Top Ten Nintendo Franchises

The Top Ten

1 Mario

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.

It's the best by far! - neehawgamer

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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!

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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.

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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.

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!

My personal favorite is Pokemon. I never liked Zelda but I definitely understand why Pokemon is #3. I love Pokemon more then any game created and if you have not played it, I have no words for you except "Play It"

Pokemon is without A doubt my favorite game ever. It's creative, it's fun, it has a good fanbase, and it has like 83 games. Pokemon has a magical place in my heart and was an important part of my childhood. I'm 24 and to this day I'm still addicted to Pokemon.

IT IS THE BEST GAME FRANCHISE EVER CREATED

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4 Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash bros is the best! It combines the best of all of the other Nintendo Franchises to make another Franchise which is even more awesome! If you say Mario is the best he is in this Franchise; there are also other characters such as Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Bowser Jr and Rosalina. If you like Legend of Zelda we also have Link and Zelda and Ganondorf and toon link in it. There are also Pokemon and Kirby and Fire Emblem and Donkey Kong and Metroid and Animal Crossing and so many more, including 3rd party which can be Sonic, Pac-man, Mega Man and more! If like more than one Nintendo Franchise then this is definitely the Franchise for you, or if you hate a Franchise/character and you want to beat them up you can! This has online mode and a story mode (for some games) and a solo mode and a training mode and amiibos and so, so much more. This game has absolutely everything!

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

Waluligi for smash

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5 Fire Emblem

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.

Amazing and highly underrated series with memorable characters, intense tactical gameplay, and music that rivals the Zelda franchise. Highly recommend to anyone who is eve vaguely interested in Fire Emblem

Extremely amazing series. Each game provides new twists, the gameplay is more than enjoyable, and the stories and characters are amazing. Definitely brings out a lot of emotions when characters die :'(

Let me just say that Nintendo has the best franchises in all gaming, they really do. But fire Emblem is by far the best. The storylines are always so unique and engaging. The characters are some of the best I’ve seen. And the gameplay is a fun complex game of chess. I haven’t felt so bound towards a series in my life. Having played all 10 games released in the west if you count fates separately, none of those games weren’t at the very least great despite Revelation and Birthright. This differs when you take Mario and Zelda which have had many mideocre games. Fire Emblem is a series that deserves to be advertised at the very top with Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon.

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6 Donkey 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.

My very first video game was Donkey Kong 64. I loved this video game as a child, and it still is my favorite game even to this very day. I've enjoyed all of DK's games and even the series and movie. Donkey Kong is the one who got me into video games. He'll always be my favorite no matter what game comes around, because he is the one who made me want to look for other games to play. DK.

7 Kirby

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.

This is a seriously underrated franchise with a lot of deep story, plot, and character development that gets overlooked because of the relatively low amount of direct narrative. There is so much the series leaves for interpretation for everyone to speculate about, especially when it comes to some of the true villains of the series. This is such a simplistic game in many ways, but it has hidden complexity that goes beyond a happy pink blob eating things.

Kirby brings an interesting gameplay style and it helps you cool down. In most kirby games, limited resources aren't a problem. Also, its cute art style and gameplay never fails to make somebody smile. The music is absolutely mind-blowing (My favorite theme being Fountain Gardens from Kirby's Epic Yarn) it can be very happy and also can be hardcore and epic. The bosses are absolutely mind-blowing, especially the designs. Overall, Kirby's an amazing franchise that you should play.

I love Kirby! The designs for a lot of the characters are very cute. Like Saddle Dee, Grizzo, Scarfy, and of course, Kirby. The abilities are really cool. They give you a lot to do after you complete the main story, like the minigames. Even if they didn't have the minigames, I could replay the main stories a million times and not get bored. I love the music, too. Kirby is awesome!

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8 Metroid

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.

This game really brought me into loving Nintendo. I fell in love with the Legend of Zelda as a result of having first played Metroid. Thing is though, you never forget your first love, and I must say Metroid remains my top pick.

