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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1
3,722 1,639
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

2
5,516 1,568
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
3,059 1,924
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,962 1,620
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,651 2,265
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
3,003 1,703
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,374 1,496
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
2,016 2,080
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
2,000 1,689
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,403 1,985
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,819 1,559
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,945 1,504
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,763 1,511
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,525 1,503
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

Forgotten Video Game Sub-Franchises That Need To Make A Comeback

15
1,542 1,204
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

16
1,389 1,454
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,677 1,417
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

18
1,426 1,274
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,442 832
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

20
1,281 1,883
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,389 1,254
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

The Best Xbox 360 Arcade Games

22
1,517 1,025
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,428 1,357
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,333 1,015
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
1,039 803
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

26
901 1,094
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

27
981 967
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
918 939
Portal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

The Hottest Video Game Vixens of All Time

29
896 1,113
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

30
862 1,199
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

31
790 1,004
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

32
1,019 984
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

33
633 199
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

34
1,467 532
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

35
954 885
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

36
672 871
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
746 800
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
677 706
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

39
920 868
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

40
1,179 1,254
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

41
716 914
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

42
685 883
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

The 13 Sexiest Video Game Commercials Of All Time

43
937 723
Doom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

44
714 513
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption

45
433 894
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

46
645 759
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
651 768
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

48
992 940
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

49
725 567
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
466 650
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time