Top 10 Video Game Franchises

The Top Ten Video Game Franchises

1 The Legend of Zelda

Best video game series ever mario is nowhere near as great a protagonist as link

Lets rate some zelda games
Majoras mask 10/10
Ocarina of time 9/10
Breath of the wild 8/10
Twilight princess 8/10
Skyward sword 4/10
Link between worlds 6/10
Wind waker 7/10

This franchise is something that has been and will be in most gamers lives and childhoods as they grow up and is enjoyable for all ages with the best soundtracks to each game that are unique every time but also in some games they make references to old soundtracks too and references to other games with different variants of subtleness

The Legend of Zelda series is universally acclaimed, and boasts timeless and ingenious gameplay/puzzle-play which never gets old. Furthermore, the sheer quality of each and every instalment makes it one of the most consistently high-achieving franchises in existence.

Zelda should top the list.

2 Mario

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.

It's so average. but I like some games like

New super mario bros wii
Super mario odyssey
Super mario party
Mario kart 7
Mario kart 8 deluxe
Mario kart wii

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 90's 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.

Will you morons stop arguing over Mario and sonic? Both are awesome! - DCfnaf

This franchise should be number 1 it revolutionized gaming as a whole and we never would have gotten the x box, 3d games, cooler graphics, or today's games if Mario was never maid

3 Pokemon

I've been playing pokemon since I was 4... I love pokemon I really thought Mario would be first... pokemon second and Zelda third... don't know why..

This is actually the most highest grossing media franchise of all time

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.

Can't decide between pokemon, call of duty and assassin's creed. And I am the only person who always writes assassins as assasin

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.

With amazing, super fast gameplay, intriguing story lines, and a hall full of characters to boot, sonic is one of the most notable franchises for one reason. it is its own type of game, instead of Mario which is a generic plat former/whatever the heck it is these days, and Zelda, a generic adventure game, sonic is its own element, and will forever be my favorite franchise.
Just don't talk to me about sonic 06, I HATE sonic 06.
Luckily we have sonic colours and sonic unleashed.
But still.
Why. just why?
Anyway great series, love it

Yeah, and we also have Generations and Lost World. Both are great. - DCfnaf

Sonic should be in Mario’s place SONIC IS AWESOME also probably no Mario game could make their characters jump as high as the sonic characters can! Tails and Sonic both can jump really high in the mystic cave zone

Sonic's got something you don't Mario... A personality, an attitude. Mario is such a bland empty character in my opinion. Sonic set out to be everything Mario isn't and was a complete success... Well until the year 2006... But don't worry, he came back to what he's good at in 2010 with Sonic Colours. - Cazaam

Yes I agree with Sonic being a better character than Mario. Sonic Colors is good, Sonic Generations is awesome, and Sonic Lost World was actually a great idea. But now we are in the "Sonic Boom Era". - DCfnaf

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? - DCfnaf

I've played it, and I didn't see anything special about it. That's just my opinion though. - neehawgamer

5 Super Smash Bros.

Favorite game. Great design and over all the best heckin' crossover ever made.

How is a game filled with little kids with bad parents better than this? this is a great game.

Sakurai did a good job in gathering all Nintendo stars in one stage, until TODAY!

Best. Fighter. EVER. PERIOD. How the hell is Call of Duty above this masterpiece? - patfelts

6 Grand Theft Auto

Back in the day, if you didn't play Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, THEN YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CHILDHOOD.

Love the amount of cuss words in these games even though I have to put on headphones

You get to be a rebel and not even have to face actual consequences.

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.

7 Halo

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!

People say xbox sucks because they forgot this was xbox exclusive

By far the best. Halo revolutionized gaming. The others? : They spam the same game mechanics and no new ideas.

Anyone who thinks call of duty is better than halo shall be left behind from the great journey (Call of Duty SUCKS! )

8 Call of Duty

This is only on the list because it's popular. This game isn't even good. It requires no skill, unlike the far superior Halo which is below it. Plus, online, there's always an annoying squeaky kid who's saying the F word over and over about how much he sucks at the game.

Its fun when you play with friends in a private match but online is full of annoying little kids who make every one hate the game

Wow, Call of Duty hate bandwagon is still going... it's not even as popular as it used to be several years ago...

Call of Duty's okay... But it's incredibly overrated. - thelegendaries101

9 Kirby

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!

