Top 10 Video Game Franchises


The Top Ten

1 The Legend of Zelda

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.

This is the best franchise by far. I love that most of they games have been quality. All of their games are ridiculously amazing and very hard to put down. I don't see how franchises such as Call of Duty get higher on the rankings than this masterpiece of a series.

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.

Zelda is by far the best video game franchise I've ever known. Good choice,to everyone who voted for zelda.

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2 Mario

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

Why do you put down the Mario Kart Games? They are great! And when did you write this comment? 1985? There are like at least 100 Games with ''Super Mario'' in the title! I do like the ''Super Mario'' Games though better than the Mario spin-offs! Super Mario Galaxy is the best Video Game of all time, and a true masterpiece that never gets old (at least in my opinion)! And who sez Zelda is better than Mario? If you want an open world Wind Waker kind of Mario Game, than try Super Mario Sunshine! Super Mario Odyssey looks to be the same way, as we saw at the Nintendo E3 a month ago! And Mario was the first Video Game to actually be fun, the games before it, like Pong, sucked! Nintendo practically invented the Video Games we know today, with Mario, Zelda, Metroid (which probably inspired Halo and Call of Duty), and others! By the way, why do so many people like Halo, Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto? If you want a first person shooter, try Nintendo's non-bloody Metroid Prime Trilogy or ...more

Mario is the best video game character of all time. The Mario Franchise is the best. There are over 250 games, the most games in any franchise. There are AWESOME adventure games, kart racing games, role playing games, sport games, party games and a Dr. Mario games. Mario is better than any other video game character even sonic or link. The Mario Franchise is better than any other franchise even the legend of Zelda, Halo, or sonic the hedgehog franchisees

Mario would eat a giant mushroom and trample all other franchises

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3 Pokemon

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.

Why do people vote for Call of Duty?

Every single player saying "this is the best video game franchise/game/level/boss of all time (franchise), this game featuring the best records and more than the players if you encountered your rivals, it have even battle fromtiers.

Pokemon is better than mario zelda because it created less games but most of games are best seller. But mario only made so many games so it is only best seller game. Zelda is good but so puzzeled. I think 1st is pokemon 2nd is mario 3rd is zelda.

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4 Sonic the Hedgehog 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'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

Sonic is by far the worst.

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5 Super Smash Bros.

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

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

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

This is my favorite video game. - Azurin13

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6 Grand Theft Auto

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.

Every single game that comes out, the franchise gets better

I can understand Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon beating this, but Sonic? Um, hello, the games suck now!

Another Sonic Hater/Nintendo Fan saying that the series went downhill. Listen, Sonic is better in my opinion, but I'll respect yours. Stop saying the series went downhill, it didn't! - Drawbox

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.

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7 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

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

It is the best fps franchise

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8 Halo

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.

Lets be honest, Halo is amazing

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9 Final Fantasy

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.

How is this only 10th while trash like Zelda is 1st? Let's just compare them for a moment.
Story: Each Final Fantasy builds a whole new world with rich law and compelling story and character arcs making you care about what happens to bothe the characters and the world and desperate to see the outcome of the plot. Meanwhile, in Zelda you save the princess from Ganon. That's it. Every time.

Gameplay: Every Final Fantasy game experiments with and challenges long-held 'staples' of JRPG gameplay and FF gameplay. This can be seen in how XV switched to action-based combat, or how XIII was linear to deliver the feeling of being 'on the run' like the characters brandes as enemies of their world were. Meanwhile, in Zelda you swing your sword at a couple spiders or something... ooh but in Skyward Sword the wiimote is your sword! 111! 11! 1 😣😣😣

Music: Every FF has a legendary soundtrack. One-Winged Angel in FFVII, You're Not Alone in FFIX, Sunleth Waterscape in FFXIII. I ...more

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10 Mega Man

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

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

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.

My favorite.

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The Contenders

11 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

Kirby is so hideously underrated that it's a shame. Maybe it's because most of the games are on the average to short side of length, maybe it's the kid friendly [at first] aesthetic, maybe it's people that like to think that Kirby is just a different variation of Mario, or maybe there's some other reason like a lack of story - which I'd argue is far from true, because Kirby does an excellent job at being abstract and giving you very little in the way of direct story but still showing in an indirect way that there is an ABSOLUTE TON of lore connecting everything together. Whatever the case may be, people need to stop overlooking Kirby and give it more appreciation. Amazing lore, lovable vharacters, versatile gameplay, and consistently stellar soundtrack make this series more than just a beat 'em up fighter-platformer hybrid.

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12 Assassin's Creed

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.

Free roam
Unlimited fighting
Long story

I love this series, the combat is great, there is a massive open world, and a great story line. this should be such higher on the list.

Just Played AC Origins, The Best Game EVER

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13 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.

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

Absolutely amazing, one of the several reasons why PlayStation is better! - zoocksycootserana

Uncharted is the best game franchise EVER...PERIOD

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14 Metroid

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.

By far the best.

Suvierrly underrated - patfelts

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15 The Elder Scrolls

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.

Yeah! The Elder Scrolls and The Legend Of Zelda are the best games EVER! Mario's quality went down after SMG 2.

Can't believe this isn't in top 10, this is THE GREATEST FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME, rather play this than Mario, Pokemon, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto combined.

I'm surprised it's not higher on the list. It should be in the top 5.

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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

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)

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17 Tekken

Best fighting game series ever made.

Best fighting game franchise.

Better than zelda

18 Mario Kart

This is a part of Mario - TealBoyxx

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


19 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

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.

I cried.

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20 Crash Bandicoot

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

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

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21 Resident Evil

This should be way higher than assassin's Creed

It has one of the best games in the world. RESIDENT EVIL 4! HOW IS IT NUMBER 21?!

Resident evil number 1...

Resident evil forever

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22 Kingdom Hearts

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.

23 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

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24 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

25 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!

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26 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

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

Best franchise I've played, even somewhat better than Assassin's Creed or Final Fantasy in my opinion (i've also play both). And of course games like Call of Duty or Resident Evil just can't be compared with Mass Effect.
One does not simply ignore Mass Effect when he/she is a fan of universe-science-fiction games!

27 Street Fighter

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!

Its overrated as compared to Tekken but its lower than the latter on this list. - LightningBlade

28 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.

29 Need for Speed

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

Sold as many copies as FIFA and is emense fun

30 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.


31 Lord of The Rings

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 Banjo-Kazooie
33 Minecraft

Hats to say about minecraft that already hasn't been said. It's a giant ass sandbox game that has 30 million results on youtube, and has become one of the most undoubtedly influential games for a while now. The game is crammed with content and the only limit is the imagination of the player and spanned a computer, an ipod, an xbox360, and very likely the xbox one eventually.

Oh come on only 56 for millions of results if Call of Duty is higher than this then this list is kind of false

It's a great game but its not a franchise

But Minecraft is even a franchie?

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34 God of War
35 Spyro the Dragon

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

I’m only eleven almost twelve and I’ve almost played every single game from 3s to 18s but spyro 100000 percent is the best

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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

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37 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

38 Tom Clancy
39 Gran Turismo

Hell yes! This needs to be higher!

40 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

41 Shin Megami Tensei
42 Donkey Kong Country
43 Dragon Age
44 Soul Calibur
45 EarthBound

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

46 Castlevania
47 Sim City
48 WWE Smackdown vs. Raw

You can hit someone with a chair! Come on People

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49 Borderlands

One of the best ever game franchises why the hell is this so low this should be on the first page - XxViperElitexX

50 Jak and Daxter

Platforming bliss, and a shooting system that's surprisingly affective. This game series is amazing, that is all.

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