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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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
+ - 3,036 1,336
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

3
+ - 2,582 1,532
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
+ - 2,429 1,322
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
+ - 2,078 1,928
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
+ - 2,541 1,386
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
+ - 2,046 1,634
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
+ - 1,970 1,183
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

9
+ - 1,650 1,712
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
+ - 1,663 1,391
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

11
+ - 1,477 1,299
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
+ - 1,648 1,229
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
+ - 1,414 1,126
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
+ - 1,254 968
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
+ - 1,187 1,237
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 1,130 1,194
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
+ - 1,142 1,039
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

18
+ - 1,402 1,227
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

19
+ - 1,247 785
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

20
+ - 1,199 1,123
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

21
+ - 1,009 1,085
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

22
+ - 1,114 1,033
God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

23
+ - 1,132 628
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

24
+ - 999 1,534
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

25
+ - 1,078 825
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

26
+ - 894 765
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

27
+ - 715 899
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
+ - 788 783
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 776 628
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 1,182 367
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

31
+ - 874 781
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

32
+ - 727 734
Portal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

33
+ - 742 895
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft

34
+ - 802 725
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

35
+ - 691 983
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

36
+ - 754 710
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

37
+ - 595 678
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
+ - 620 732
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

39
+ - 526 727
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
+ - 609 817
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

41
+ - 756 615
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
+ - 558 741
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
+ - 366 725
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 527 553
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 580 665
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

46
+ - 545 660
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

47
+ - 587 426
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 535 399
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

49
+ - 543 705
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

50
+ - 544 634
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank