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Top Five Longest Running Franchises

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Nexus Grunt
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Nexus Grunt
Posted on 09 July 17 at 14:28
The series that have withstood the test of time

Please click here to read the story: Top Five Longest Running Franchises
Friggin Grease
Posted on 09 July 17 at 14:44
Wolfenstein kicks ass
Minchy Munchkin
Posted on 09 July 17 at 14:55, Edited on 09 July 17 at 15:01 by Minchy Munchkin
Gotta be honest, that's quite a dull article! Dunno if that's down to the titles included or that because it's limited to xbox one releases. But like was said, the list would be populated by 70's arcade games or Nintendo titles if it wasn't xbox specific.

Also, Bomberman has had a 2017 release on Nintendo, so the franchise is still going and would beat most of your top 5. If you're looking back at a series starting on a different platform, you probably should look at what platform they're on now if there has been an xbox release in the middle somewhere.
There is no theory of evolution, just a list of animals that Chuck Norris allows to survive.
FightingMegaFoo
Posted on 09 July 17 at 14:57
Friggin Grease said:
Wolfenstein kicks ass
Zukape
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Zukape
Posted on 09 July 17 at 15:06
All the way Castlevania... And yet I never played any of castlevania games on Xbox lol.
Dark Sonic X6
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Dark Sonic X6
Posted on 09 July 17 at 15:21
Great article. And surprised by gianna sisters series.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Twobby
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Twobby
Posted on 09 July 17 at 16:09
That reminds me to play Wolfenstein and Doom. I haven't touched any of the newer versions.
Quickdontdie
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Quickdontdie
Posted on 09 July 17 at 16:11, Edited on 09 July 17 at 16:12 by Quickdontdie
Wow RBI Baseball graphics haven't changed at all /s
iMaginaryy
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iMaginaryy
Posted on 09 July 17 at 16:24
Friggin Grease said:
Wolfenstein kicks ass
Fear is the mindkiller.
KenH2k4
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KenH2k4
Posted on 09 July 17 at 17:19
I had RBI baseball for NES and loved that game! I put a ton of hours into that during my childhood
blueracer442
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blueracer442
Posted on 09 July 17 at 17:28
I think this article would be better of or only counted franchises that had consistent releases. Having Giana Sisters and RBI baseball sorta sucks since they had almost 20 years between releases.
reforc3
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reforc3
Posted on 09 July 17 at 17:30
and... where is FIFA?

people will ask.
@ReForce
Allgorhythm
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Allgorhythm
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:11, Edited on 09 July 17 at 18:23 by Allgorhythm
So we've decided to look at those long-standing franchises that have evolved with each iteration and are still played today — meaning that they have a recent release or have a planned release coming soon. With those simple qualifications in place, here are the top five most enduring franchises.
The Castle Wolfenstein Series and the Wolfenstein 3D series, though exceptional games that have made their mark on video game history, are not a single franchise. Muse Software developed the original Castle Wolfenstein. It was ported to multiple platforms as was its sequel, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein. Muse Software went out of business in 1987 and allowed the trademark to lapse.

So, when id Software started development on a 3D game inspired by the 2D Castle Wolfenstein, they found the Wolfenstein name available for use and picked it up. Although the id Software developers are forthright in stating that Castle Wolfenstein was their inspiration, there is no formal licensing link that would establish the games as belonging to the same franchise.

Bethesda that is the current Wolfenstein 3D franchise owner having acquired id Software has no ownership of the Castle Wolfenstein intellectual property. So, the Wolfenstein 3D franchise is 'only' 25 years old. The franchise is alive and well and Bethesda will release Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus this October.

Even if you say, Wolfenstein games, though not a single franchise, have been around for 35 years; they are not number 1. The real number one, The Oregon Trail, has been around for over 45 years:

https://www.mobygames.com/game/oregon-trail

This franchise is over forty-five years old and still being played. There are a dozen games on countless platforms in the franchise. TA members can earn achievements in one of the remakes:

The Oregon Trail (WP)
Lots a LOUD
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Lots a LOUD
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:24, Edited on 10 July 17 at 15:25 by Lots a LOUD
Donkey Kong from 1981, Mario from 1985
o DEEVIUS o
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o DEEVIUS o
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:27
Not as old, and not a new one planned (but there obviously will be) but the Fallout series has made some significant progression since '97

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RybzRPk61oE/maxresdefault.jpg
HawkeyeBarry20
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:30
Lots a LOUD said:
Donkey Kong from 1980, Mario from 1985
I just read to title of the acrticle and scrolled down and was confused bc I was thinking this all the way.
Allgorhythm
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Allgorhythm
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:53, Edited on 09 July 17 at 18:57 by Allgorhythm
Lots a LOUD said:
Donkey Kong from 1980 1981, Mario from 1985
I actually consider Donkey Kong to be the first game in the Mario franchise. Following Donkey Kong, Mario next appeared in the arcade Mario Bros. (1983) before appearing in Super Mario (1985).
Allgorhythm
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Allgorhythm
Posted on 09 July 17 at 18:59, Edited on 09 July 17 at 19:00 by Allgorhythm
HawkeyeBarry20 said:
Lots a LOUD said:
Donkey Kong from 1980, Mario from 1985
I just read to title of the acrticle and scrolled down and was confused bc I was thinking this all the way.
I thought to qualify that the franchise must have at least one game on TA. However, there are other franchises like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaxian/Galaga that are even older than Donkey Kong. These three franchises all have games on TA and have games that are still being played including recent releases.
FailedSeppuku
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FailedSeppuku
Posted on 09 July 17 at 19:07, Edited on 09 July 17 at 19:11 by FailedSeppuku
How about Pang! 1989 (aka Pomping World/Buster Bro's), Hudsonsoft again and recently released a nostalgia filled One title last year!

edit: I had to look up when Q*Bert was released (1982) but that also got a One title in 2016.
Glynniepoos
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Glynniepoos
Posted on 09 July 17 at 19:09
Elite is probably worth a mention, even though there have only been four games in total, from the original Elite in 1984 (widely released on just about every major platform at the time) to Elite: Dangerous in 2015.

Although, there was a near 20-year gap between the third and fourth games...
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