The 2017 edition of the video game award contenders cuts across the years and digital stages from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that introduced Mario's plumbing career in the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports", that made gamers out of grandparents.

It was revealed that the world video game hall of fame at the Strong Museum in Rochester said on Tuesday that 12 video games are under scrutiny for induction in May. Nevertheless, the 2017 class includes; Final Fantasy VII, Halo, Combat Evolved, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Resident Evil, Street Fighter II and Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Pokemon Red, and Green, Portal.

It was reported by the world video game hall of fame that the 2017 finalists were chosen from thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries and that the final selections will be made based on the advice of scholars, journalists, and other individuals conversant with the history of video games and their role in society.

However, Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the Strong's international center for the history of electronic games stated "what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture. The hall of fame recognizes electronic games that have achieved iconic status and geographical reach, and that has influenced game design or popular culture."

According to CBS news, the 2017 world video game hall of fame class will be the third group to go into the young hall, alongside Doom, Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Tetris, World of Warcraft, and Super Mario Bros.

Meanwhile, here is the list of nominees for this year's world video game hall of fame finalists according to the Strong; Portal (2007), Resident Evil (1996), Street Fighter II (1991), Tomb Raider (1996), Wii Sports (2006), Donkey Kong (1981), Final Fantasy VII (1997), Halo: Combat Evolved (2001), Microsoft Windows Solitaire (1991), Mortal Kombat (1992), Myst (1993), Pokemon Red and Green (1996).