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
3,331 1,489
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
5,131 1,389
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
2,796 1,713
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,644 1,475
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,340 2,088
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,756 1,521
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,156 1,310
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
1,803 1,878
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
1,813 1,527
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,222 1,804
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,640 1,414
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,797 1,349
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,563 1,365
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,328 1,359
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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15
1,543 1,261
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

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16
1,240 1,311
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,377 1,082
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

18
1,265 1,144
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,260 710
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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20
1,127 1,699
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,229 1,130
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

22
1,387 899
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,305 1,241
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,205 913
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
908 712
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

26
793 992
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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27
825 829
Portal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
873 873
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

29
814 991
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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30
955 864
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

31
759 1,085
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

32
1,316 440
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

33
682 899
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

34
464 121
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

35
874 807
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
596 791
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
604 621
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
834 783
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

39
675 817
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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40
657 739
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

41
1,097 1,181
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

42
623 804
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
395 798
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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44
846 663
Doom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

45
610 454
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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46
582 684
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
934 857
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

48
599 690
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

49
647 494
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
616 543
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mabie1 added The Witcher