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
3,336 1,491
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
5,136 1,391
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
2,799 1,716
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,648 1,477
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,345 2,090
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,761 1,523
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,161 1,312
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
1,808 1,881
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
1,816 1,530
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,226 1,806
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,644 1,416
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,799 1,352
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,568 1,365
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,331 1,363
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,545 1,264
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 1,316
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,378 1,086
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

18
1,271 1,145
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,264 711
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

20
1,131 1,699
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,232 1,132
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

22
1,388 903
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,308 1,243
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,209 914
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
911 713
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

26
793 996
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

27
827 831
Portal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
815 994
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

29
873 877
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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30
956 867
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

31
762 1,087
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

32
684 901
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

33
1,319 443
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

34
466 123
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

35
878 808
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
597 793
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
606 623
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
834 786
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

39
675 820
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

40
657 742
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

41
1,097 1,184
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

42
624 806
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
395 801
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

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44
847 665
Doom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

45
613 455
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption

46
584 686
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
936 858
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

48
600 692
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

49
648 497
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
415 570
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time