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
+ - 4,757 1,224
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
+ - 2,560 1,516
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
+ - 2,407 1,304
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
+ - 2,048 1,911
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
+ - 2,517 1,367
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
+ - 2,024 1,617
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
+ - 1,620 1,699
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
+ - 1,640 1,377
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
+ - 1,456 1,285
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

11
+ - 1,950 1,165
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

12
+ - 1,631 1,218
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
+ - 1,392 1,115
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
+ - 1,239 955
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
+ - 1,168 1,224
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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16
+ - 1,385 1,212
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

17
+ - 1,107 1,183
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

18
+ - 1,121 1,030
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
+ - 1,228 777
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

20
+ - 1,182 1,113
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

21
+ - 996 1,077
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

22
+ - 1,097 1,025
God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

23
+ - 983 1,525
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

24
+ - 1,114 621
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

25
+ - 1,061 818
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

26
+ - 882 758
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

27
+ - 703 889
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
+ - 777 773
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 757 621
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 864 771
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

31
+ - 714 726
Portal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
+ - 732 884
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft

33
+ - 1,169 358
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

34
+ - 788 717
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

35
+ - 677 972
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

36
+ - 740 701
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

37
+ - 584 672
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
+ - 614 722
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

39
+ - 512 718
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
+ - 597 808
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

41
+ - 745 606
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
+ - 546 729
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
+ - 356 717
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 514 545
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

45
+ - 571 657
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

46
+ - 535 651
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

47
+ - 577 419
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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+ - 531 699
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

49
+ - 525 391
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
+ - 535 627
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank