Top Ten Nintendo Franchises

The Top Ten

1 Mario

Most famous. Also the best.

Mario has been with me for 5 years

My first game ever was Mario cart 7 on the 3ds. I grew up with this.

I was a Mario fan since I was 4 when I discovered gaming and nintendo Mario for the win

2 The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda has always left a smile on my face with tears, (yes, it's weird, I know). It's the beauty of the game that catches people's attention. I'd say both Mario and Zelda have the same concept where they have to rescue the princess, but in Zelda, the reason why I love the franchise so much is because of how serious it looks and is. There are very sad moments, dark ones, shocking ones, and happy ones. Let's not forget the music that's put into the game. The melodies are so memorable and beautiful in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and of course, Breath of the Wild. Those in my opinion, by far have the best melodies I've ever heard and it makes me feel like I'm in Link's perspective in the game. Listening to Zelda's lullaby makes me feel like I'm in Zelda's castle from Ocarina of Time. Listening to Saria's Song in Twilight Princess makes me feel like I'm in the Lost Woods from the game. The scenery of the games look so beautiful. Yes, I'm ...more

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 ...more

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Ocarina Of Time was the very first game I had ever played on GameCube when I was 6 years old. It started my love for gaming and left me in awe at all time and to this day that game on all consoles is still a remarkable game that has set high standards in the gaming industry, it has no need for upgrading and is rarely forgotten, this game is wonderful from the items, both practical and optional, to the dungeons, to the bosses, to the soundtrack to the story. It is rare to find a villain who accomplishes his threat, many games revolve around stopping the villain before he takes over the world, but in here Ganon accomplishes this and it is such an experience to see the dark and changed land and storyline. The Legend Of Zelda series may not be as well known as Mario but the standards it has set and the lasting impressions it can make is truly extraordinary and what makes not only this game but the whole franchise a wonderful series.

3 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

Highest grossing media franchise EVER. Need I say any more?

I'm used to Pokemon - DavinLie

My favourite game of all time

It's been 20 somewhat years
And you're still going strong
Keep going, buddy!

4 Super Smash Bros.

Is just incredibly fun to play.

I just love beating my freinds up with a assistant mayor dog! GOOD TIMES!

Ah, yes. My childhood game. With over 70 fighters, 100 stages, many music tracks, and many different franchises in one game. I have loved this series for so long. out of all the the Nintendo franchises, this is my favorite by far.

I would put this under Mario - MarioBros11

5 Fire Emblem

Easily the best Strategy rpg series in the history of gaming

Best Nintendo game

While in reality Zelda is my favorite Nintendo franchise, I gave my vote to Fire Emblem as it should definitely be above Pokemon. Seriously just look at the things Fire Emblem has that Pokemon doesn't: Semi-well developed characters that you actually care about (for the most part), actual varied story lines between each game, and a more balanced combat system. Its not that I hate Pokemon, in fact Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver is among my top 10 games of all time, however as an overall series Fire Emblem is simply superior.

The fire emblem series are the best in my opinion because personally, I'm less of an active player and I like the way this games makes me think. also absolutely love the characters

6 Kirby

I love Kirby! The short cute little pink ball of who knows what, the happy world, This should first!

6! 6! What! If this was my list I would say 3!

Should be 4, Smash 5, Fire Emblem 6. - MarioBros11

Kirby still goes by Sakurai's rule of kirbyism, mak the game simple for beginners, but challenging for hardcore players. This makes Kirby unique, and truly, there has never been a bad kirby game, they're all good fun, and kirby lore is so fun to delve into as well. The star warriors, King dedede, and heck, bandana dee's training is even interesting. Truly my favorite series ever.

7 Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Country is way better than the 2D Mario games.

It's a Mario franchise - MarioBros11

You do realize that this is one of the Mario sub-series, right?

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.

8 Metroid

One of the greatest series of all time!

About a woman who shoots aliens - MarioBros11

It's pretty badass - MarioBros11

Originally heard about it because of Nintendoland and Smash Bros. - MarioBros11

9 Mario Kart

This is not a Nintendo main franchise, this is a Mario sub-franchise. - MarioBros11


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 and zelda

10 Pikmin

Best Game ever. It has a unique presence, devoted following, and cute loveable characters. Sure we haven't had a new real game in 6 years and before we had to wait for 9, but it's still the best game.

If you have a wii, why not try it?

Like Metroid, originally found out about it because of Nintendoland. Really creative concept. - MarioBros11

It's a shame that Pikmin is underrated. It's a nice, quirky, and strategic game. It's a unique game, something that has never done in the past, and hey, even up to now I can't think of a similar game like Pikmin. The soundtrack is decent, and something about the atmosphere in its nature makes it even better! Can't wait for the next Pikmin games!


The Contenders

11 Animal Crossing

Brilliant games with a sweet charm, relaxed vibes and plenty to do. I like the fact that there's no set goal, you can choose what you want to do of the many available things. The animals are brilliant and the game unique, offering lots of customisation so no two people's experiences are the same! Although I love showing off at Mario kart (despite having zero control over my steering hehe) and the challenging platform games like Mario (forgive me, I've not tried Zelda yet and only had one shot at pokemon but my ds wouldn't let me have it back so once eventually fished out of the console it had to be sent back and I'm waiting for a new one...) I love the relaxed animal crossing because it isn't a challenge, it's just something I can chill out with and play my way. I also like how it reflects life in some ways, rewards have to be waited for, you need to maintain your friendships etc, and you can play the game for five or ten minutes at a time and still make progress in small chunks!

Grew up with this game series and still LOVE it!

My favourite

Awesome - Beth2505

12 Star Fox

Underrated. - MarioBros11

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)

Awesome series. Wish it was more popular, but at least it had a groundbreaking game in the form of Star Fox 64, which introduced the Rumble Pak, and of course, DO A BARREL ROLL!

It isn't the best nintendo franchises but I vote for it because it deserves a higher position - Aleksei

13 Kid Icarus

I hope Uprising gets ported to the switch.

The music is fantastic. It's either in my head or I forget it. - MarioBros11

Uprising is by far the best game in the 3DS. Such a good and condensed story in a game for 39.99 is amazing. With all the things that you could do and learn (a staple in every Sakurai game) is just enough to revive and carry and old franchise to the light!

Kid Icarus: Uprising was one of my favourite 3ds games, and I hope they make a sequel for it on the switch.

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14 Mother

Nintendo celebrated this series' 30th anniversary with... Smash Ultimate Spirits! Could they port Mother 3 to the Switch or at least put the first Mother on Nintendo Switch Online?

At least put this above kirby. Most of these games are better than kirby, especially Mother

Fantastic games

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!

15 Luigi's Mansion

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

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

Better than all other mansion video games, Dark moon was a piece of crud. - Maddox121

Great game hopes it comes to the switch

16 Magical Starsign

i'll pass

17 Wario Land

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

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

18 Mario Party

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

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.

If you're going to play with Friends. I recommend that they be good friends other wise you might lose 'em... - thelegendaries101

Bring it on with your friends versus you in this party! Don't let the rumors of "breaking friendships", this is underrated! You should pay attention and go buy it if you want friends to challenge you! @~averageplayer9

19 F-Zero

Show me your moves - Beth2505

SHOW ME YA MOVES! - MarioBros11

Please! Make a new f-zero for the new console...

It brought in Captain Falcon, and the Falcon Punch.

20 Yo-Kai Watch

1.This is not owned by Nintendo
2.Just no, sorry, but the game is trash

I don't think it's Nintendo... - MarioBros11

Nintendo's best franchise besides Mario. You never run out of things to do.

Meh, kinda like Pokemon but different in its own way.

21 Splatoon

Fortnite is crap compared to this.

This is my 2nd favourite Nintendo franchise ever. I love everything about it.
Woomy! - Beth2505

Is there really only two Splatoons out? - MarioBros11

Not my favourite franchise, but it really has that Nintendo twist that it has with game genres. It's probably the least violent shooter of all time, with not a single mode where the primary objective is to kill people. Sure, you can "splat" others to help aid in your objective, but it's not the focus. The story mode has lots of humor and strategy, and the new mode Salmon Run in the sequel is a good chunk of the fanbase's favourite. It's a shame Salmon Run has a schedule though. - BoredBrandon

22 Punch-Out!!

Original NES game is amazing. - MarioBros11

My favorite.

I still play this game

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

23 Yoshi's Island

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

I think the reason why this is lower because baby Mario crying forever and the annoying spear guy chattering. Otherwise it is extremely hard to get every level 100% it is amazing and its purple and orange yoshi's turn to shine.

24 The Wonderful 101

Is this Nintendo? - MarioBros11

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

25 The Legend of Starfy

This is so underrated that I don't even know what it is - MarioBros11

Love starfy and the franchise too

Most underrated game series EVER

I want them to re-release the first 4 gamees internationaly

26 Rhythm Heaven

Extremely underrated. You should check it out.

Incredibly unique, but horribly overlooked.

Needs more votes. Contains my favourite game of all time, Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

27 Paper Mario

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

Some of the best RPGs out there. Great charm and a sense of true uniqueness from other RPGs due to the simple game mechanics that are unlike any other in the RPG genre, also the games all look and sound amazing, I'll even say Sticker Star was a great game.

28 Mario & Luigi

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

These games have the best soundtracks, characters, worlds, and battle systems.


I HAVE FURY that this is only #19.

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29 Wii Series

Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort were best. - MarioBros11

I really loved these games

Best nintendo series, new smash character confirmed

Wii Fit, Wii Sports/Resort, Wii Party... If you play these, you might have fun.

30 WarioWare

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

I voted for WarioWare mainly because I feel as though it is underrated. The cast is very unique and has a lot of personality compared to the cast of most of Nintendo games. It invented micro-games, which are a blast to play. It brought forth a more crude humor that most other Nintendo games don't have either. I've enjoyed playing every WarioWare game I have played (which is pretty much all of the main series games with the exception of Twisted. Overall a great franchise.

31 Fossil Fighters

This game series sold under 3 million copies, and it better than Pokemon, as there is more stuff to do, with needing to clean the fossils, not just catch them.

This is the most underrated franchise and it is so amazing! Much better than Pokemon, it actually changes it's gamplay a little bit with each game when Pokemon is the exact thing over and over! Fossil Fighters is the best!

32 Ice Climber

Original wasn't that good - MarioBros11

My mom's best times of childhood

33 Pilotwings

This is like the last thing on the list I've heard of.

34 Mario Sport Games

I especially like Super Sluggers. - MarioBros11

Mario sub-franchise - MarioBros11

they suck

35 Professor Layton Professor Layton Professor Hershel Layton is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Professor Layton fictional universe, created by Level-5.

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.

One of the most enjoyable series by far

Most underrated franchise ever.

Zelda is like Professor Layton.

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36 Golden Sun

Love the music from these games.

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

Golden sun and Zelda are my two most favorite Nintendo franchises

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.

37 Xeno

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.

Most underrated game franchise of all time

Oh yes awesome series

This franchise is the best JRPG

38 Wii Sports

Not a franchise - MarioBros11

39 Wii Fit

It helps peepls get not fat

40 Beyblade

Not a Nintendo franchise...


The best franchise ever created

41 Mega Man

Mega Man 2 is awful. - MarioBros11

Mega Man is owned by Capcom, not Nintendo. - Smash64

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

That series is owned by CAPCOM - Maddox121

42 Duck Hunt

So underrated - MarioBros11

43 Bayonetta

Not a family friendly franchise, kids! - MarioBros11

They are a Nintendo IP now because Bayonetta 3 is now in development EXCLUSIVELY for the Switch! - thunderstar1124

44 Steel 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.


45 Charm Girls Club (series)

Charm girls club is so underrated.

46 Wars

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.

47 Nintendogs

Great - ElSherlock

Nintendogs was the very first game I played. The dogs that I had just kinda grew on me and I feel sad but also happy when I think of this game.

awww cute - Pokemonfan10

48 Balloon Fight

Its good - MarioBros11

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