If I told you that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was up for a spot in the Video Game Hall of Fame, your first reaction would probably be “wait, it isn’t already in there?” Well, the Strong National Museum of Play, which has run the Video Game Hall of Fame since 2015, has given it that recognition. Ocarina of Time has been inducted into the hallowed halls of the Video Game Hall of Game this year.
It joins fellow 2022 inductees Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, and Civilization. These titles beat out other games like Resident Evil and PaRappa the Rapper to enter the hall this year.
Considering the game’s legacy and influence over the years, its induction is undoubtedly deserved. And with the game reaching a new audience thanks to its release on Nintendo Switch Online, it’s the perfect time to revisit this classic.
Ocarina entering the Hall of Fame? It’s about time
Ocarina of Time is the fifth title in the Legend of Zelda franchise and the first in 3D. As you definitely already know, it garnered both critical and fan acclaim, sold extremely well, and more-or-less codified the 3D action-adventure genre for years to come. The game now joins the like of other influential titles like DOOM, Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy VII, and the original Legend of Zelda in the Strong Museum’s Video Game Hall of Fame.
The Strong Museum had the following to say about the game:
Released in 1998 for Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the first of the series to feature 3D graphics. Led by Shigeru Miyamoto, Ocarina of Time set a new standard for games with its freedom of movement in a three-dimensional world that felt expansive and vast, laying the foundation not just for the action games that would follow it, but for the gaming industry as a whole.The Strong Museum
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Via Nintendo Life.