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
4,875 1,304
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda

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2
3,122 1,381
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

3
2,665 1,581
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,504 1,368
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,184 1,963
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,608 1,425
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,113 1,677
Halo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

8
2,030 1,220
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

9
1,699 1,762
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
1,711 1,435
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

11
1,521 1,338
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,690 1,264
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,452 1,164
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

14
1,292 998
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,229 1,275
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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16
1,161 1,225
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,449 1,266
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

18
1,172 1,075
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,280 824
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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20
1,038 1,584
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,225 1,157
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

22
1,121 845
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

23
1,035 1,117
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

24
1,149 1,061
God of War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

25
1,168 651
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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26
815 649
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

27
914 788
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

28
762 759
Portal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

29
737 924
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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30
816 806
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

31
1,223 386
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

32
895 803
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

33
763 915
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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34
714 1,006
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

35
820 743
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
639 749
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

37
551 569
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
631 834
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

39
776 731
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

40
613 687
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

41
782 625
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

42
546 742
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

43
569 761
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
380 737
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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45
566 671
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Silent Hill

46
271 90
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

47
598 682
Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Battlefield

48
556 418
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
613 437
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
560 724
Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Need for Speed