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In this March 16, 2017 photo provided by The Strong museum, the 12 finalists for induction this year into The Strong museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame are pictured at the museum in Rochester, New York. The finalists, from left, are: top row, "Microsoft Windows Solitaire," "Myst," "Mortal Kombat," "Donkey Kong,'' center, "Final Fantasy VII,'' "Street Fighter II," bottom row, ''Halo: Combat Evolved,'' "Resident Evil," "Portal," "Pokemon Red and Green," "Wii Sports" and "Tomb Raider." The 2017 class will be announced May 4. (Bethany Mosher/The Strong via AP

These 12 games were named finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame


The World Video Game Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class of finalists Tuesday, ranging from the arcade classic Donkey Kong to 2006's Wii Sports, which introduced millions of non-typical gamers to the Wii's motion controls. 

12 games made the cut: Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy VII, Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Pokémon Red and Green (known as Red and Blue in the U.S.), Portal, Resident Evil, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider and Wii Sports.

Donkey Kong (Original) Full Playthrough (JP Arcade Version)

Donkey Kong, originally released in 1981, was the world's first introduction to Mario. It sold 132,000 arcade cabinet units and helped solidify Shigeru Miyamoto as a legendary game designer.

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Final Fantasy VII is arguably the most beloved entry in Square Enix's long-running RPG series. The game was a huge selling point for the original PlayStation console. Its upcoming remake has been hotly anticipated for years.

Master Chief at HaloFest to celebrate the launch of ?Halo: The Master Chief Collection? on Xbox One at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

Halo: Combat Evolved, released in 2001, reinvented the first-person shooter genre with then-revolutionary ideas of regenerating health instead of health packs. Its thrilling story has engrossed fans for years.

**FILE**Screenshot des Computerprogramms 'Parallels Desktop' Mit dem Parallels Desktop 4.0 koennen Windows-Programme in ihrem eigenen Fenster auf einem Mac-Rechner genutzt werden. Hier sind Microsoft Excel, Solitaire und der Internet Explorer geoeffnet. Das "Dock" des Mac-Betriebssystem befindet sich hier am unteren Bildschirmrand, die Windows-Taskleiste ist oben platziert. (AP Photo/Screenshot Peter Zschunke) --Screenshot of the Computer program 'Parallels desktop. (AP Photo/)

Microsoft Windows Solitaire was an iconic fixture of any PC user in the past two decades, though its contributions to gaming as an art form may be lacking compared to the rest of the class.

Mortal Kombat (1992): Arcade Ladder Playthrough with Scorpion

Mortal Kombat, released in 1992, made violence in video games a national debate due to its brutal depictions of blood and dismemberment. 

Myst - Full Longplay

Myst was one of the pinnacles of the classic point-and-click adventure game genre. Its graphics were staggering for 1993, and the game went on to sell 6 million copies.

Dozens of Pokemon character Pikachu parade at Minatomirai shopping district during a special gathering event of Pikachu in Yokohama, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Pokémon Red and Green (known as Red and Blue stateside) was the world's first introduction to the now-ubiquitous franchise. The Pokémon games have sold more than 260 games since 2014. And that doesn't count Pokémon GO.

Portal - 'Still Alive'

Portal was originally an add-on to Valve Corporation's 2007 "Orange Box," a repackaging of its Half-Life and Team Fortress 2 games. But the four-hour game quickly developed a rabid following thanks to its innovative puzzles, witty storytelling and catchy soundtrack. 

Resident Evil 1 Original Intro

Resident Evil was the first of what would become one of Capcom's biggest series, despite now being mocked for "tank controls" that prevented players from walking and turning at the same time. Largely credited with creating the "survival horror" genre, the 1996 classic has also spawned a series of movies. 

Street Fighter - Justin vs Daigo

Street Fighter II, another legendary Capcom property, was released in 1991, changing the landscape of fighting games forever. The one-on-one formula lent itself to tournaments, and it's still an e-sports staple. 

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** ARCHIV ** Ein Screenshot zeigt eine Szene aus dem Computerspiel Legend. Die schoene Archaeologin Lara Croft ist wieder zurueck und denkt noch lange nicht daran, in Rente zu gehen. Dabei fuehrt sie schon seit 1996 als Hauptfigur im Computerspiel "Tomb Raider" mit bisher sechs Teilen ein aufreibendes Leben. Die Spieler haben auf "Legend" nicht gerade mit grosser Vorfreude gewartet, da der Vorgaenger "The Angel of Darkness" eine ziemliche Enttaeuschung war. Schon die ersten Szenen im Spiel machen aber deutlich, dass Tomb Raider zu alten Staerken und Qualitaeten zurueckgefunden hat. Das bei Eidos zum Preis von rund 50 Euro vertriebene Spiel laeuft mit Windows 2000/XP, einem Prozessor ab einem Gigahertz, 256 MByte Arbeitsspeicher und einer 3D-Grafikkarte. (AP Photo/Eidos) ** NUR ZUR REDAKTIONELLEN VERWENDUNG ** **zu unserem KORR. APD8851 ** --File screenshot shows scene of the Computer game 'Legend' with Lara Croft. (AP Photo/HO)

Tomb Raider, which also spawned a film series, drew widespread attention for its protagonist, Lara Croft, in an era where female game protagonists were rare. 

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Recreation therapist Elizabeth Penny works with patient Billy Perry as Perry begins to use Nintendo Wii Sports Boxing game as part of his therapy at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 21, 2008. Perry is using the Wii video game system for treatment following a stroke. Wii games require body movements similar to traditional therapy exercises, making patients so engrossed mentally they're almost oblivious to the rigor. (AP Photo/Jonathan Fredin)

Wii Sports may be the least likely contender on the list. The game was free with the Wii console in 2006, and it largely served to introduce new players, many not considered traditional "gamers," to motion controls. 

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