What I hear people complain about most is how the game is easy. For the most part yes but when you have awesome final bosses and tough after game that seems to be overshadowed. Unlike other franchises there hasn't been a bad game in the whole series. I'd say it is the best franchise if your going by how good the games are on average

It's pretty sad when a character with no notable features is lower than a character with no personality and does the same stuff over and over. Sure, Kirby may look bland; but he certainly is NOT a blank slate. Kirby has personality and charm that Mario doesn't have. - mattstat716

10 Assassin's Creed

You Can't Even Know,How Much You Will Feel Amazed And Exciting After Playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Game.

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.

Assassin's creed is better than every other damn franchise..It's lets us play in history itself in the mosttt immersive way possible...The stories can make u cry laugh everything..

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.

The Newcomers

? Oddworld
? Devil May Cry

The Contenders

11 Mega Man

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

It was, but now Capcom just likes to shove Street Fighter 2 down our throats. - Granton8ter2

The story's are great and it has great replayability I mean come on he is like amazing and I know a lot of people who knows the franchise in my book this series in #1 Hands down

This is my 2nd most favorite non-nintendo franchise in my opinion right behind Sonic.

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.

12 The 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.

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.

Put this higher! If you see this comment you sister ditbags vote for this. You don't I will come in you anus. VOTE FOR ESO

13 Metroid

In super metroid there was a awesome story with barely any dialouge.

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...

Truly one of the most UNDERRATED franchises ever. It's ranked too low on this list.

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.

14 Final Fantasy

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

Please tell me how Final Fantasy isn't in the top 5?

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

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.

15 Tekken

Better than zelda

Best fighting game series ever made.

Best fighting game franchise.

16 Mortal Kombat

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! - Magnolia

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

Amazing storyline and best graphics

17 Need for Speed

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

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

Sold as many copies as FIFA and is emense fun

It has cars

18 Metal Gear Solid

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. - Zeebs

Solid set a standard that no other game in the genre set: it was the first and the best.

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.

Deserves its place right at the top. Nothing comes even remotely close to this.

19 Kingdom Hearts

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

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

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. - AngryHimouto

This game is beautyfull...almost made me cry a tear.

20 Uncharted

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.

Should be at the top, Actually challenging and has a real story unlike Mario - B1ueNew

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

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

21 Mario Kart

This is a part of Mario - TealBoyxx

All games from worst to best
9 Mario Kart super curcit
8 Mario Kart 7
7 Super Mario Kart
6 Mario Kart 8
5 Mario Kart ds
4 Mario Kart 64
3 Mario Kart double dash
2 Mario Kart wii
1 Mario Kart 8 deluxe!

Should be higher - GleamingShadow

Amazing games, I love Double Dash, 8, and DS - patfelts

22 Battlefield

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 should switch places with Call of Duty

23 Crash Bandicoot

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

Crash games suck

Some of my all time favorites!


24 Resident Evil

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

A franchise that has arguably the greatest third person shooter of all time RE4
And has the best survival horror game of the 5th generation should be way higher than this

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.

This should be way higher than assassin's Creed

25 Fallout

Laugh out loud this list is retarded fallout is so much better than the vast majority of franchises

This franchise nearly died, but it brought itself back to life. That is something you don't see at all

It's more common now with franchises like Crash and Spyro making a comeback - kanetheundertaker25

What 140 on a top franchise list. I Don't Want To Live In This Planet AnyMore

How the hell is this so low? Too many peasants.

26 Street Fighter

Excellent game. Started fighting games, so it needs a higher rank.

Uh hello everybody?! You guys should know that this is one of the best fighting games of all time! Heck, it should be at least on the top 5. Also, it should definitely be on top of the other fighting games listed here. Especially virtua fighter.

People! Why is this number 51? It started fighting games. Game that you love like Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Super Smash Bros, and more!

27 Mass Effect

18? Mass effect should be at least top ten, contains great storytelling that draws you in and actually gives you decisions to make that affect the galaxy throughout the franchise, it is a must have for all gamers

I love halo but mass effect has a better story and characters, mass effect should be way up in the list

Mass Effect is the best thing I've ever played, and there is nothing that will change that.

This should be number 1. GOAT. Holds a special place in my heart.

28 God of War

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 knew players other than play station 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 play stations

Way better than Zelda

This series should be in top ten!

29 Batman Arkham

Some of the best video games of all time
Arkham City is one of the best games ever made and Arkham Asylum is on par as one of the best of the generation. Arkham Knight is arguably better than its predecessors for the complete batman experience. The whole game series has revolutionized the superhero genre much in the way the Dark Knight trilogy has. It is one of the few franchises where all the games are of excellent quality like Uncharted. - 11ahmu

Greatest in my opinion...

