Over the years, we've seen plenty of gaming franchises brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to a single, well-received title. It's important to note all franchises, even those including the best games ever, aren't immune to the ravages of time. Whether a great gaming franchise became stale or simply stopped being produced, these series drifted out of the public consciousness. But it's hard to keep recognizable titles down, and out of the shadows of once-renowned worlds like Hyrule and Outworld came glorious video games that brought their respective franchises back from the dead.
Breath of the Wild somehow managed to be a revelation in a series with a 30-year-history of awe-inspiring games. 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot was a well-deserved and long-overdue breath of life we could gleefully rip away with new, but recognizably gruesome fatalities.
Whatever the case, too many great video game series have wandered away from those who love them so dearly. Despite the games that still need a comeback, it's important to celebrate the titles that have already received that honor.