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List Rules Only video game franchises with at least 3 games in the series.

If someone asked you what the greatest video game franchise of all time was, how would you answer? If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, classic franchises like Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda might appeal to you more. However today's gamers have insanely good franchises to sink their teeth into as well, including Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Halo, Deus Ex, and so much more. This list takes your opinion into account, rather than sales, popularity, and reviews, so vote for your favorite game franchises no matter how mainstream or highly-rated they are. All genres are included here, whether it's a RPG, platformer, first person shooter or an adventure game.

You can add any franchise that's missing to this list of the greatest game series of all time, as long as there have been 3 or more games in the franchise so far. That means we're not including games like Minecraft, League of Legends, and DotA.  

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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda

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Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

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Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

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Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

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The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

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Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

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Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

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Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

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Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

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Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

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Kirby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

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God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

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Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

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Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

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Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

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Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Portal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft

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Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

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Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

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Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank