Every Nintendo Franchise Ranked From WORST To BEST

Though Sony, Microsoft and Sega all have their own mascots and first party hits, the Nintendo family of consoles is surely the most dependent on its longstanding franchises. The NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U and Switch have brought us some fantastic game series over the years and so, from Mario to Metroid, we’re going to rank every single one of them from worst to best.

VO: Peter Austin (@ThatPeterAustin) & Ben Potter (@Confused_Dude)
Script: Philip J Reed (@NoNoiseChitChat)
Video Editor: Alex Winters (@MrSteakFace)

#Nintendo #NintendoGames #NintendoFranchises

Featured franchises:
Animal Crossing
Art Academy
Art Style
Balloon Fight
bit Generations
Brain Age
Custom Robo
Daigasso! Band Brothers
Dillon’s Rolling Western
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Konga
Dr. Mario
Famicom Grand Prix
Fire Emblem
Fossil Fighters
Game & Watch Gallery
Golden Sun
Kid Icarus
Luigi’s Mansion
Mario & Luigi
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Mario Artist
Mario Discovery Series
Mario Golf
Mario Party
Mario Tennis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Metroid Prime
New Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo Wars
Panel de Pon
Paper Mario
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Pokémon Ranger
Pokémon Rumble
Pokémon Stadium
Rhythm Heaven
Star Fox
Style Savvy / Style Boutique
Super Mario 2D Platformers
Super Mario 3D Platformers
Super Mario Kart
Super Smash Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legendary Starfy
Wave Race
Wii Fit


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  1. Stephen Walker on December 15, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    DK64 was great more enjoyable than Banjo Tooie but neither were as good as Banjo Kazooie imo.

  2. Kingo Mingo on December 15, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    No yo Kai watch, I’m disappointed

  3. Liat on December 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    PMD being this low hurts me. 😢

  4. Benjamin Dekker on December 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    You clearly know how to say Yoshi right, why say it right then tell us to f off because you know how to say it but don’t say it the way it is meant to be said. Makes your video not that interesting anymore as after two minutes in I was done and moving on. Don’t berate us because the game creator states the way you say Yoshi correctly and then tell the viewer and probably gamer to f off because we know how to say it right! Not a good way to run your channel and keep viewers interested when there are other Top 10’s out there that give an objective view and not put personal bias in what you are trying to convey.

  5. Max Prater on December 15, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Donkey Kong ’94 on Gameboy is one of the best classic Nintendo games. I’m sad DK wasn’t higher because of that great game

  6. Crock_0_ rock on December 15, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Really, Mario and sonic was that low? Me and my family played those games once a week and was a blast

  7. JermaineATL on December 15, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Where’s the odama, baten kaitos and battalion wars franchises? Lol

  8. Dreamcaster on December 15, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Bro, don’t chat shit about Pokemon Mystery Dungeon! Those games are awesome, and clearly most people agree since they have really strong user scores. Explorers of Sky sits at 8.9!!! The critics are wrong on this one, and you’ve obviously never played them

  9. Bingles Praise on December 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    As a huge Pikmin fan, I got a laugh out of "Little vegetable boys" so much that I forgive you for bringing it that low down for a ‘bad’ entry(though I kinda liked it too). It’s actually the only Nintendo series on here I have every major entry of!

  10. Sandrine Lagacé on December 15, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    I can’t remember if he talked about splatoon can someone tell me if they mentioned it

  11. Jaz Azo on December 15, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I think 2d Zelda and 3D should be separate

  12. timmy kam on December 15, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    kirby battle royale. lol

  13. Brian Curry on December 15, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    You missed several franchises. Where are Castlevania, Megaman , Metal Gear, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, etc.? Making one of these lists and leaving out series that basically made the system popular seems a little off.

