Total Nerd The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time  

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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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4,844 1,282
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda

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2
3,094 1,365
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

3
2,636 1,564
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,476 1,353
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,140 1,949
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,577 1,409
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,092 1,659
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
2,002 1,208
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

9
1,684 1,743
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
1,696 1,422
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

11
1,506 1,324
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,677 1,248
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,438 1,149
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
1,280 985
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,151 1,210
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

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16
1,213 1,260
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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17
1,429 1,251
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

18
1,159 1,060
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,265 808
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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20
1,024 1,563
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,211 1,148
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

22
1,098 840
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

23
1,024 1,106
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

24
1,138 1,049
God of War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

25
1,158 642
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

26
802 641
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

27
906 780
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

28
730 913
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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29
808 799
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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30
747 751
Portal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

31
1,210 381
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
888 795
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

33
755 911
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

34
706 999
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

35
815 737
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
769 723
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

37
542 563
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
618 830
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

39
605 684
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
633 741
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

41
772 621
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
541 736
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

43
564 755
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

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44
560 668
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

45
372 735
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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46
591 676
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

47
549 411
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption

48
602 435
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

49
551 718
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

50
545 629
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War