Top 10 Video Game Franchises


The Top Ten

1 The Legend of Zelda

Played the crud out of this game when I was a kid

The best here - Poke_Mon

It's truly is a LEGEND.

The most wonderful art.

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2 Mario

Mario saved the video game industry and gave the possibility for T.L.O.Z to become a reality, and almost every other game, including Sonic, Pokemon, and Halo. Mario is the highest grossing video game franchise, selling 277 million more video game copies than second place (Sonic). With almost every thing you can make into merchandise Mario has it, it is incredibly prominent today that even people who don't know what a video game is know who he is. Let's-a go!

Better than Zelda

Mario saved the video game industry lets bring him to the top

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

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3 Pokemon

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

I choose you!


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.

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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.

Great video game franchise. But its just too focused on making a big story and adding TONS and TONS of unnesecary characters.

Sonic maybe a struggling franchise with atrocities like sonic 06, sonic forces, sonic unleashed, sonic boom, but we try to look at colors, black knight, generations, and the classics

Now I have a craving for chili dogs... - GleamingShadow

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

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

I can't wait for Grand Theft Auto 6

Goat material

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.

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6 Super Smash Bros.

How is Grand Theft Auto above this, this is way better

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

The actual most ambitious crossover in history.

Biggest crossover of all time

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7 Call of Duty

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

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

Well, there is some good ones like Black ops 1 (which is my favorite call of duty game and has the best zombies of any other call of duty game), Black ops 2( Zombies sucks, Campaign is beautiful, Mulitplayer is meh), World at War( good campaign, decent multiplayer, decent zombies), and the modern warfare series( 1 and 2 had good but somewhat boring campaigns, 3 had a terrible campaign, didn't have zombies but spec ops was decent, 2 had amazing multiplayer, 1 is meh, 3 is bad but not terrible). But it went downhill when Advanced warfare, Ifinite Warfare ( question: why is almost all the call of duty games has the word warfare? ), and black ops 3 and 4( exception: 3's freerun was interesting and 4's blackout looks good but I have never played it.). Overall, it's a decent franchise

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.

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8 Halo

It's below sonic because sonic is better - GleamingShadow

How is this below sonic the hedjog

How is Call of Duty above this?

BEST GAME EVER! Way better than Call of Duty. You could headshot someone from, like,2 miles aaway from there head in Call of Duty and it would still count. While in Halo, you actuallly have to aim

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9 Kirby

We need to get kirby in the top 10

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.

Sucked me so hard my skin fell off

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!

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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.

Just Played AC Origins, The Best Game EVER

Still Hasn t played it yet

Free roam
Unlimited fighting
Long story

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The Contenders

11 Final Fantasy

This should NOT be below Sonic and Grand Theft Auto.

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

Needs to be top 3. Anyone who loves RPGs in their 30-40s played the first Final Fantasy game. Squaresoft was the best.

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

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12 Mega Man

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

So I'm guessing you think Odyssey is a bad game? Odyssey is one of the best mario games ever made! - Dragon12604

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14 Metroid

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...

Waiting for that top 3!

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

This game is for people with big pps

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15 Uncharted

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!

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

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.

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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 is the franchise that established survival horror as a genre, later created the 3rd person over the shoulder perspective, becoming the father of modern day shooters, and has reinvented itself again taking inspiration from other games like Silent Hill and Outlast to outshine the horror and survival genre now better than EVER! And still it has a long way to go. If there is a franchise that definitely isn't afraid to try new things out and can make mistakes but learn from them and appeal to its fans it’s RESIDENT EVIL!

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

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17 Fallout

At least push it to top 5

The best

Immersive and infinitely replayable.

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

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18 Crash Bandicoot

Some of my all time favorites!

Crash games suck

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


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19 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.

20 Tekken

Better than zelda

Best fighting game series ever made.

Best fighting game franchise.

21 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

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)

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

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22 Need for Speed

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

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

23 Metal Gear Solid

This needs to be higher dammit!

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.

"Colonal, Big Burger"

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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 Batman Arkham

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

This needs to be higher

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


26 Mario Kart

Should be higher - GleamingShadow

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!

This is a part of Mario - TealBoyxx

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

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27 Mass Effect

27 shouldn't be on top 100 list like what the heck people

Belongs in the top ten number!

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

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

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28 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

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29 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!

30 God of War

Way better than Zelda

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!

31 Watch Dogs
32 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

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 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 Shin Megami Tensei
36 Gran Turismo

Hell yes! This needs to be higher!

37 Banjo-Kazooie
38 Tomb Raider
39 EarthBound

Good game.

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

40 Sim City
41 Team Fortress

How is this 41

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 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.

46 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

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

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49 Donkey Kong Country
50 Forza Motorsport
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