Top 10 Best Video Game Franchises

1) Mario

Mario had to earn the number one spot on the list for the sheer fact it is far and away the best-selling video game franchise ever. When you combine sales from all of the Mario franchises such as Super Mario, Mario Party, Mario Sports, Mario Kart, and Mario RPGs, you get nearly 500 million copies sold. The next best-selling franchise is Pokémon which had around 260 million copies sold as of October 2013. That's a pretty big gap…

Mario has been the staple of Nintendo for decades. The character has appeared in over 250 video games throughout his lengthy career. The first Super Mario Bros. on NES ranks in the top five best selling games ever with over 40 million copies sold alone. Mario Kart Wii is right behind it with over 35 million copies. New Super Mario Bros. also ranks in the top 10 all time best sellers with over 30 million.

Unlike other game franchises, there doesn't seem to be one Mario game that stands out as the agreed upon number one favorite. Some gamers love Super Mario Bros. 3 the best. Others love Super Mario World. Others are Mario Kart fans while others adore playing Mario Party with groups of friends. Then there's Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Galaxy. The list of amazing games is huge! I don't think there can be any argument that Mario has made the biggest impact on the video game industry as both a character and a franchise.


The mark of a truly great video game franchise is the ability to keep fans wanting more. The franchises on this list have churned out titles year after year that have continued to sell and many of them have titles which are considered to rank among the best video games ever produced. There are tons of highly successful video game franchises so it's not easy to narrow it down to just 10. Many factors were considered when determining inclusion on this list including review scores, sales, total number of games released, number of years the franchise has been operating, and their overall impact on the gaming industry.

Posted: 28th Feb 2014 by Alexander Hinkley