Smithsonian announces submissions to its Art of Video Games exhibit

Thursday, 5th May 2011 20:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the selections which will be shown during its Art of Video Games exhibit.

The submissions were voted for online, and unsurprisingly, winners include offerings from The Legend of Zelda series, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock, Uncharted, and Shadow of the Colossus.

Five games will also be playable at the exhibition which runs March 16 through September 30, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC.

The list of included games is below, courtesy of Shack, or you can look them over through a colorful PDF link.

Era 1: Start!

Atari VCS

  • Pac-Man
  • Pitfall
  • Space Invaders
  • Combat


  • Donkey Kong
  • Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  • Zaxxon
  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Tron: Maze-Atron
  • Advanced Dungons and Dragons
  • Star Strike
  • Utopia

Era 2: 8-Bit

    Commodore 64

    • Jumpman
    • The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate
    • Attack of the Mutant Camels
    • Sid Meier’s Pirates!

    Nintendo Entertainment System

    • Super Mario Brothers
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • 1943: The Battle of Midway
    • Desert Commander

    Sega Master System

    • Marble Madness
    • Phantasy Star
    • After Burner
    • Spy vs Spy

    Era 3: Bitwars!

    Sega Genesis

    • Earthworm Jim
    • Phantasy Star IV
    • Gunstar Heroes
    • Dune II: Battle for Arrakis

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    • Super Mario World
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    • Star Fox
    • SimCity

    Era 4: Transition


    • Doom II
    • Fallout
    • Diablo II
    • StarCraft

    Nintendo 64

    • Super Mario 64
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    • Goldeneye 007
    • Worms Armageddon

    Sega Dreamcast

    • Sonic Adventure
    • Shenmue
    • Rez
    • Chu Chu Rocket!

    Sega Saturn

    • Tomb Raider
    • Panzer Dragoon Saga
    • Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
    • Sim City 2000

    Sony PlayStation

    • Metal Gear Solid
    • Final Fantasy VII
    • Einhander
    • Final Fantasy Tactics

    Era 5: Next Generation

    Microsoft Xbox

    • Halo 2
    • Fable 2
    • Panzer Dragoon Orta
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

    Microsoft Xbox 360

    • BioShock
    • Mass Effect 2
    • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
    • Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

    Modern Windows

    • Portal
    • Fallout 3
    • flOw
    • Minecraft

    Nintendo GameCube

    • Metroid Prime 2: Echos
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    • Star Fox: Assault
    • Pikmin 2

    Nintendo Wii

    • Super Mario Galaxy 2
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    • Boom Blox
    • Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

    Sony PlayStation 2

    • Shadow of the Colossus
    • Okami
    • Gradius V
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    Sony PlayStation 3

    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    • Heavy Rain
    • Flower
    • Brutal Legend

    Additional Games (available for short play in exhibit, not included in vote)

    • Pac-Man (Arcade)
    • Super Mario Brothers
    • The Secret of Monkey Island
    • Myst
    • World of Warcraft



    1. TheWulf

      Not a bad showing, there. Though there are a few WTF elements – such as why Shenmue is there vs Ecco. Shenmue was a good game, but it’s about as artistic as a bloke mowing his lawn.

      #1 4 years ago
    2. Schabrak

      As good as the Mario games are, there are plentiful of other games that they could have chosen instead of using/wasting 1/4 of every Nintendo system on the franchise. Oh well Sunshine isn’t on the list, what irony that it is the game that let’s the player put color into the game.

      Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II on 360… this got to be a joke. I loved it, but in no way connecting it to video games as art, excluding the great adaption of a strategy game for consoles.

      Fable 2 for X-Box? Let’s hope that’s just a little error of the editor.

      Three of Four PSX games are from Square Enix… Einhänder undoubtful great and FFVII for the fanboys instead of IX-_-.

      @TheWolf: Shemue was a beautiful designed game for it’s time, how can you deny it? Even if I was plotwise a bit better, there were elements in II more artistic.
      Won’t you reply in the ““Anonymous” file found on server, Sony tells Congress” news anymore?

      #2 4 years ago
    3. alterecho

      No God of War?

      Or Gears of War?

      #3 4 years ago

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