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
3,485 1,543
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Mario Bros.

2
5,292 1,466
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
2,894 1,806
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Super Smash Bros.

4
2,783 1,529
Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Kart

5
2,471 2,160
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Grand Theft Auto

6
2,852 1,601
The Elder Scrolls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Elder Scrolls

7
2,253 1,379
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Fallout

8
1,897 1,954
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

9
1,893 1,585
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

10
2,290 1,877
Halo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Halo

11
1,706 1,475
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metal Gear

12
1,845 1,419
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Metroid

13
1,652 1,421
Assassins Creed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Assassins Creed

14
1,414 1,416
Crash Bandicoot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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15
1,300 1,371
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Street Fighter

16
1,597 1,327
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mega Man

17
1,440 1,132
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

18
1,330 1,199
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tomb Raider

19
1,201 1,765
Call of Duty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

20
1,326 762
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
paulo-júnior added Resident Evil

21
1,287 1,187
God of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
God of War

The Best Video Game System Controllers Ever

22
1,441 960
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Aaron Napier added Kingdom Hearts

23
1,349 1,295
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect

24
1,251 959
Bioshock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Bioshock

25
838 1,033
Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pac Man

26
956 753
Uncharted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

27
919 910
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

28
848 1,033
Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
RalphBob added Warcraft

The Top 10 Greatest Crossovers in Video Game History

29
859 880
Portal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

30
982 914
Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox

31
799 1,138
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims

32
714 949
Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry

33
1,375 476
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

34
536 157
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Olivier Autran added Final Fantasy

35
909 836
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania

The Best English Poets of All Time

36
625 823
Tekken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

37
631 654
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

38
865 816
Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon

39
692 759
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

40
688 857
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
shadow42knight394 added Fire Emblem

41
1,129 1,206
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Kirby

42
644 840
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry

The Most Ludicrously Reckless Theme Park Rides Ever Created

43
412 831
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Bomberman

44
882 681
Doom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom

45
649 476
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
606 715
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War

47
961 883
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo

48
616 720
Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank

49
678 520
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

50
439 596
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time