Top Ten Nintendo Franchises

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Stick it to the king. Mario not only created a buzz in the game universe, but also made several cameos in other games, like Wrecking Crew. He's also been enjoyed by all ages, making him a fun and suitable game for everyone. Not to mention, his popularity created several spin-off series such as Mario Party.

Not only is Mario the top selling franchise in the most popular and wealthy companies in the world, he practically invented platforming. In other words, he created parkour, the classic "damsel in distress", and Nintendo itself. So, why not?

Nintendo's known for many original franchises: The Legend of Zelda. Pokemon. Metroid. Donkey Kong. Kirby. Star Fox. Animal Crossing. Fire Emblem. Luigi's Mansion. Punch-Out!. Pikmin. F-Zero. Kid Icarus. Yoshi's Island. Xenoblade. WarioWare. Mother. But none of them, despite how each one is a beautifully crafted masterpiece of a franchise, come close to the reason they're all here today: Mario.

Mario is the better franchise! All link does is hit stuff with a sword

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2The Legend of Zelda

Always leaves me breathless, every time I finish a game. When I finally finished Twilight Princess, I didn't know what to do with my life. I had just gone through an amazing experience, something that I can't really put in words. As I played it trough a second time, I realized things that I didn't before? Which only made it ALL the more real to me. I experienced something magical. Same with Skyward Sword, which I'm currently playing. I absolutely LOVE it. And the first Zelda game that I played through and finished was Phantom Hourglass. I know that this game doesn't exactly get the best of reviews, but I LOVED it! It was what made me fall in love with Zelda in the first place! I got a sense of adventure, of a giant mission, and I was just stunned by how much there was to discover. I've FINALLY gotten all the gold ship parts, after four years of having that game! It was so wonderful, and there still is fun stuff that I can do in the game!

Overall, playing absolutely ANY Zelda game is an experience. It's something magical. It truly deserves to be known as Nintendo's best franchise.

The series is a masterpiece. Every time a new game comes out there are alwaya new mechanics, items, abilities, etc. To keep the game fresh and exciting. It's also made it's mark in gaming, being claimed as a standard for adventure games. Nintendo outworks itself on each game.

With great characters and stories, Zelda has to be one of the best things to ever come out of Nintendo. Even without saying a word, Link has become one of the most beloved video game heroes. The world of the Legend of Zelda is yours to explore, not to mention the fun side quests. All the puzzles, items, dungeons, and basically everything caused me to COMPLETELY fall in love with this franchise. ALL HAIL PRINCESS Zelda!


How? Zelda is rated as the best franchise on a different list - Lord28

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For me it's a tossup between Pokémon and Fire Emblem, but I think I'll go with Pokémon because of how big it has been throughout my entire life. Started watching the show when I was like 5, started collecting the cards at age 8, and I was maybe 10 when I first got my LeafGreen version and started getting into the games. What amazes me is how perfect the games are for all ages. When I was younger, I was a more casual player, and I had a ton of fun. Then when X and Y came out, I started caring about EV's and IV's and natures and strategies and whatnot. Building a team from the ground up and battling people all over the world jumpstarted my interest in Pokémon. There's something in it for young people who want something fun and innocent, but there are things in it for the veterans to explore once they get bored. And the show is still going strong, too. I recently started watching the show again on and it's just as great as ever, despite what the genwunners may tell U. So yeah, it's hard to top Pokémon. It's been going on for almost twenty years and it still hasn't died. Long live Pokémon!

Pokémon is a great RPG game. It features many different features throughout each game, and keeps the player busy with plenty of battles. Not only does the game feature an easy to use interface, but also has key features that make it fun. You catch your monsters, evolve them, and can give them certain abilities that work inside and outside of combat. They also play by an elemental play system, whereas fire types are weaker against water types, but are stronger against grass types. Normal is the neutral type. But, you know, gotta catch 'em all!

Pokemon is definitely my favorite franchise from Nintendo but I feel like it's popularity is going down I really wish it was as big as it was when it first came out everyone had Pokemon cards and would trade you and would have red or blue and you could battle but it's not really like that anymore oh well ^_^ - alyssa800900

Pokemon is the best with over 500 million $ way too far from them all

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4Super Smash Bros.

A fun fighting game, Super Smash Bros. (SSB), is not your typical fighting game. Instead of the traditional health meter, Nintendo got creative. They used a number system to represent damage. The more damage you took, the farther you were knocked back on contact with enemy attacks. Fall too far out of the boundaries of the screen and you lose a life. However, the game still features blocking, attacka, and special moves. Items occasionally fall from the sky such as laser guns and shells. A very fun game, worth playing with your friends for fun or to just pass the time.

Super mash bros is better than Pokemon, Mario and legend of Zelda combined because that's what super smash bros is plus a bunch of other nintendo games

Definitely an awesome game. My favorites are: 1: smash bros 2: Pokemon 3: Mario 4: Legend of Zelda 5: Kirby. All good series.

My childhood in a nutshell

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Kirby is a different kind of game. It offers a unique way to play the game by copying what your enemies do. It's also been an influence to culture, turning up a few T.V. shows. It's quite a game, and definitely should be played through, as each of the games offer unique abilities and mechanics, adding to the overall feel of the game.

When Kirby experiments, it's actually fun. He hasn't had any notably terrible games. And so what if it's easy? It's not meant to be hard (IGN). Amazing music, rivaling Sonic and Final Fantasy. I mean it. The games are so fun to play. And it's probably the most sadly underrated franchise on this list. Mario and Pokémon are great, but have notably terrible games. Zelda is beautiful, but it has the cdi games downplaying it. Kirby has no downplaying games. A masterpiece series is what Kirby is. And I could say more about how amazing this series is, but we'd be here for hours.

