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
3,717 1,639
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

2
5,513 1,567
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
3,055 1,924
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,958 1,620
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,647 2,263
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,999 1,702
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,373 1,493
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
2,014 2,077
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
1,999 1,688
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,401 1,984
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,818 1,558
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,943 1,503
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,762 1,510
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,522 1,503
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

Forgotten Video Game Sub-Franchises That Need To Make A Comeback

15
1,540 1,203
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

16
1,387 1,454
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,675 1,417
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

18
1,425 1,273
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,439 831
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

20
1,278 1,882
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,388 1,253
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

The Best Xbox 360 Arcade Games

22
1,515 1,025
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,426 1,355
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,332 1,014
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
1,039 801
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

26
899 1,094
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

27
978 967
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
916 938
Portal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

The Hottest Video Game Vixens of All Time

29
896 1,111
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

30
860 1,198
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

31
789 1,002
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

32
1,017 984
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

33
632 199
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

34
1,464 532
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

35
953 885
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

36
671 871
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
677 704
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
744 800
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

39
918 867
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

40
1,177 1,253
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

41
715 912
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

42
683 881
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

The 13 Sexiest Video Game Commercials Of All Time

43
936 721
Doom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

44
712 511
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
dustman025 added Red Dead Redemption

45
432 892
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

46
645 757
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
992 938
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

48
649 768
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

49
722 567
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
466 648
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time