and the most recent entry in the series, “Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” for Nintendo Switch, has sold 16.69 million copies worldwide, according to VG24/7.

The museum’s press release says that "Mortal Kombat" was notable in the '90s for its over-the-top violence, which spurred the formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board in 1994. The advisory group provides content ratings and warnings for nearly every game released in the United States, according to the ESRB website.

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According to their website, The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, is an interactive collector’s museum that preserves games from around the globe, including toys, sheet music, puzzles and video games. The World Video Game Hall of Fame is part of the museum and recognizes games across all platforms that have “exerted influence” on popular culture and society.

Some previous inductions include “Pong” and “Super Mario Bros.” in 2015, “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “The Sims” in 2016, and “Street Fighter II” and “Donkey Kong” in 2017.