Metroid is fantastic, Just play Super Metro is or Metroid Prime, then you'll see how good this series is.

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9 Pikmin

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!

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

Its sad that people treat pikmin as the "odd one". Its odd cause it's a strategy game, features little guys you do stuff with, and you have a limited amount of time to do anything. The only 2000 or so people who played this and loved this would understand its underrated nature. Try to mention this game to kids. They probably wont know what you're talking about. - UnlawfulMatron

SO UNDERRATED! I found it by maiming Olimar in Smash 4, and I’m glad I did

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10 Mario 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.

Every Mario Kart is amazing but nothing beats the nostalgia buzz of Mario kart 64!

Mario Kart is a subsidiary series, not a franchise! Get it right you morons!
But yeah I do love Mario Kart! - Thifer20

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The Contenders

11 Animal Crossing

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

With Zelda and it's great story, Mario with his different styles of games and Pokemon's never-ending gameplay, it's easy to look over Animal Crossing, but that doesn't mean this charming and sweet little game isn't good.

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

I say this is the 5th best.

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12 Star 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)

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

FURRIES IN SPACE

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13 Mother

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

Mother/earthbound and kid Icarus are Nintendo’s less known franchises

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14 Kid Icarus

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.

Kid Icarus: Uprising is definitely in my top 10 favourite 3DS games, maybe even in my top 5...

15 Luigi's Mansion

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

Horror + Luigi = Delight.

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17 Wario 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

18 Mario 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.

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

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

It brought in Captain Falcon, and the Falcon Punch.

Best pure racing game nintendo has to offer.

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

20 Punch-Out!!

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

Little Mac is an all around awesome, muscular, and nice dude! Makes me love the Punch Out series - Gurrtastic

My favorite.

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21 Splatoon

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

Splatoon is my new favorite Nintendo franchise!

Just play Splatoon or the new Splatoon 2. You'll know why people like it.

Amazing AND original! - ShuhBanggg

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22 Yo-Kai Watch

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

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

NOT A NINTENDO SERIES.

Yo kai watch is crap
no offense to anyone who likes it
just my opinion - Retroman64

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23 Wii Series

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

Best nintendo series, new smash character confirmed

24 Yoshi's Island

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.

25 The Legend of Starfy

Love starfy and the franchise too

Most underrated game series EVER

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

26 The Wonderful 101

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

27 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.

higher

28 Paper Mario

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.

29 Mario & Luigi

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

I HAVE FURY that this is only #19.

Good

I AM THE MARIO AND LUIGI ZOMBIE

30 WarioWare

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

My mom's best times of childhood

33 Pilotwings

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

34 Mega 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

That series is owned by CAPCOM - Maddox121

These games are among the best ever created there was not a bad game in the normal and x series (until x 7 but I'm going to pretend that game didn't exist) the battle network, zero, zx and legends series are also great so please Nintendo make a new game please

Love mega man it needs a new game ( I'm aware there was a game 7 years ago)

35 Mario Sport Games

they suck

36 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

37 Golden 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

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.

38 Wii Sports
39 Beyblade

Not a Nintendo franchise...

The best franchise ever created

Agreed.

40 Wii Fit

It helps peepls get not fat

41 Bayonetta

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

42 Duck Hunt
43 Ace Attorney

Sorry honey, but this isn't a Nintendo franchise

Yes, but that doesn't make it a Nintendo developed game. - Evant

Ace Attorney is great, definitely in my top 10 favourite series of all time... but I don't understand why it's on a Nintendo related page...

But it's on a Nintendo cnsole right

44 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.

45 Nintendogs

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.

46 Balloon Fight
47 Dillon's Rolling Western

Popular 3DS eShop game

48 Clu Clu Land
49 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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50 Electroplankton

Definitely the best music game ever and very addictive and relaxing!

Gave us the worst ssb stage

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