Top Ten Nintendo Franchises

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Pokemon
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 Pokemon.com 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 ^_^

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2Mario
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.
THE Mario FRANCHISE HAS SO MANY GENRES OTHER THAN ADVENTURE, THERE ARE RACING, RPG PARTY, SPORTS AND MAKING YOUR OWN LEVELS. THE LEGEND OF Zelda IS THE SAME BORING THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IT'S ALWAYS ADVENTURE AND YOU SAVE Zelda EVERY GAME. Mario HAS MORE GENRES, HAVE MORE GAMES, AND SOLD MORE COPIES. Mario SOLD 466 MILLION COPIES. LEGEND OF Zelda SOLD 68 MILLION. BARELY ANYONE BUY LEGEND OF Zelda. VOTE FOR Mario VOTE FOR Mario VOTE FOR Mario VOTE FOR Mario VOTE FOR Mario. NOT THAT LEGEND OF Zelda
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?
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3The Legend of Zelda
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.
The series is incredible because of the adventures and puzzles that comes with this amazing series, while I do like Mario, Mario games never gave me much of a challenge as Zelda games did. Nintendo outdone themselves in this masterful series
Although Mario is the top seller, Zelda's been around just as long. Ocarina of Time is considered by most sites to be the best game ever! I still like Pokemon and Mario and stuff, but Zelda is the best.
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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.
This franchise is just awesome, even though I've only played brawl. Speaking of which, that game is my favorite video game of all time. The only flaw about that game is the wi-fi. Can't wait for SSB4!
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
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5Kirby
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.
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.
This is my all time favorite series! It introduced my favorite character Marx, and it has beautiful music! I could keep talking but, I would never stop talking.
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6Metroid
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.
Metroid is Top 3 in my opinion, Samus is the coolest female antagonist ever and the franchise as a whole Is very well received, if you don't believe me check out Super Metroid, and the Prime Trilogy

7Donkey Kong
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.

8Star 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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9Pikmin
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 a great strategy game and it's very fun. In my opinion, it's the best Nintendo game.

10Animal Crossing
One of nintendo's best franchises and you never run out of stuff to do.
You can do a lot of stuff and its so addicting

The Contenders

11Mother
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
One of Nintendo's most heartwarming- and tearjerking- franchises. Common features in this series of games include tragic villians, distressing and abnormal final bosses, child protagonists, psychic abilities, and abnormal settings in contrast to traditional RPGs. The story is stunningly amazing. And, there's a game on NES, SNES, and GBA- providing for a wide array of systems to enjoy this series on. One of the best game series of all time!
Not many games (in fact, only 3 of them) but those few games are all awesome.
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12Fire Emblem
Great strategy gameplay. Serious, but amusing characters. And a story in each game that will blow you away.
Great strategy gameplay. Serious, but funny characters. And a story in each game that will blow you away.
Fire emblem is awesome
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13Mario 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.

14Luigi's Mansion
An amazing action-adventure game involving everyone's favorite plumber in green, Luigi!
I love luigis mansion I have the second but I'm going to get the first one

15Kid Icarus

16F-Zero
One of the fastest and the best racing games of all time.
P.S. ace Attorney and professor layton aren't nintendo franchises

17Golden Sun
Honestly one of the most in depth story lines I. A game ever. The gameplay is so much fun and you grow attached to the characters. Love the whole series from start to finish and hope for another title soon
Nintendo's other JRPG franchise. A gem that is overlooked, it has many critically acclaimed games and has even made a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the character Isaac.

18Yoshi's Island

19Punch-Out!!
Not your everyday boxing game. And definitely beats wii sports boxing by a long shot!

20Wii Series

21Mario 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.

22Wario Land
May not be the most popular of nintendo franchises but he does have some great games here and there. My personal favorite game from Wario is WarioWare: Smooth Moves.It's a hilarious game and great for parties

23Nintendogs

24Ice Climber

25Wars
A strategy game similar to Fire Emblem in it's turn-based formula, it has you commanding large amount of troops in varies different battles.

26Balloon Fight

27Dillon's Rolling Western

28Clu Clu Land

29Wrecking Crew

30Xeno
Of course, some of the games in this series were not published by Nintendo but aside from that, it's still an awesome rpg franchise. Xenoblade Chronicles in particular is the one I would recommend if you like long rpg game.
Oh yes awesome series

31Steel Diver
Never played the first one, but I'd recommend downloading Sub Wars from the eShop and trying it out. Pretty amazing for a free game.

32Chibi-Robo!

33Brain Age

34Mega Man
It Seems Nintendo or any company for that matter no longer makes Mega Man game's I just had to put this on here because this is where mega man's roots are and let's face it the original one through 10 series is the best not the X series

35The Legend of Starfy
Love starfy and the franchise too
Most underrated game series EVER

36Pushmo
This game feels like Nintendo's response to all those ipad games. It's great if you have a few minutes and want to solve a few puzzles. Original and entertaining.

37Rusty's Real Deal Baseball

38The Wonderful 101
Comedic Super Heroes Against An Almost-Omnipotent Race Of Aliens From Another Dimension! Very Interesting!

39Wave Race

40Rhythm Heaven

41Style Savvy

42Big Brain Academy

431080

44Excite

45Pilotwings

46Wii Fit
It helps peepls get not fat

47WarioWare

48Wii Sports

49Ace Attorney
Sorry honey, but this isn't a Nintendo franchise

50Professor Layton
Professor Layton was an incredible take on the idea of a puzzle game, introducing unique and relatable characters, point-and-click style gameplay, and a stellar soundtrack. It caught the imaginations of casual players and introduced many to a world of new stories to experience.

51Electroplankton

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