The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

What do you want to know

  • The Legend of Zelda series is an action-adventure game franchise that began on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • The fourth entry in the series, Ocarina of Time, brought the series to 3D for the first time.
  • Ocarina of Time was added to the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s list of greats this year, after a lengthy nomination process.

Ocarina of time has been hailed among Zelda games as one of the best since its release in 1998. Now it can wear that badge with pride. The National Museum of Play is home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, where the best of the best get their due.

An ongoing project since 2015, the Hall of Fame is currently home to 36 games, from Tetris to Super Mario Bros. via The Sims. While anyone can name a game, final selections are made “on the advice of journalists, academics, and others familiar with the history of video games and their role in society.” Games are chosen based on four main criteria: icon status, longevity, geographic reach and influence.

This year, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was inducted alongside iconic Sid Meier’s Civilization, Ms. Pacman and Dance Dance Revolution. Anyone who has been a fan of games over the years knows how influential these titles are, having had a direct impact on many games in their respective genres.

If you’re looking forward to playing Ocarina of Time but don’t have a Nintendo 64 handy, you can still play it on your Nintendo Switch through their Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, which includes tons of games Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis titles and DLC packs for various popular Nintendo games.