For the first time ever, Super Smash Bros. Melee has been nominated to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
Founded in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame is a department of the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. In past years, the hall has inducted classic titles such as DOOM, The Oregon Trail, and Halo: Combat Evolved. If Super Smash Bros. Melee is inducted this year, it will become the second fighting game to be honored at the Hall of Fame after Street Fighter II, which was inducted in 2017.
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The beloved platform fighter is up against some stiff competition for this year’s honors, though. Other nominees include fan-favorite titles such as Dance Dance Revolution, Myst, Candy Crush, and Civilization (a hold-over from the 2016 shortlist). But Melee has maintained widespread popularity since its release in 2001 and boasts a large fanbase of devotees who hardly care about any other game. If these fans mob the Player’s Choice Ballot, Melee could stand a pretty good chance. That said, the public won’t have too much influence on the outcome. The public ballot counts as only one member of the International Selection Advisory Committee that determines the year’s inductees.
Whether or not you think Super Smash Bros. Melee deserves to be part of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, you can make your voice heard via the public ballot. Voting runs until March 28, and you can vote once per day.