Top 10 Video Game Franchises

The Top Ten
1 Mario Mario Product Image

If there was no Mario, I bet you most home console video games wouldn't be a reality. Everyone looks at how good or original a game is and while that is incredibly important, you also must look at the history and their impact on the world. Mario's face is more recognizable than Mickey Mouse's. He has appeared in over 200 games. He defined a generation. He helped build Nintendo's empire that probably won't ever fall. All of his games are at least 8/10s, though his movie leaves much to be desired. He has T.V. shows, comic books, movies, and all other forms of merchandise. He may not have the greatest games, but he certainly has the most recognizable.

Why is sonic better? Mario has more likable characters and a better story (actually has one). Also it has better gameplay and more games in it, let alone more good ones. Also, Super Mario Bros. Basically saved the gaming market and before Wii Sports, was the best selling game of all time. Mario is the most notable video game character due to Mario being the best selling franchise. In fact, a test in the 90s showed that Mario was more notable than Mickey Mouse. This is my favorite franchise and it holds my favorite video game, and it shows. This should be #1 instead of that overrated Call of Duty.

Saved the gaming industry itself, without Mario, Assassin's Creed won't exist.

Anyway about the games, they are actually really fun, and this is coming from someone who isn't a fan of Nintendo.

Now stop saying MaRiO sAvEs ThE pRiNcEsS aLl ThE tImE, Call of Duty is actually the same thing over and over again.

I love the theme song. And I played unfair Mario and that was unfair my friends they got up to level 100 on unfair Mario and I'm Super Mario 2 probably right now
he's already on level 200

2 The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda Product Image

Never to be equaled, The Legend of Zelda has everything it takes to be the greatest game franchise ever: awesome gameplay, wonderful graphics (even the earlier games), unique depht of plot - it has that joyful, shining feeling, but also has that melancholic one, leading the player to get envolved with it's story - and, of course, as we could never forget, the ultimate soundtrack ever. The Legend of Zelda presents us an universe of perfectly measured surrealism and plenty of possibilities, paralel quests and ways to get to know the characters. By the way, a minor The Legend of Zelda's character, like Saria or Malon, is able to mark us, while enjoying the games, because they're all fully integrated to the experience.
in my opinion, still the best game franchise ever, with all due respect to other great series, like Mario, Sonic, Bomberman and Castlevania. They all get our love and enthusiasm, but Zelda is just beyond.
We shall be very glad for Nintendo for having allowed us to ...more

Never understood the praise, while I can give credit for introducing the save feature and put that to other games, and Ganon being a badass antagonist, I couldn't say anymore positive than that.
The only Zelda game I like was Ocarina of Time.

Nothing will ever shake this. All y'all talking about how Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim are better, you're welcome for having Zelda CREATE THAT GENRE. Since the 80's, Zelda has been creatin high-quality and critically acclaimed games that have interesting, well-paced stories, fun characters, great dungeons, awesome boss fights, great music, amazing atmosphere, beautiful open worlds... The list goes on. The series has managed to create so many amazing games that one could get lost in forever, exploring for treasure, helping civilians, getting to know the world better, finishing sidequests... There's just so much to do! An amazing series that never gets old and will always keep everyone entertained.

What can I say about these games that hasn't already been said? Pretty much every game franchise on this list has something to borrow from Zelda. Nearly every shooter has a targeting system. Elder Scrolls and Assassins Creed are Adventure games, which Zelda establishes. And while OOT isn't my favorite game of all time, it's importance is incredible.

3 Pokemon Pokemon Product Image

Pokemon is for a wide range of audiences, there is a Pokemon for everyone (girls and boys alike).
And adults can also enjoy this game, it has stratergy, story, law, awesome Pokemon etc.
In some ways it has a more mature storyline than many other games considered 'more mature'.
With it exploring meanings like animal rights (Pokemon black and white) and the balance of nature (Pokemon ruby and sapphire and ORAS).

I don't play Pokemon games or watch the anime or play the TCG. But the sheer immensity of this franchise keeps me interested. There are so many Pokemon and Pokemon types. There is also a great fanart and fanfiction community which will keep you interested for a long time. So basically this franchise will keep you interested for as long as possible.

My childhood game series and the frist I have played and I will always love each type of main series entry in whatever way that it is about.

