Halo Tops Guinness' "Top 50" Video Game Franchises

Posted: May 6 2010, 11:55pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:58pm CDT, in News | Gaming

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The results are in for the Guinness Video Game world records poll to determine the top video game franchises of all time. At the top, it wasn't Mario or Sonic; it's the Xbox-exclusive Halo.

In fact, Mario didn't even make the top 5. Although, the way the voting was set up, votes for Mario ended up being spread out across different selections, like Mario Kart and Mario Party, as well as Super Mario Bros, which reached #6.

Sonic the Hedgehog didn't even show up until the 15th spot. It appears as though gamers are very time-sensitive, as most of the iconic franchises that have lasted over 20 years were relegated to spots way down on the list.

Meanwhile, games like Call of Duty, Metal Gear, and Gears of War were most prominent. Take this poll in another year, though, and the list would probably be completely different.

Here's the entire top 50 list:

1. Halo
2. Call of Duty
3. The Legend of Zelda
4. Guitar Hero
5. Metal Gear
6. Super Mario Bros.
7. World of Warcraft
8. Gears of War
9. Super Smash Bros.
10. Grand Theft Auto
11. Pokemon
12. Resident Evil
13. Fallout
14. Half-Life
15. Sonic the Hedgehog
16. Counter-Strike
17. Runescape
18. FIFA
19. Kingdom Hearts
20. Final Fantasy
21. Pac-Man
22. Madden NFL
23. The Sims
24. Tomb Raider
25. WWE Smackdown vs. RAW
26. Rock Band
27. LittleBigPlanet
28. Saints Row
29. The Elder Scrolls
30. God of War
31. GoldenEye 007
32. BioShock
33. KillZone
34. Skate
35. Left 4 Dead
36. Need for Speed
37. Chrono Trigger
38. Gran Turismo
39. StarCraft
40. Ratchet & Clank
41. Pong
42. Tom Clancy's
43. Star Wars: Battlefront
44. Battlefield
45. Diablo
46. Lego Batman
47. Mario Kart
48. Burnout
49. Crash Bandicoot
50. Pro Evolution Soccer

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