The world was introduced to the Animal Crossing series in the early 2000s. Animal Crossing, the first game in the series, released in 2001 for Nintendo 64 (as Animal Forest) and GameCube in Japan. The series has become increasingly popular since its inception, as seen with Nintendo’s recent financial report. The franchise may potentially celebrate another exciting event, as the original game might earn a place in the Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame.
For a game to make it into this respectable museum, it must have “enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general.” 2020 proved that the Animal Crossing series is a strong contender for such an honor, as it helped many people cope with the ongoing global pandemic. Without the original game, we would not have received the other games in the series, so it is well deserved!
Animal Crossing is not the only game that could be seeing a place in the Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. Twelve games have been listed as potential candidates for 2021:
- Animal Crossing
- Call of Duty
- Guitar Hero
- Mattel Football
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Pole Position
- Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
This is what the museum had to say about Animal Crossing‘s inclusion in this year’s nominees:
Nintendo’s Animal Crossing debuted in 2001 and found mass appeal with its open-ended social simulation and leisurely gameplay. Players took on the role of a human moving into a village filled with anthropomorphic animals. The game had no specific objective, giving players the freedom to complete activities and collect objects as they liked. The mellow gameplay proved a success with casual and advanced gamers alike, and it bred numerous sequels. The game’s latest installment for the Nintendo Switch proved a huge hit during the pandemic isolation of 2020, breaking the record for the most digital downloads of a console game in a single month (31 million worldwide).
The final inclusions will be revealed on May 6, 2021. Personally, I believe that Animal Crossing is one of the stronger contenders, especially considering the high sales in 2020 alone of the series’s most recent entry. The museum currently includes titles like Pokémon Red and Green, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Kart.
Do you hope Animal Crossing makes the cut for the hall of fame?