This needs to be higher

It feels great to be Batman even if it is in a videogame.

30 Watch Dogs
31 Lord of The Rings

Um this isn't a game...

This franchise is brilliant.
The Lord of the Rings Online
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Battle for Middle Earth
Battle for Middle Earth II
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

So many brilliant games all set in the universe of MIDDLE EARTH - 11ahmu

This franchise is great. So many awesome games and experiences within middle earth.
Lord of the Rings Online
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Battle for Middle Earth
Battle for Middle Earth II
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North - 11ahmu

32 Ratchet & Clank

67th? Wow this series is underrated. - Garythesnail

It should be top 10

The best

THEY ARE THE BEST! The others are just NOOBS and LOSERS!

33 Shin Megami Tensei

Fools aren't voting because they don't realise how many masterful games come under SMT besides mainline SMT;
Persona, devil Survivor, Devil Summoner and many more


Dortmand vs Ireland tom Johnstone
44 - 0
Great idea of making this game

FIFA can be great, but the issue with it, is that EA Sports mostly care about FUT instead of heavier played game modes, like career mode, because EA Sports gets more money out of FUT. That's only one of the problems. If EA Sports would listen more to it's community, it would be even better.

FIFA is very fun and interesting to play. It gets better every year. It also has great graphics and can get tense. It will give you a interest in soccer.

Gif as great but the only problem is theirs really know change in the game no new players just the graphics changed slightly but it's still ok

35 Gran Turismo

Hell yes! This needs to be higher!

36 Soul Calibur

Main issue with this series is that the PvP is dead, it doesn't exist anymore.

37 Sim City
38 EarthBound

The most hilarious, revolutionary RPG on the SNES, and one of the best RPGs out there

Good game.

39 Civilization

This franchise will grow

40 Banjo-Kazooie

O yes - myusernameisthis

41 Team Fortress

Team Fortress two is, in my opinion, the best shooter ever. It has a stylistic and beautiful art style and runs very well. It has genius writing and voice acting that add to the atmosphere and creates a great sense of humor. It has fast-paced gameplay with nine diverse classes that make this game great.

With 9 entertaining classes at your disposal team fortress 2 is easily one of the best shooters, pc games, and free games by far. Whether you want to play as the fast moving loud mouthing scout or the sandvich loving minigun wielding Russian the heavy its a fun and wildly entertaining game that will have you never leaving the computer screen.

Bring this up!

How is this 41

42 Conflict Desert Storm

Awesome from the first desert storm up to Vietnam... then it got weird.

43 Tales

The Tales games do more than provide you with hours of entertainment, they teach you about perspective, responsibility, consequences and morals. Growing up playing Tales games has taught me so much about the real world to the point where I'd say I wouldn't be who I am today without their guidance.

I'm actually surprised this isn't higher! The Tales franchise is great! - RaineSage

44 Pac-Man

The best franchise ever. Everyone who hate this are stupid people.

I especially love Pac-Man World 1 and 3 on the PlayStation consoles.

Even though I like halo better, this should number 1

This should be in the top 3

45 Spyro the Dragon

Innovative, fun, original, and honestly better than crash in many cases. Spyro has open world exploration, a great collectathon that ties with Banjo&Kazooie, and a purple dragon. Who doesn't love purple dragons?

I love this franchise and... I don't have anything left to say really. Plus dragons are BADASS!

The franchise helped make Insomniac one of the better-known devs in the gaming industry.

This should be #1 it is the best platformer franchise

46 Castlevania

Come on! The classic games Castlevania has brought us makes it deserve a higher place in this list! Most of them are extremely great and fun games, when not genre-defining.

47 Portal

An important game in the history of Valve and an utterly incredible puzzle game with a gripping story.

How does Call of Duty beat this?

I love Gladios

super cool

48 Lego

Are you bored with a console by a lego games the levels are fun and coop and when you finish one you can by a character or many with powers and replay them and there ar big hub worlds which get bigger in each game play no and many franchises

These games is never boring

These games mostly SUCK - B1ueNew

Pretty good games, but they feel kind of samey. - DCfnaf

49 Donkey Kong Country
50 Fire Emblem

It's a very fun and challenging franchise. If you love rpgs and never played it then I recommend you go and get awakening for the 3ds. Highly underrated franchise.


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