Forget the stereotype that this is a "kids" game because regardless its one of the best series ever. Besides dominating the handheld market it has always kept people on their ds' and Gameboys for months trying to get this Pokemon to level 100. Pokémon has the most replay ability I've ever seen in a video game and has always been one of my all time favorites.

4 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

For those of you saying Sonic is better than Mario, it's not, but regardless is still a good franchise and is better than Fire Emblem.

The Sonic the Hedgehog series, with some flaws in it, has a lot to love and adore. Charming, realistically set characters in a gorgeous world with secrets, lore and exciting things to learn. Sonic himself is a very iconic character, no matter his games. He spreads out to T.V., comics, merchandise and more. Whether or not he's as good as the ol' Genesis hayday, there is no denying the power and popularity of the character and the franchise.
The games themselves, you say? Some of them are a pure delight to play. The classics, the Adventure games, the Modern games, the spin-offs, they all provide detail and joy through graphics, level design and, best of all, music. People remain worried every time a new 3D Sonic game is announced, but each and every single one of them has crazy potential to put Sonic as the next gaming titan. We just have to hope his potential is realised.
The Sonic series is something very unique, and I really hope he doesn't bend to mimic other franchises.

And then there's Sonic. I love this little guy. Sonic 3 and Knuckles, although it has some annoying areas and glitches, is one of my favorite if not my favorite game ever. I love the classics to DEATH! Although I may not like the 3D games, I still like a good few of them, and would really like a classic 3D game. Between Mario and Sonic, you'll find some of the best games ever made. Although I might have liked it in my youth, Pokémon is pretty mediocre all things considered, an it'd be a shame to see Mario fall to it. Overall, between my 2 reviews, I give these franchises 10/10s, although Sonic has some really bad games.-Brian.

If you hate this game series because of critic reviews and because it's the cool thing to do, you have a lack of hearing since you clearly can't listen to your own heart. Most of you haters bandwagon. How do I know? A Nintendo Fan who is a friend of mine said "Sonic Sucks", and I said "I'm gonna make you play Sonic Lost World, and we'll see if that's true". Then he plays it and loves it. So yeah, why don't you guys actually PLAY the games before saying they are terrible?

5 Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Product Image

What happens when you take Nintendo's all stars and put them in a battle to the ages...EPICNESS. This game took Mario, link, samus, and tons of others in a fighting game that's one of a kind. Awesome characters, bonus features and "trophies" that describe Nintendo's history + addicting fighting and great stages and items and you got yourself the greatest fighting game ever

I love this series so much! It's a masterpiece. Sakurai also created the Kirby series, which is another great series! This series is so much fun. Anybody can play it, and there's a character for every skill level and play style!

Best Crossover. Second is Marvel Vs Capcom obviously. It has the biggest roster and the gameplay is fun in so many ways. I love the stages, items, and music.

Hell yes, video game with the biggest roster of all time, and amazing gameplay if you really mastered it!

6 Grand Theft Auto Grand Theft Auto Product Image

Come on everyone
Get over the classics and appreciate something which is next level
Grand theft auto is the best franchise currently and you know it
Even if you don't agree. The Grand Theft Auto fans got no problem. because Trevor Philips will take care of you.

The Big 3 Nintendo franchises are at the top, and will probably stay there, but at leasy keep Grand Theft Auto at 4. It is one of the most critically acclaimed series of all time. The only series more critically acclaimed than this is probably Zelda.

I can't wait for Grand Theft Auto 6 and when Grand Theft Auto 6 comes out it will destroy the internet because of all the people buying. Right now FORNITE is number 1 just wait for Grand Theft Auto 6 people FORNITE will go to the ground.

The best of all. Open world games and control your character to nice, normal or criminal. And playing as Trevor its fun in Grand Theft Auto V!

7 Halo Halo Product Image

I will not allow this! Halo, below call of duty!? Call of duty releases the same crap every year! With halo there is always something new, halo ce is the classic halo, halo 2 introduced playable elites and online multiplayer, halo 3 had better armor customization, halo 3 ODST introduced firefight, halo reach is by far the most unique of any halo, halo 4 did something entirely new about the campaign, halo 5 introduced the req system( which is actually pretty bad but at least it is new)! Call of duty is the same game every year!

