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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4,837 1,279
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
3,088 1,362
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

3
2,630 1,559
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,471 1,349
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,133 1,947
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,570 1,407
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,086 1,655
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
1,999 1,204
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

9
1,681 1,739
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
1,694 1,416
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

11
1,501 1,322
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,674 1,245
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,433 1,148
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
1,276 983
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,149 1,206
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
1,211 1,256
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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17
1,425 1,247
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

18
1,155 1,056
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,263 804
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

20
1,021 1,559
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,209 1,144
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

22
1,023 1,103
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

23
1,094 838
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

24
1,132 1,047
God of War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

25
1,157 638
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

26
798 639
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

27
904 778
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

28
728 909
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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29
804 797
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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30
743 749
Portal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

31
1,208 377
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
885 793
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

33
752 909
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

34
705 995
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

35
814 734
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
767 718
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

37
540 561
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
618 827
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

39
601 684
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
632 739
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

41
769 620
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
539 734
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

43
564 752
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
559 666
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

45
370 733
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

46
591 673
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

47
548 408
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
599 434
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

49
550 716
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

50
545 626
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War