This is a list of notable longest-running video game franchises. To qualify for this list, a video game franchise must have seen regular releases, with no more than 10 year-long gaps in-between, for at least 25 years, from a franchise's first release to its most recent. Only franchises that started out as a video game are listed; therefore, licensed video games and video games based upon other media are not listed. Ports, translations, downloadable content, re-releases, and compilations are not considered new entries. Remakes (i.e., games with significant differences in graphics or game play or some new features) and expansion sets which received retail releases are considered new entries in a series.

Titles

Rank Franchise First release Latest release Owner Length
1 The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail
May 1978[Note 1]
The Oregon Trail
April 2, 2021
MECC 42 years, 11 months
2 Pac-Man Pac-Man
July 1980
Pac-Man Museum +
May 26, 2022
Bandai Namco Entertainment 41 years, 10 months
3 Mario Donkey Kong
July 1981
Mario Strikers: Battle League
June 10, 2022
Nintendo 40 years, 11 months
4 Nobunaga's Ambition Nobunaga no Yabō
March 1983
Nobunaga's Ambition: Rebirth
July 21, 2022
Koei Tecmo 39 years, 4 months
5 Galaxian Galaxian
October 1979
Galaga Revenge
January 8, 2019
Bandai Namco Entertainment 39 years, 3 months
6 Space Invaders Space Invaders
June 1978
Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders
May 17, 2017
Taito (Square Enix) 38 years, 11 months
7 Wolfenstein Castle Wolfenstein
September 1981
Wolfenstein: Youngblood
July 25, 2019
id Software 37 years, 10 months
8 BurgerTime BurgerTime
August 25, 1982
BurgerTime Party!
October 8, 2019
Marvelous 37 years, 1 month
9 Dragon Quest Dragon Quest
May 27, 1986
Dragon Quest Tact
July 16, 2020
Square Enix 34 years, 1 month
10 Kunio-kun Renegade
May 1986
Kunio-kun no Sangokushi dayo: Zeiin Shūgō!
December 16, 2021
Arc System Works 35 years, 7 months
11 The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda
February 21, 1986
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
July 16, 2021
Nintendo 35 years, 4 months
12 Street Fighter Street Fighter
August 12, 1987
Capcom Fighting Collection
June 24, 2022
Capcom 34 years, 10 months
13 A-Train A-Train
December 1985
A-Train All Aboard! Tourism
March 12, 2021
Artdink 35 years, 3 months
14 Reader Rabbit Reader Rabbit
1983
Reader Rabbit: Jumpsmarter
September 25, 2018
The Learning Company 35 years, 2 months
15 Metroid Metroid
August 6, 1986
Metroid Dread
October 8, 2021
Nintendo 35 years, 2 months
16 Megami Tensei Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
September 11, 1987
Shin Megami Tensei V
November 11, 2021
Atlus 34 years, 2 months
17 Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
August 1986
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey
May 20, 2021
Taito (Square Enix) 34 years, 9 months
18 Final Fantasy Final Fantasy
December 18, 1987
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
March 18, 2022
Square Enix 34 years, 3 months
19 Daisenryaku Gendai Daisenryaku
November, 1985
Gendai Daisenryaku 2020: Shaking World Order! Ambition of the Great Powers and World War 2020
February 27, 2020
SystemSoft Alpha 34 years, 3 months
20 Shadowgate Shadowgate
July 30, 1987
Shadowgate VR: The Mines of Mythrok
October 7, 2021
Zojoi 34 years, 1 month
21 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Romance of the Three Kingdoms
December 1985
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV
January 16, 2020
Koei Tecmo 34 years, 1 month
22 Carmen Sandiego Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
April 23, 1985
Carmen Sandiego: The Crown Jewels Caper
March 14, 2019
The Learning Company 33 years, 10 months
23 Bomberman Bomber Man
July 1983
Super Bomberman R
March 3, 2017
Konami 33 years, 8 months
24 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong
July 9, 1981
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
March 5, 2015
Nintendo 33 years, 7 months
25 Phantasy Star Phantasy Star
December 20, 1987
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
June 9, 2021
Sega 33 years, 5 months
26 Leisure Suit Larry Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
July 5, 1987
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice
October 23, 2020
Assemble Entertainment 33 years, 3 months
27 Wizardry Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
September 1981
Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry
December 22, 2014
Gamepot 33 years, 3 months
28 Blaster Master Blaster Master
June 17, 1988
Blaster Master Zero 3
July 29, 2021
Sunsoft, Inti Creates 33 years, 1 month
29 Castlevania Castlevania
September 26, 1986
Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls
