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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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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros. 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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5,652 1,633
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Legend of Zelda 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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3,163 2,002
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 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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3,042 1,693
Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart 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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2,764 2,323
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto 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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3,087 1,765
The Elder Scrolls: Arena is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls 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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2,499 2,047
Halo series is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
HALO 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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2,083 2,167
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Sonic the Hedgehog 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

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2,475 1,560
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout 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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2,073 1,766
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mortal Kombat 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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1,921 1,624
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear 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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2,003 1,548
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid 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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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man 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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Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Crash Bandicoot 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

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1,604 1,243
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Donkey Kong Country 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

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1,421 1,503
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter 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

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1,475 1,311
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider 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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Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Call of Duty 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

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

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1,449 1,288
God of War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War 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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1,557 1,066
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts 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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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock 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

The Hottest Video Game Vixens of All Time

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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect 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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Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tetris 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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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed 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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Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

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

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Portal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Portal 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

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Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

The 13 Sexiest Video Game Commercials Of All Time

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Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy 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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Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Pokémon Red and Blue 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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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

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

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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tekken 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

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Donkey Kong 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

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

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Kirby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem 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

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

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption 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

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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman 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

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

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Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

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

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