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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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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda

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

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

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

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

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Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

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Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

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Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

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

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

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Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

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Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

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

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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Kirby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

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

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God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

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Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

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

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

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

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

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

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Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft

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

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Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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

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

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

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

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Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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

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

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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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Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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

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Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed

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

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Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time