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List Rules Vote up the best franchises in all of gaming.

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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4,328 1,908
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros. is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. It was originally released in ...more

2
6,104 1,860
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda, subtitled The Hyrule Fantasy in its original Japanese release, is a 1986 action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo, released in North America in 1987 ...more

3
3,464 2,233
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros., originally released in Japan as Nintendo All Star! Dairantō Smash Brothers, is a fighting game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It ...more

4
3,372 1,889
Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Kart is a 1992 go-kart racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super Famicom and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game of the Mario Kart series, it was ...more

5
3,116 2,539
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto is an open world action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and published by BMG Interactive. It was released in October 1997 for DOS and Microsoft Windows, and on 14 ...more

6
3,392 1,969
The Elder Scrolls: Arena is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls: Arena is an epic fantasy open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1994 for PC DOS. It is the first game in The Elder Scrolls ...more

7
2,291 2,425
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis console. The game was released in North America, Europe and Australia on June 23, ...more

8
2,719 2,290
Halo series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie and now managed and developed by 343 Industries, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. The series ...more

9
2,299 1,957
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mortal Kombat is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1992 as the first title in the Mortal Kombat series. It was subsequently released by Acclaim Entertainment for ...more

10
2,736 1,762
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1997. The game has a post-apocalyptic and retro-futuristic setting, in the aftermath of a ...more

11
2,150 1,807
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear is an overhead military action-adventure stealth video game originally released in 1987 by Konami for the MSX2 computer in Japan and parts of Europe. Considered to be the progenitor ...more

12
2,188 1,727
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid is a military science fiction themed action-adventure video game, and the first entry in the Metroid series. It was co-developed by Nintendo's Research and Development 1 division and ...more

13
1,809 1,395
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Donkey Kong Country is a 1994 platforming video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was first released on 21 November, 1994 in North ...more

14
1,903 1,622
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The original Mega Man series is the first series of Mega Man platform games from Capcom, which debuted in Japan on December 17, 1987 on the Famicom with the release of Mega Man.

15
1,753 1,756
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Crash Bandicoot is a platform video game originally published by Sony Computer Entertainment, produced by Universal Interactive Studios and developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation. It was ...more

16
1,603 1,670
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter is a 1987 arcade game developed by Capcom. It is the first competitive fighting game produced by the company and the inaugural game in the Street Fighter series. While it did not ...more

17
246 178
Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first major installment in the ...more

18
1,666 1,018
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more

19
1,648 1,468
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider, titled Tomb Raiders in Japan, is an action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. It was originally released in 1996 for DOS, PlayStation ...more

20
1,538 2,198
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Call of Duty is a 2003 first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. The game simulates the infantry and combined arms warfare of World War II. The game ...more

21
1,709 1,227
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It's the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series, and is the ...more

22
1,676 1,414
God of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released on March 22, 2005, for the PlayStation 2 ...more

23
1,548 1,175
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Boston, and published by 2K Games. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 platforms in August 2007; a PlayStation ...more

24
1,056 1,271
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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25
1,737 637
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red & Green, are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published ...more

26
1,584 1,535
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 ...more

27
892 309
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing video game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, developed and first published in Japan by Square in 1987. It is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy series. ...more

28
1,254 962
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

29
1,166 1,107
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing ...more

30
1,075 1,115
Portal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on ...more

31
999 1,371
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on February 4, 2000. Its development was led by game designer Will Wright, ...more

32
945 1,163
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

33
1,323 1,375
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

34
999 1,278
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

35
1,123 1,138
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

36
1,089 994
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

37
765 1,001
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tekken is a fighting game and is the first of the series. It was released at arcades in late 1994 and on the PlayStation in 1995. It was developed and published by Namco. It is succeeded by ...more

38
1,045 986
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

39
803 826
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra ...more

40
855 914
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of ...more

41
803 1,041
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical role-playing video game, developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo 3DS, and published by Nintendo. The thirteenth game in the main ...more

42
782 1,003
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
838 667
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Party is a party video game for the Nintendo 64 game console, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on December 18, 1998, in North America on ...more

44
1,063 810
Doom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

45
873 609
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more

46
1,089 1,035
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

47
480 1,023
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman is an arcade-style maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. The original home computer game Bomber Man was released in 1983 for the MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700 ...more

48
723 887
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

49
743 879
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

50
560 742
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Age of Empires is a history-based real-time strategy video game released in 1997. Developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Ensemble was still an independent company, later ...more