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7 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time

Posted on Monday, April 22 @ 16:00:00 Eastern by Alex_Osborn



1. Super Mario Bros.

Honestly, did you think the iconic Italian plumber wouldn't make it in the top spot? Mario and his (slightly inferior) brother make up the most iconic and recognizable duo in all of gaming. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of Nintendo's most valuable and profitable franchise. Since the Super Mario Bros. series got its start on the NES, it has gone on to branch beyond the traditional 2D platformer to racing, party, puzzle, and several other genres.

Sure, Nintendo is guilty of milking the franchise for all it's worth, but consumers continue to buy more Mario games, so can you really blame them? After decades and decades of side-scrolling goodness, the series still has yet to lose its allure, and for that reason, it deserves the spot at number one.

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