Halo is story that defines adventure and action in a first person shooter. Back in the days when it was young and made by Bungie (before Call of Duty in 2003) was a break through providing the first action multiplayer. Halo might have slowly lost its touch over the years due to online competition, Halo 2 (my personal favorite of the franchise) is what started the definition of online multiplayer and a stunning elaborate story of friendship and betrayal along with a great music composed by martin o'donnell and Michael salvatori. The game is way more user friendly along with not much eight year olds speaking profanity.

Would pick call of duty than this but, it made me realize that the newer ones are just like halo except halo did it right and call of duty should have stayed boots on ground, also how in the new cods you can fly, more customers fly away from buying the game, unless it comes with a remaster witch lets the company activision jack you off from your money.

Since 2001 this has become a grand daddy of shooters everywhere. In every game except reach you play the legendary master chief a super powered soldier out to stop an alien race known as the covenant. While master chief is famous the multiplayer is where halo took its place among the FPS greats.

8 Call of Duty Call of Duty Product Image

I really enjoy call of duty. Yes I know it's full of unloved kids who's parents bought them the game to get them out of their hair, but I still enjoy the campaign and zombies. I have been a Call of Duty fan a long time and I know the series won't last forever, but I still enjoy it. I will agree though, it doesn't take much skill. That's why I've been playing a lot of battlefield and rainbow six siege. But still call of duty is a classic I grew up with and the new MW is really good so I have some hope. But we need to band those stupid kids.

Many people might think the COD series is overrated, and I might have to agree with them, but the games are still super fun to play.

The game as a first person shooter is great, but like in every game, there's always the try-hardship that take the fun out of it. The stories are good, and takes place in various time periods.

I know Nintendo repeats their franchises but they add something new and interesting each time not to mention they also pretty much invented the action-adventure and platformer genre. Call of Duty is the same thing. LOZ for the win

9 Kirby Kirby Product Image

Kirby is not my favorite franchise, but all of the franchises that I like more than Kirby are already in the top 10. Therefore I just had to give my vote to Kirby. It is such an amazing franchise with much to see and do. To all of those who say it is too easy, complete super star or super star ultra. I dare you. As a completionist, I can admit that some Kirby games are in fact quite easy. But it's not just difficulty that makes a franchise great. Kirby games are in my opinion the culmination of fun in its purest form. It is extremely fun to use a variety of items to kill innocent victims. The gameplay, story, bosses, music, and replayability are all great. If you think Kirby is for kids, just give it a chance. I am not a kid and I have loved Kirby games most of my life. Not only are there plenty of classics to play, but there are still amazing installments being released.

A major complaint about this series is the fact that the games are 'Easy'. Well, I can state for a fact that this isn't true. To get a 100 percent completion is quite difficult. You need to collect all of the collectables, beat extra mode, and find the HAL rooms and other secrets is no easy task.

Kirby games are a great choice, be you a hardcore gamer or a newcomer. The characters are cute (mostly), the games are fun, the music is nice and cheerful, and there are so many great games in this series!

Kirby Rules!

He should be number one! I love the the little pink bundle of joy. How many Kirby games have you beat. I have beaten Kirby star allies.

Never really into the franchise but the characters are actually pretty good and is really dark. Better than the overrated Zelda franchise.

10 Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed Product Image

Of recent, one of the greatest combat games with the most intriguing story plots deeply tied within great periods and events in history. This game should be at least above the Call of Duty franchise and Pokemon in the top three.

I just LOVE this game... the historical periods, story, and combat is just great. It is undoubtedly one of the best franchises ever, although it's only a decade old. Definitely deserves to be there in the top 5.

There are bad games in the list about those I have not heard.
This is what we call a game. NOW.
Not that blue hedgehog or those bros and what the hell in the world is that kirby?
Follow the Creed!

A much more immersive story than any other game, the games evolve with progressively more content and should easily be ranked higher than Call of Duty or Halo in my opinion.

The Contenders
11 Mario Kart Mario Kart Product Image

This game has very cool power-ups like the shell the blue shell the red shell The Green shell The lightning the squid the Superstar not to mention there are ramps in Mario Kart the Mario Kart that you play on the phone

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the most because you can use your own Mii's to race.