  14. Sports Trap on December 15, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Can we agree that in the era of money hungry game companies putting out cash grab games that nintendo has still kept true to it’s roots and made every game (even the bad ones) with a sense of passion for the art. I really can’t name one Nintendo game where they had some huge scandal about items in the game ( *cough* EA *cough* Bethesda)

  15. Unlimited Kuudere on December 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I miss Pokémon ranger shadows of Almia

  16. The-Jaded on December 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Super Circuit actually is my personal best Mario Kart of all time for the stationary auto aim red shell alone that you can place for the next nearby opponent. That one needs to return. Also it was the experience of SNES and N64 combined and you could play it with only one cartridge with 4 players nearly everywhere. It was an absolute blast. Meanwhile, I utterly despise the controls of the Wii version. So yeah, full agree. Sadly there isn’t really a franchise around Terranigma, the best SNES game besides DKC 2 and Zombies ate my neighbors for me. Both Terranigma and Golden Sun 1, in my book, outclass like every Zelda entry by far

  17. Chris Sayus on December 15, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Man, this video really goes to show how bloody terrible video game ‘critics’ are at actually ranking games.
    Most of them pick the same cookie cutter criteria for a "good game" and just rank based off that, video games are a complex thing, like music, there’s different genres, different demographics, etc.
    You don’t see music critics basing every song they rate on the same criteria. Worst of all these people get paid heaps, to play video games.

  18. Josh Zumstien on December 15, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I loved the Art Style series on Wiiware, it doesn’t get enough respect. I would jump at an Art Style collection for Switch 😍

  19. josh engle on December 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Zelda should’ve been number 1

  20. Kaan Inc. on December 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    You guys forgot fast rmx it had 3 games fast racing league wii – fast racing neo – fast rmx switch

  21. Eser on December 15, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    11:17 See, this is funny because nine-belted armadillos do actually spread leprosy.

  22. K4RD on December 15, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I’m gonna start an argument in the comments about how you say "yoshi"

  23. JellyDish on December 15, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    How come 2d and 3d Zelda are clumped together but mario 3d, 2d and new 2d platforming games are separate?

  24. Brendan Lafferty on December 15, 2020 at 10:25 pm


  25. Eric 9371 on December 15, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I loved Fossil Fighters (even the third one but not as much as the first two). I feel like this game has a lot of promise and I really hope Nintendo picks up this "dead" franchise

  26. That guy who says hi on December 15, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    We all know Kid Icarus is the best one

  27. Joniel Joestar za warudo on December 15, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Yo where the hell is Mario Strikers at?

  28. Pilotwings 65 on December 15, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Look, it’s me! 21:21

  29. Angel V. on December 15, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Shout out fire emblem

  30. Kelton Smith on December 15, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Whatculture is the better watchmojo, triplejump is the better whatculture

  31. Pepe el Ghetto on December 15, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    So not only my dear fire emblem isnt even top 10, but shitty pokemon is 🙂 And zelda isnt top 1…

  32. Jared the Rabbit on December 15, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    You know your childhood was rough when you remember playing Pokémon Rumble, see this video and you’re still not even a quarter of the way on the list.

  33. StoMoComedoPro on December 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    your like the youtuber called copycat. LOL! A Copycat of Copycat 🤣🤣🤣

  34. KennyTew2 on December 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Donkey Kong 64 is NOT part of the Donkey Kong Country series! How can you tell? It’s not called Donkey Kong Country!

    Why didn’t you also split Zelda into 2d and 3D? Not as bad as the DK decision, but still bollocks!

  35. Sclorp The plorp on December 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Balloon fight for smash

  36. Xyithan on December 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Two words: Mario Galaxy

  37. timmy kam on December 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    i think theyve lost touch.

  38. Cole Leggett on December 15, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Zelda is overrated. Not sorry

  39. Jerome on December 15, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Donkey Kong Country should have been separate from DK64.

    And "most" console series should have been separated from their portable counterparts. Like DK Land and the Mario Gameboy series.

  40. GaminGlaceon3707 on December 15, 2020 at 10:38 pm


  41. joppe on December 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    So why are games just a little below 70% considered dissapointing? Isn’t 70% a decent score? It’s quite a lot above average

  42. Zach Cig on December 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Ranking by critic scores isn’t a great representation of what franchises are better than others

  43. Domenic Salemi on December 15, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    This guy is so Uncharismatic

  44. Nicholas Waite on December 15, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    disliking for the pronunciation of yoshi

  45. Daniel Martinez on December 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Uh… What happened to Castlevania?

  46. autism 23 on December 15, 2020 at 10:44 pm


  47. CRISTIAN MASTROCICCO on December 15, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    I actually really liked Pokemon Rumble and Super Pokemon Rumble, but unfortunately the series went downhill soon after. I hope they’ll make a sequel for Switch

  48. Awoke Alwa on December 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    This is just a popularity list lol

  49. TMG on December 15, 2020 at 10:54 pm


  50. Erik W. on December 15, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    The Rhythm Heaven series has at least four entries…

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