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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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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2
+ - 4,743 1,216
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda

3
+ - 2,548 1,510
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
+ - 2,400 1,297
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
+ - 2,036 1,907
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
+ - 2,510 1,364
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
+ - 2,015 1,614
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
+ - 1,617 1,690
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
+ - 1,636 1,372
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
+ - 1,451 1,283
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

11
+ - 1,946 1,163
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

12
+ - 1,625 1,213
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
+ - 1,387 1,110
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
+ - 1,236 951
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
+ - 1,165 1,219
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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16
+ - 1,377 1,211
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

17
+ - 1,102 1,179
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

18
+ - 1,116 1,029
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
+ - 1,225 775
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

20
+ - 1,180 1,112
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

21
+ - 992 1,073
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

22
+ - 1,094 1,023
God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

23
+ - 978 1,520
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

24
+ - 1,111 619
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

25
+ - 1,055 817
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

26
+ - 880 754
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

27
+ - 701 885
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
+ - 774 770
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

29
+ - 751 620
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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30
+ - 860 769
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

31
+ - 711 724
Portal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
+ - 727 881
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft

33
+ - 1,165 355
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

34
+ - 785 713
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

35
+ - 675 969
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

36
+ - 735 699
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

37
+ - 584 669
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
+ - 611 719
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

39
+ - 510 716
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
+ - 594 807
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

41
+ - 741 605
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
+ - 544 728
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
+ - 355 716
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 513 544
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

45
+ - 569 656
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

46
+ - 534 650
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

47
+ - 575 417
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

48
+ - 528 698
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

49
+ - 522 389
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
+ - 535 624
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank