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
3,348 1,499
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
5,148 1,396
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
2,807 1,723
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,657 1,482
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,356 2,097
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,768 1,530
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,169 1,316
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
1,815 1,887
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
1,819 1,535
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,233 1,811
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,649 1,419
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,803 1,358
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,578 1,371
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,338 1,369
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

15
1,550 1,269
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
1,242 1,321
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

17
1,381 1,091
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

18
1,276 1,149
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,270 716
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

20
1,137 1,705
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

21
1,237 1,137
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

22
1,392 909
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,314 1,246
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,214 917
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
918 714
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

26
794 999
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

27
832 833
Portal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
817 998
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

29
876 881
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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30
957 872
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

31
764 1,094
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

32
690 903
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

33
1,328 446
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

34
473 125
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

35
882 810
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

36
598 797
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
613 624
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
835 791
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

39
678 824
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

40
660 744
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

41
1,102 1,185
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

42
627 809
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

43
398 804
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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44
852 667
Doom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

45
619 458
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
590 689
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
939 862
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

48
604 695
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

49
651 498
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
418 574
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time