The best racing games of all time, if you dislike Mario Kart, you must be a butthurt hater.

Should be higher

12 Mega Man Mega Man Product Image

Probably the 2nd best sidescroller non-metroidvania game franchise after Mario.
I mean, you can copy other robot's abilities, beat a mad scientist (and never capture him), summon Rush to do shortcuts, try doing buster-only (excluding the mandatory usages on the Wily stages), perfect run on robot masters, etc. This franchise is challenging and fun, and almost never frustrating. (unless you want to do a buster only perfect run on the Doc Robot in MM3)

Best. video Game. Franchise. Ever. It is also a huge influence on modern shooter games today, like Halo and Call of Duty. I will never get tired of the Mega Man games. Of course, the classic series is the best.

The super fighting robot has been revived. Mega Man 11 was a success so Capcom is planning a lot a future titles. Let's hope that includes Legends 3

Capcom doesn't really appreciate this amazing franchise anymore even though this franchise is the face of the company.

13 The Elder Scrolls The Elder Scrolls Product Image

Honestly, I'm surprised that this series didn't crack the top 5. The Elder Scrolls is a series in which anyone can become whoever they want to be, and make whatever decisions that they see fit. These games are extraordinarily extensive, easily allowing players to clock hundreds if not thousands of hours. The Elder Scrolls is my favorite series next to the Legend of Zelda. Come on, this deserves to be in a higher spot.

This is by no means my favorite video game franchise but it is a blast travelling across all of Tamriel and my actual favorite (Zelda) is already on top so my vote goes to Elder Scrolls.

Listen, I love this series as much as the rest of you TES fans, but I think we all can agree that we don't need anymore Skyrim, that we need The Elder Scrolls 6.

This needs to be up by Mario and Zelda! In this game you can customize your character, learn spells, take dangerous quests, and do everything a fantasy based world lets you do. I must not forget the Dragons though! If I go on this will be longer than the page! BEST VIDEO GAME EVER!

14 Metroid Metroid Product Image

I have bad experiences with Metroid. I got it on the Wii, but it was dumb. I don't know who they picked to narrate the events, but I was ready to fall asleep after a couple of minutes. I will say this though. The one on the Super Nintendo that I got from eshop is good so far so I don't know.

Metroid is a fun original experience with darkness around the corner... but in a positive way! This series is one of the best, if not the best cult classic

Then, there is federation force...

This series should be higher on the list! It's immersive, it's dark, it's symbolic, it's mysterious, it's got the most badass female protagonist in history, it''s Metroid!

I wish Metroid sold better. I don't expect massive Mario, Pokemon, Zelda -esque blockbuster hits, but it would be nice to see a Metroid game dish out 5 million units.

15 Final Fantasy Final Fantasy Product Image

The undisputed king of video game music, and the best storytelling franchise. Final Fantasy 6,7,10, and 15 are amazing. Definitely worthy of top 3.

Why is this not in the top 10?!?!? Other then Pokemon final Fantasy is best RPG. I have never played a Final Fantasy game but they look good

Only think the franchise of Zelda is better. FF7 my third favorite game, how is this so low?!?

Needs to be top 3. Anyone who loves RPGs in their 30-40s played the first Final Fantasy game. Squaresoft was the best.

16 Tekken Tekken Product Image

Best fighting game series ever made.

Best fighting game franchise.

Better than zelda

17 Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat Product Image

The word that explains how you feel during this game is BAD ASS. Your tear out a persons spine? No probably there aren't any cops in this game so be free to tear HEADS OFF. (I am not a terrorist please don't sue me) But to put it simple, this game takes stress out. Have a guy break up with you? Post a pic of him on the screen and GO ALL OUT!

Definitely the most influential franchise of the 90's but this game is still very popular and addictive. MK rules!
Finish Him!

MK was extremely dominant in 1990, and the release of Mortal Kombat x (2015) was something that just made the franchise even better, trust me, MK kinda idolized a lot of modern games just like star wars did to movies, and it will continue to dominate in it's specific genre even further when the next comes out (which iis next year I believe (2018)

Sub Zero is the best and all Scorpion fans know deep down that Sub Zero is just way better

18 Need for Speed Need for Speed Product Image

Greatest racing franchise of all time. Should be top 5. Even Most Wanted I still love playing!

