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.


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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

Forget the legend of Zelda, kirby and sonic, because Mario makes them look like overrated games, without Mario, Nintendo is nothing at all. The Mario games have loads of genres and these are the games that have them.

Luigi's mansion-horror

New super Mario bros-platformer

Mario party-luck based

Paper Mario-RPG

They are a few I can think of, but the Mario series definitely has more. The games are full of fun characters, and Nintendo even gave Mario sports games like Mario strikers, Mario kart (maybe not a sports one), etc. Instead of riding massive vehicles that don't last long instead Mario has yoshi, a cute, green dinosaur that has an orange saddle on his back for Mario to ride on. Mario doesn't need big swords or shields on ssb like link to fight, he can use his fireballs and F.L.U.D. D to knock the enemy off the stage. Mario was the first character Nintendo ever made, and is the most popular one right now. On his adventures (especially paper Mario ...more

Stop telling people to forget a video game they can play what ever they want - Hummingbirdf

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 saved the video game industry lets bring him to the top

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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. Pokรฉmon has the most replay ability I've ever seen in a video game and has always been one of my all time favorites.

Pokemon is very fun with over 800 monsters to collect, different regions to explore and stories ranging in quality Pokemon is great and deserves its title as the highest grossing media franchise of all time.

Why do people vote for Call of Duty?

#1 best game ever even though the nat dex is gone plus lets go Pikachu is awesome ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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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

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

I like sonic I know he has a lot of bad games but he has a lot of good games but everyone has different options

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5 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.

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

Every single game that comes out, the franchise gets better

I canโ€™t wait for Grand Theft Auto 6 and when Grand Theft Auto 6 comes out it will destroy the internet because of all the people buying. Right now FORNITE is number 1 just wait for Grand Theft Auto 6 people FORNITE will go to the ground.

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6 Super Smash Bros.

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

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

The actual most ambitious crossover in history.

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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 WAS good. But now they charge you to have a crosshair

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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.

How is this below sonic the hedjog

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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

We need to get kirby in the top 10

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10 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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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 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.

Sonic should not be above this let alone so high above this

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12 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

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.

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13 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.

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

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

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

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14 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.

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.

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

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15 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.

Waiting for that top 3!

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16 Resident Evil

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

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

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17 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

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

At least push it to top 5

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18 Crash Bandicoot

Crash games suck

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

Some of my all time favorites!

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

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19 Tekken

Best fighting game series ever made.

Best fighting game franchise.

Better than zelda

20 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.

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!

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


22 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

23 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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24 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.

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

A dead franchise. Impressive but already dead.

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25 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

26 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

This needs to be higher


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

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

Belongs in the top ten number!

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28 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!

29 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

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

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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 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

This series should be in top ten!

33 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!


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

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.


35 Shin Megami Tensei
36 Gran Turismo

Hell yes! This needs to be higher!

37 Banjo-Kazooie
38 Tomb Raider
39 Sim City
40 EarthBound

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

Good game.

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.

42 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

43 Conflict Desert Storm
44 EA Sports EA Sports

Should be higher! This is the best sports franchise!

45 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.

This should be in the top 3

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 Soul Calibur

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

48 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

"This was a triumph"
(I'm making a note here, huge success)
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction

49 Donkey Kong Country
50 Forza Motorsport
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