Best 10 Nintendo Franchises

By:  Focus On Trends

Super Mario

Mario, Nintendo's premier franchise, remains unmatched for over four decades, delivering diverse hits with innovative gameplay in each new installment.

The Legend of Zelda

Zelda's impeccable track record, barring CD-i titles, showcases a series of masterpieces, from classics to modern hits like Tears of the Kingdom and Breath of the Wild.


Pokemon sits at the pinnacle of sales success, yet recent mainline games struggle with technical issues and a need for innovation. While not bad, they fall slightly short of greatness.

Smash Bros

Masahiro Sakurai's Smash Bros. continues to excel, improving with each new release. However, its formula, like Pokemon's, has seen limited changes since its late '90s debut

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing may not suit everyone's taste, but for cozy game enthusiasts, it ranks among the genre's best. While longer support for New Horizons would be appreciated


Nintendo's abundance of fantastic franchises can lead to neglect, as seen with Metroid. Samus' outings have been limited, but when she returns, the adventures are generally stellar

Mother (EarthBound)

Many wish for a new Mother game, but the series is cherished as is. It provided a unique RPG experience at its release and remains distinct.

Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem took time to reach the West, but it gained popularity, bringing tactical RPGs to a new audience. While in a niche genre, it thrives with several highly popular games.


Pikmin stands out as one of Nintendo's most unique and innovative franchises, continually reinventing itself with each new release, even if it's not the most profitable


Splatoon showcases Nintendo's ability to transform a traditionally violent genre into something remarkably wholesome and refreshing.

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