It's the best selling racing game franchise. It should be at least in the top ten.

19 God of War God of War Product Image

The best ever game franchise. The coolest mind blowing games ever. God of War had explained what a real game should be like. The God of War games are the best and should be played. It should be on number 1, but I know players other than PlayStation cannot vote this because it only works on PS systems. To experience the real gaming experience and powerful story and gameplay one should have to buy PlayStations.

This series should be in top ten!

Way better than Zelda

20 Battlefield Battlefield Product Image

Developers listen to their fans and have been providing great entertaining games for many years which make the fans extremely happy.

This franchises produce almost ten games already, should replace for Call of Duty!

It's Battlefield, so what can I say, that isn't already said.

This is better then cod by 100 miles.

21 Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot Product Image

I've completed the first game, it was kind of feneric and boring, the only level that composed for me a real challange was the bonus level they scratched from the first game because it was "too dificult" but honestly they need to make more levels like that because it makes the game fun.

No one really cares about him anymore... No offense Crash fans!

Some of my all time favorites!

Whoever said that Crash Bandicoot games, you better be referring to the Crash Bandicoot games made by Radical Entertainment! >:(

22 Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid Product Image

If you've played a single game in the franchise, you'd vote for this guaranteed. I played Sons of Liberty first, and even not knowing a single thing that was going on, it immediately made me know that the Metal Gear Solid series would be the best franchise I'd ever play. The stories can make you cry in each and every game. They're like movies.

Why is Metal Gear so low! The games are frequently listed as some of the best of all tIme. The stories are great(except MGS5)and somehow still relevant decades after they released. This is an injustice of the highest calibur. Unite fellow MGS fans and let us beat out Call of Duty at least!

An absolute shame that this is not at least in the top 5. Snake doesn't agree but this game proved that love can bloom on the battlefield.

You people have never played Metal gear solid yet otherwise you would Vote this!
I'm sure after release of The Phantom pain it'll gain it's true rank

23 Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Hearts Product Image

For a new game, this is awesome! It really deserves the hype it gets. I wanted to know why everyone was talking about this and I'm glad I checked this game out! It's definitely up there with Zelda and Final Fantasy.

It has so much emotion and stories that it beats novels, not to mention kickass playing. Plus, it has disney characters and final fantasy characters. I haven't done FF yet, and I know the top two should be Grand Theft Auto under kingdom hearts, mario can be third

Amazing! So much nostalgia and it is all about the power of friendship and love

24 Uncharted Uncharted Product Image

These games have been consistently great unlike many of the other higher voted franchises. The trilogy is great, but that 4th game sealed that deal. This is hands down one of the greatest video game franchises of all time and it deserves a spot on the top 10 list.

Has one of the greatest lineup of characters and the story line behind each game is fantastic! Deserves to be in the top 10!

This franchise is the definitive action adventure franchise for gaming. Arguably the PlayStations crowned franchise is cinematically unmatched by any other. Metal gear spends most of its time on cut scenes, and its gameplay is noticably uncinematic and frustrating at times. The last of us is also only cinematic in its ctuscenes and characters, whereas uncharted is the holywood playable blockbuster with playable parts un seen in video games. Not to mention its brilliant characters, dialogue music and characters all being one of a kind. Uncharted also has some of the best section/ set pieces ever video games.THE TRAIN SECTION. PLANE CARGO SCENE. CRUISE SHIP SAILING.

Best all round game of all time and no other game tells the story the way it does.

25 Resident Evil Resident Evil Product Image

This is the franchise that established survival horror as a genre, later created the 3rd person over the shoulder perspective, becoming the father of modern day shooters, and has reinvented itself again taking inspiration from other games like Silent Hill and Outlast to outshine the horror and survival genre now better than EVER! And still it has a long way to go. If there is a franchise that definitely isn't afraid to try new things out and can make mistakes but learn from them and appeal to its fans it's RESIDENT EVIL!

This franchise should be higher. Resident Evil/Remake, Resident Evil 0/Remake, Resident Evil 2/Remake, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Revalation, these are (or some of them are) the best survival horror game ever and already good enough to make this franchise go higher.

Why is this number 21? It's way better than Sonic and Kirby! what is going on...

Still most Speedrunned franchise to this day. No game release in this generation will ever archieve that

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