Kirby really portrays the innocence of nintendo. Maybe that is a bad thing (according to half of the Internet) but I think it really can show you a great world with true innovation because the lack of reality rips away the limits of what can be in each game.

Kirby for the win - SuperLonk

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Starting from the mid-08s, Metroid is a unique game for one of a few main reasons - the protagonist is a female. Back in those days, game characters were mainly male. Not only that, but Metroid focuses on combat and agility, not to mention a few puzzles. The game keeps it lively by giving a huge world to explore along with suit upgrades, secrets, and power-ups to keep the game going.

It is sad that it doesn't sell well... I mean it is one thing to not sell as well as Mario or Pokemon, but it is another thing if Link's Crossbow Training well outsold the best selling game in the franchise. It deserves more sales. Every Nintendo franchise deserves more sales.

I don't like Metroid. I am sorry. I tried really hard to like it, but I just couldn't. I got a Wii for Christmas of 2010 and got a Metroid game with it. I really didn't like it. I can't even figure out how to move in first person mode! And the voice acting bored me to no end. I just sold it later and got TLOZ: Skyward Sword instead and was much happier. Sorry, but I just don't get why people love it.

It sells poorly, but is a good game.

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7Donkey Kong

Just love this franchise, always have, not to mention diddy Kong has always been my favourite character! Kiddy Kong(I know he's hated by most) is my 2nd favourite! Just too much childhood was spent playing this franchise over and over, games such as donkey kong country 1-3 donkey kong 64, diddy Kong racing (64 and ds) and the latest donkey kong countries are just too fun to me to not vote for donkey kong. The only franchises I can compare to donkey kong as a favourite is Zelda and Mario games.

One of Nintendo's earliest franchises, Donkey Kong was an arcade classic. It made it's way through a stopping point after the arcade gamr, but then came back with pleasing titles like Donkey Kong Country, And came back up on the line with gaming. There are great mechanics and interesting plots, which makes this series unique.

8Fire Emblem

Very underrated. At least, it was until Awakening and Smash Bros. 4. It still great though! And I'm really hyped for Fire Emblem Fates

Great strategy gameplay. Serious, but amusing characters. And a story in each game that will blow you away.

In my opinion this is one of the best strategy games that I have played, I really wish that it got more love

Addicting! It draws you in with great gameplay, great story, and great characters!

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Pikmin is also my favorite Nintendo game. Pikmin 3 was the best. I love controlling the little creatures and you command them. A very underrated series and Nintendo please make Pikmin 4

Pikmin is so underrated. If you own a Wii u, get it for Christmas, or buy it right now, its amazing

In my opinion, the Pikmin series is the best series ever! What other game lets you help tiny little creatures survive? Not Mario, not The Legend of Zelda, and not Metroid.

Pikmin is most definitely the most underrated series of all time. If you have access to any of the games, don't hesitate to play them.

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10Mario Kart

A spin-off to the Mario series, Mario Kart focuses on cart-based racing. The game itself is simple, fun, and addicting. Simply race three laps around a course using a character of your choice while collecting and using power-ups to aid you. These come in passive abilities, such as a speed boost or invulnerability, and offensive abilities, such as fake power-up box traps and shells to spin out your oppopnent for a second. The game is very unique for a racing game, and contains several unlockables. Worth taking for a drive.

This is the best racing game around and it shows it by selling millions of copies.

Mario Kart is part of Nintendo's secondary franchises.

Paper Mario super Mario the colors

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The Contenders

11Star Fox

Starfox brings a new feel to air-war games. It's mostly the same as any other air-raid game, but has that feel that Nintendo puts into all of it's games. The colorful levels, the characters... It all fits together to make a fun game. Definitely not your average fighter-jet game ( Or, in our case, Ar-wing)

Starfox is the best that's all you need to know (but I only wish they would make a new game not a remastered one)

Star Fox is one of my favorite games!

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Is this technically part of the Mother series? This is a debatable topic, but EarthBound has generated a bounty so rich in comically tragic story lines, intriguing characters, outstanding music, incredible artwork and graphics, and influential events relative to the real world that it might as well be a series in itself! So many quotes have been developed into our culture (especially "Fuzzy Pickles"), and who among those who have played this game haven't sometime or other screamed at Porky through the screen? It may not (or ever) be Nintendo's most iconic game, but I believe it should be in the Top Ten!

All three games are unbelievable. From difficult gameplay in Mother 1, to the wonderful story told in Mother 3. When you put all three games together, you have one giant story, which is truly the best Video Game trilogy EVER

The best Nintendo (Hal Laboratory) franchise ever made, it's simple a bunch of lovely characters, many funny moments and weirds moments to. This is what made this game o special

I still couldn't find anything more special.

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13Animal Crossing

One of nintendo's best franchises and you never run out of stuff to do.

If this game was on the Wii U, the console itself would be worth buying. Animal crossing all the way.

You can do a lot of stuff and its so addicting

Playing before I could read!

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14Luigi's Mansion

An amazing action-adventure game involving everyone's favorite plumber in green, Luigi!

Horror + Luigi = Delight.

I love luigis mansion I have the second but I'm going to get the first one

15Mario Party

Grab some friends and play some Mario Party! Another spin-off of the Mario series, Mario Party really sets a standard for multiplayer mini-game compilations. Mario Party features bright enviroments, interesting gameplay, and TONS of mini-games. This game definitely is a game to try out.

16Kid Icarus
17Wii Series

One of the fastest and the best racing games of all time.
P.S. ace Attorney and professor layton aren't nintendo franchises

It brought in Captain Falcon, and the Falcon Punch.

19Mario & Luigi

Not your everyday boxing game. And definitely beats wii sports boxing by a long shot!

I have so many amazing memories of my dad teaching me how to play. The games are also pretty great. - ILegitMakeLists

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