September 20, 2019
Konami 32 years, 11 months
30 Lode Runner Lode Runner
July 31, 1984
Lode Runner Legacy
July 13, 2017
Hudson Soft, Tozai Games 32 years, 11 months
31 Tetris Tetris
June 6, 1984
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
December 8, 2020
The Tetris Company 32 years, 10 months
32 Contra Contra
February 21, 1987
Contra: Rogue Corps
September 24, 2019
Konami 32 years, 7 months
33 Mega Man Mega Man
December 17, 1987
Rockman X DiVE
March 24, 2020
Capcom 32 years, 3 months
34 Fire Emblem Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
April 20, 1990
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
June 24, 2022
Nintendo 32 years, 2 months
35 Ys Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished
June 21, 1987
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
September 16, 2019
Nihon Falcom 32 years, 2 months
36 Momotaro Dentetsu Momotaro Dentetsu
December 2, 1988
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
November 19, 2020
Konami 31 years, 11 months
37 Blaster Learning System Math Blaster!
1983
Math Blaster Premium
May 15, 2015
Knowledge Adventure 31 years, 10 months
38 The Legend of Heroes Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
December 10, 1989
The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki
September 30, 2021
Nihon Falcom 31 years, 9 months
39 Family Stadium Pro Baseball: Family Stadium
December 10, 1986
Pro Baseball: Famista Evolution
August 2, 2018
Bandai Namco Entertainment 31 years, 7 months
40 SaGa The Final Fantasy Legend
December 15, 1989
SaGa Frontier Remastered
April 29, 2021
Square Enix 31 years, 4 months
41 Jake Hunter Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Shinjuku Chūō Kōen Satsujin Jiken
April 27, 1987
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Prism of Eyes
August 9, 2018
Arc System Works 31 years, 3 months
42 Raiden Raiden
April 1990
Raiden IV x Mikado Remix
May 6, 2021
UFO Interactive Games 31 years, 1 month
43 Arkanoid Arkanoid
July 1986
Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders
May 17, 2017
Taito (Square Enix) 30 years, 10 months
44 Golden Tee Golden Tee
1989
Golden Tee Mobile
October 28, 2019
Incredible Technologies 30 years, 9 months
45 Metal Gear Metal Gear
July 7, 1987
Metal Gear Survive
February 20, 2018
Konami 30 years, 7 months
46 Super Robot Wars Super Robot Taisen
April 20, 1991
Super Robot Wars 30
October 28, 2021
Bandai Namco Entertainment 30 years, 6 months
47 Xuan-Yuan Sword Xuan-Yuan Sword
October 13, 1990
Xuan-Yuan Sword 7
October 6, 2020
Softstar 29 years, 11 months
48 Kirby Kirby's Dream Land
April 27, 1992
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
March 25, 2022
Nintendo 29 years, 10 months
49 Double Dragon Double Dragon
April 22, 1987
Double Dragon IV
January 29, 2017
Arc System Works 29 years, 9 months
50 Uncharted Waters Uncharted Waters
May 1990
Daikoukai Jidai VI
September 26, 2019
Koei Tecmo 29 years, 4 months
51 Spy Hunter Spy Hunter
June 11, 1983
Spy Hunter
October 9, 2012
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 29 years, 3 months
52 Puyo Puyo Puyo Puyo
October 25, 1991
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
December 8, 2020
Sega 29 years, 1 month
53 Derby Stallion Derby Stallion: Best Race
December 21, 1991
Derby Stallion
December 3, 2020
Kadokawa Corporation 28 years, 11 months
54 Gauntlet Gauntlet
October 15, 1985
Gauntlet
September 23, 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 28 years, 11 months
55 Prince of Persia Prince of Persia
October 3, 1989
Prince of Persia: Escape
September 27, 2018
Ubisoft 28 years, 11 months
56 Darius Darius
February 1987
Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours
November 30, 2015
Taito 28 years, 9 months
57 Mana Final Fantasy Adventure
June 28, 1991
Trials of Mana
April 24, 2020
Square Enix 28 years, 9 months
58 Might and Magic Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum
1986
Might & Magic Heroes VII
September 29, 2015
Ubisoft 28 years, 8 months
59 Rance Rance: Hikari Quest
July 15, 1989
Rance X: Decisive Battle
February 23, 2018
Alicesoft 28 years, 7 months
60 Fire Pro Wrestling Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag
June 22, 1989
Fire Pro Wrestling World
December 18, 2017
Spike Chunsoft 28 years, 5 months
61 Winning Post Winning Post
January 14, 1993
Winning Post 9 2021
April 15, 2021
Koei Tecmo 28 years, 3 months
62 TwinBee TwinBee
March 5, 1985
Line GoGo! TwinBee
May 20, 2013
Konami 28 years, 2 months
63 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog
June 23, 1991
Sonic Frontiers
2022
Sega 27 years, 10 months
64 Lemmings Lemmings
February 14, 1991
Lemmings
December 20, 2018
Sony Interactive Entertainment 27 years, 10 months
