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The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time 

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Updated February 13, 2020 256k votes 16.1k voters 127k views 178 items

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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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 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
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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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The Elder Scrolls: Arena... is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Pokémon Red and B... is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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Halo series is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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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
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God of War is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for ...more
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Uncharted: Drake's Fortu... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 3. It is the ...more
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Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 19 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.
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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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This game 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 consoles on ...more
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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time