What are the best video game series of all time? We have taken a closer look at best selling franchises to point out the best of them. Let’s go through this topic to find out the answer to this question!
Some spanning over a decade, video game franchises have become cherished storylines within the gaming community. Deciding on the best game series is challenging with so many distinctive competitors, but we had a go at it anyway! With the past two decades producing biggest video game franchises non stop we could discuss them all equally. To narrow them down, we have looked more closely at best selling games that simultaneously have huge fan bases. This is to help us decide on our top 7 best video game series.
Original release date: July 9, 1981
Mario first appeared in 1981 in the original Donkey Kong, before starring in Mario Bros., followed by the Super Mario series of platform games. The character was created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and has since become the official mascot of Nintendo, owner of the trademark. The games are developed by various Nintendo studios. The Mario franchise has expanded into other game genres, including racing, sports, party, puzzle, and role-playing games. It has also found success in numerous other media, including three animated television series, comic books, manga, a film and other merchandise. It is currently the best-selling video game franchise of all time. It is also the oldest in the 100 million+ group.
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Original release date: January 29, 1988
Tetris is a falling-blocks puzzle video game created by Soviet game designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. It was later commercialized and released on a vast spectrum of platforms, from video game consoles and computers to mobile devices and calculators, with the version bundled with the Game Boy selling over 35 million units, while mobile versions had seen over 425 million paid downloads by 2014. It is the most successful video game franchise to originate from Russia and the former Soviet Union, the best-selling puzzle video game series and the best-selling video game franchise not owned by Nintendo.
Call of Duty
Original release date: October 29, 2003
Call of Duty is a series of first-person shooter video games. The series is published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, Gray Matter Interactive, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Neversoft and High Moon Studios. With new games in the series released annually to blockbuster-level sales, the series is verified by the Guinness World Records as the best-selling first-person shooter game series. It is also the most successful video game franchise created in the United States. In addition to main series sales, there have been over 500 million downloads of the mobile spin-off Call of Duty: Mobile.
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Original release date: February 27, 1996
Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, founder and president of Game Freak, in 1996 as a role-playing video game for the Game Boy handheld game console, soon turning into one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. The franchise as a whole includes an anime series, various manga, a trading card game, toys, merchandise, books, over twenty films (one of the highest-grossing animated film series), and other media. It is produced by The Pokémon Company, which is a joint venture by the three companies holding the rights to Pokémon: Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, while Nintendo owns the trademark.
Grand Theft Auto
Original release date: October 21, 1997
Grand Theft Auto is an open-world action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and Mike Dailly; the later titles of which were created by brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut. It is primarily developed by Scottish developer Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, and consists of eleven stand-alone games and four expansion packs. Grand Theft Auto is the most successful video game franchise originating from the United Kingdom and is the best-selling action-adventure and open-world series. The most recent entry, Grand Theft Auto V, is the second best-selling video game of all time with over 150 million copies shipped.
Original release date: Christmas 1993
FIFA is a series of association football-based sports video games, released yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand. It is the first to have an official license from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), the international governing body of football.
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Original release date: November 18, 2011
Minecraft is a sandbox and survival video game originally created by Swedish game designer Markus “Notch” Persson and developed by Mojang. Originally a computer indie game made using Java, it has since been ported to game consoles and mobile devices. It was bought by Microsoft Studios in November 2014. It is the most successful video game franchise to originate in Sweden and the single best-selling game of all time.
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