65 Hoyle Hoyle's Official Book of Games: Volume 1
1989
Hoyle Official Casino Games
October 13, 2016
Encore, Inc. 27 years, 9 months
66 Virtua Fighter Virtua Fighter
October, 1993
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown
June 1, 2021
Sega 27 years, 8 months
67 Wario Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
January 21, 1994
WarioWare: Get It Together!
September 10, 2021
Nintendo 27 years, 7 months
68 The King of Fighters The King of Fighters '94
August 25, 1994
The King of Fighters XV
February 17, 2022
SNK 27 years, 5 months
69 Tokimeki Memorial Tokimeki Memorial
May 27, 1994
Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 4th Heart
October 28, 2021
Konami 27 years, 5 months
70 Civilization Civilization
September 1991
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
February 14, 2019
Take-Two Interactive 27 years, 5 months
71 Shining Shining in the Darkness
March 28, 1991
Shining Resonance Refrain
July 10, 2018
Sega 27 years, 3 months
72 Yoshi Yoshi
December 14, 1991
Yoshi's Crafted World
March 29, 2019
Nintendo 27 years, 3 months
73 Myst Myst
September 24, 1993
Myst
December 20, 2020
Cyan Worlds 27 years, 2 months
74 Star Soldier Star Soldier
June 13, 1986
Star Soldier for GREE
June 20, 2013
Konami 27 years
75 Metal Max Metal Max
May 24, 1991
Metal Max Xeno
April 19, 2018
Enterbrain 26 years, 10 months
76 Babylonian Castle Saga The Tower of Druaga
June 1984
The Labyrinth of Druaga
January 13, 2011
Bandai Namco Entertainment 26 years, 7 months
77 Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat
October 8, 1992
Mortal Kombat 11
April 23, 2019
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 26 years, 6 months
78 Itadaki Street Itadaki Street: Watashi no Omise no Yottette
March 21, 1991
Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
October 19, 2017
Square Enix 26 years, 6 months
79 Buster Bros. Buster Bros.
November, 1989
Pang Adventures
April 18, 2016
Dotemu 26 years, 5 months
80 Mystery Dungeon Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon
September 19, 1993
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
March 6, 2020
Spike Chunsoft 26 years, 5 months
81 Power Pros Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū '94
March 11, 1994
eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyū 2020
July 9, 2020
Konami 26 years, 3 months
82 Doom Doom
December 10, 1993
Doom Eternal
March 20, 2020
id Software 26 years, 3 months
83 Sword and Fairy The Legend of Sword and Fairy
July 7, 1995
Sword and Fairy 7
October 22, 2021
Softstar 26 years, 3 months
84 Wipeout Wipeout
September 29, 1995
wipEout Rush
January 18, 2022
Sony Interactive Entertainment 26 years, 3 months
85 eFootball J.League Jikkyou Winning Eleven
July 21, 1995
eFootball 2022
September 30, 2021
Konami 26 years, 2 months
86 The Elder Scrolls The Elder Scrolls: Arena
March 25, 1994
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
May 12, 2020
Bethesda Game Studios 26 years, 1 month
87 Gradius Gradius
May 29, 1985
Gradius the Slot
July 2011
Konami 26 years, 1 month
88 Warcraft Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
November 23, 1994
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
November 23, 2020
Blizzard Entertainment 26 years
89 Pokémon Pokémon Red and Green (Blue)
February 27, 1996
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
January 28, 2022
Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
25 years, 11 months
90 The Black Bass The Black Bass
1986
Super Black Bass 3D
October 6, 2011
Rising Star Games 25 years, 9 months
91 Tales Tales of Phantasia
December 15, 1995
Tales of Arise
September 10, 2021
Bandai Namco Entertainment 25 years, 8 months
92 194X 1942
November 30, 1984
1942: First Strike
July 1, 2010
Capcom 25 years, 7 months
93 The House of the Dead The House of the Dead
September 13, 1996
The House of the Dead: Remake
April 7, 2022
Sega 25 years, 6 months
94 Test Drive Test Drive
1987
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends
July 3, 2012
Rombax Games 25 years, 6 months
95 Goemon Mr. Goemon
May 1986
Ganbare Goemon Pachisuro 2
September 2011
Konami 25 years, 4 months
96 Metal Slug Metal Slug
April 19, 1996
Metal Slug: Commander
August 19, 2021
SNK 25 years, 4 months
97 SimCity SimCity
October 3, 1989
SimCity BuildIt
December 15, 2014
Electronic Arts 25 years, 2 months
98 Resident Evil Resident Evil
March 22, 1996
Resident Evil Village
May 7, 2021
Capcom 25 years, 1 month
99 Worms Worms
November 17, 1995
Worms Rumble
December 1, 2020
Team17 25 years
100 Speedball Speedball
November 10, 1988
Speedball HD
December 5, 2013
Rebellion Developments 25 years

Notes

  1. ^ The game was first made available within one US school in December 1971, but its first public release was in May 1978.

See also