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
3,194 1,402
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
4,943 1,327
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
2,707 1,610
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,548 1,388
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,237 1,990
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,654 1,442
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,145 1,709
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
2,074 1,236
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

9
1,723 1,792
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
1,742 1,453
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

11
1,557 1,354
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,728 1,280
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,478 1,189
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
1,316 1,020
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,252 1,292
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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16
1,487 1,288
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

17
1,190 1,240
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

18
1,204 1,087
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,299 847
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

20
1,079 1,610
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,262 1,177
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

22
1,157 854
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

23
1,055 1,138
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

24
1,172 1,076
God of War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

25
1,195 662
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

26
844 661
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

27
753 940
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

28
782 773
Portal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

29
922 806
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

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30
829 821
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

31
1,245 396
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
905 817
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

33
776 932
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

34
724 1,025
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

35
838 756
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
573 576
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
652 845
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

38
648 765
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

39
790 739
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

40
625 696
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

41
804 634
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
555 752
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

43
587 767
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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44
296 100
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

45
582 677
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

46
381 755
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

47
610 692
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

48
574 425
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption

49
619 455
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
566 737
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed