List of longest-running video game franchises

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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 for at least twenty-five years, from a franchise's first release to its most recent. Only franchises that started out as a video game are listed; therefore, 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) and expansion sets which received retail releases are considered new entries in a series.

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Franchise First release Latest release Publisher Length
The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail
December 3, 1971
The Oregon Trail
April 2, 2021
MECC 49 years, 3 months
Pac-Man Pac-Man
July 1980
Pac-Man 99
April 7, 2021
Bandai Namco Entertainment 40 years, 9 months
Mario Donkey Kong
July 9, 1981
Mario Party Superstars
October 29, 2021
Nintendo 40 years, 3 months
Galaxian Galaxian
October 1979
Galaga Revenge
January 8, 2019
Bandai Namco Entertainment 39 years, 3 months
Space Invaders Space Invaders
June 1978
Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders
May 17, 2017
Taito (Square Enix) 38 years, 11 months
Frogger Frogger
June 5, 1981
Frogger In Toy Town
September 20, 2019
Konami 38 years, 3 months
Wolfenstein Castle Wolfenstein
September 1981
Wolfenstein: Youngblood
July 25, 2019
id Software 37 years, 11 months
Microsoft Flight Simulator Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0
November 1982
Microsoft Flight Simulator
August 18, 2020
Microsoft 37 years, 9 months
Q*bert Q*bert
October 18, 1982
Q*bert
October 11, 2019
Gottlieb, Sony Pictures 36 years, 11 months
Elite Elite
September 20, 1984
Elite Dangerous Odyssey
May 19, 2021
Frontier Developments 36 years, 7 months
Sokoban Sokoban
December, 1982
Minna no Sokoban
May 23, 2019
Thinking Rabbit 36 years, 5 months
Reader Rabbit Reader Rabbit
1983
Reader Rabbit: Jumpsmarter
September 25, 2018
The Learning Company 35 years, 2 months
Metroid Metroid
August 6, 1986
Metroid Dread
October 8, 2021
Nintendo 35 years, 2 months
Bomberman Bakudan Otoko Bomber Man
July 1983
Bombergirl
August 30, 2018
Konami 35 years, 1 month
Wonder Boy Wonder Boy
April 1986
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World
March, 2021
Sega 34 years, 11 months
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble
August 1986
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey
May 20, 2021
Taito (Square Enix) 34 years, 9 months
Nobunaga's Ambition Nobunaga no Yabō
March 1983
Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi
November 30, 2017
Koei Tecmo 34 years, 8 months
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda
February 21, 1986
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
November 20, 2020
Nintendo 34 years, 8 months
Daisenryaku Gendai Daisenryaku
November, 1985
Gendai Daisenryaku 2020
February 27, 2020
SystemSoft Alpha 34 years, 3 months
Megami Tensei Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
September 11, 1987
Shin Megami Tensei V
November 12, 2021
Atlus 34 years, 2 months
Dragon Quest Dragon Quest
May 27, 1986
Dragon Quest Tact
July 16, 2020
Square Enix 34 years, 1 month
Ultima Akalabeth: World of Doom
1979
Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar
August 7, 2013
Origin Systems 34 years, 1 month
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
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
R-Type R-Type
July 1, 1987
R-Type Final 2
April 21, 2021
Irem 33 years, 9 months
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins
September 19, 1985
Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection
February 25, 2021
Capcom 33 years, 7 months
Kunio-kun Renegade
May 1986
Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san! A River City Ransom Story
November 6, 2019
Arc System Works 33 years, 6 months
Dizzy Dizzy – The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure
June 1987
Wonderful Dizzy
December 18, 2020
Codemasters, Oliver Twins 33 years, 6 months
King's Quest King's Quest I
July 1983
King's Quest: Epilogue
December 20, 2016
Sierra Entertainment 33 years, 5 months
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
Codemasters 33 years, 3 months
Wizardry Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
September 1981
Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry
December 22, 2014
Gamepot 33 years, 3 months
Blaster Master Blaster Master
June 17, 1988
Blaster Master Zero 3
July 29, 2021
Sunsoft, Inti Creates 33 years, 1 month
Momotaro Dentetsu Momotaro Densetsu
October 26, 1987
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
November 19, 2020
Konami 33 years
Lode Runner Lode Runner
July 31, 1984
Lode Runner Legacy
July 13, 2017
Hudson Soft, Tozai Games 32 years, 11 months
Castlevania Castlevania
September 26, 1986
Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls
September 20, 2019
Konami 32 years, 11 months
Tetris Tetris
June 6, 1984
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
December 8, 2020
The Tetris Company 32 years, 10 months
The Bard's Tale The Bard's Tale
December, 1985
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep
September 18, 2018
inXile Entertainment 32 years, 9 months
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong
July 9, 1981
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
February 14, 2014
Nintendo 32 years, 7 months
Contra Contra
February 21, 1987
Contra: Rouge Corps
September 24, 2019
Konami 32 years, 7 months
Street Fighter Street Fighter
August 30, 1987
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
February 15, 2020
Capcom 32 years, 5 months
Wasteland Wasteland
January 2, 1988
Wasteland 3
May 19, 2020
Deep Silver 32 years, 4 months
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy
December 18, 1987
Final Fantasy VII Remake
April 10, 2020
Square Enix 32 years, 3 months
Mega Man Mega Man
December 17, 1987
Rockman X DiVE
March 24, 2020
Capcom 32 years, 3 months
Ys Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished
June 21, 1987
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
September 16, 2019
Nihon Falcom 32 years, 2 months
Golden Tee Golden Tee
1989
Golden Tee Mobile
October 28, 2019
Incredible Technology 32 years, 5 months
Blaster Learning System Math Blaster!
1983
Math Blaster Premium
May 15, 2015
Knowledge Adventure 31 years, 10 months
Family Stadium Pro Baseball: Family Stadium
December 10, 1986
Pro Baseball: Famista Evolution
August 2, 2018
Bandai Namco Entertainment 31 years, 7 months
SaGa The Final Fantasy Legend
December 15, 1989
SaGa Frontier Remastered
April 29, 2021
Square Enix 31 years, 4 months
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
Phantasy Star Phantasy Star
December 20, 1987
Idola: Phantasy Star Saga
November 27, 2018
Sega 30 years, 11 months
Arkanoid Arkanoid
July 1986
Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders
May 17, 2017
Taito (Square Enix) 30 years, 10 months
The Legend of Heroes Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
December 10, 1989
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki
August 27, 2020
Nihon Falcom 30 years, 8 months
R.B.I. Baseball R.B.I. Baseball
1988
R.B.I. Baseball 19
March 5, 2019
MLB Advanced Media 30 years, 8 months
Metal Gear Metal Gear
July 7, 1987
Metal Gear Survive
February 20, 2018
Konami 30 years, 7 months
Xuan-Yuan Sword Xuan-Yuan Sword
October 13, 1990
Xuan-Yuan Sword 7
October 6, 2020
Softstar 30 years
Fire Emblem Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
April 20, 1990
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
July 26, 2019
Nintendo 29 years, 3 months
Puyo Puyo Puyo Puyo
October 25, 1991
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
December 8, 2020
Sega 29 years, 1 month
Prince of Persia Prince of Persia
October 3, 1989
Prince of Persia: Escape
September 27, 2018
Ubisoft 28 years, 11 months
Derby Stallion Derby Stallion: Best Race
December 21, 1991
Derby Stallion
December 3, 2020
Kadokawa Corporation 28 years, 11 months
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog
June 23, 1991
Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
May 7, 2020
Sega 28 years, 10 months
Darius Darius
February 1987
Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours
November 30, 2015
Taito 28 years, 9 months
Mana Final Fantasy Adventure
June 28, 1991
Trials of Mana
April 24, 2020
Square Enix 28 years, 9 months
Streets of Rage Streets of Rage
August 2, 1991
Streets of Rage 4
April 30, 2020
Sega 28 years, 8 months
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
Rance Rance: Hikari Quest
July 15, 1989
Rance X: Decisive Battle
February 23, 2018
Alicesoft 28 years, 7 months
Fire Pro Wrestling Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag
June 22, 1989
Fire Pro Wrestling World
December 18, 2017
Spike Chunsoft 28 years, 5 months
Kirby Kirby's Dream Land
April 27, 1992
Kirby Fighters 2
September 23, 2020
Nintendo 28 years, 4 months
Super Robot Wars Super Robot Taisen
April 20, 1991
Super Robot Wars DD
August 21, 2019
Bandai Namco Entertainment 28 years, 4 months
TwinBee TwinBee
March 5, 1985
Line GoGo! TwinBee
May 20, 2013
Konami 28 years, 2 months
Virtua Fighter Virtua Fighter
October, 1993
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown
June 1, 2021
Sega 27 years, 8 months
Wario Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
January 21, 1994
WarioWare: Get It Together!
September 10, 2021
Nintendo 27 years, 7 months
Civilization Civilization
September 1991
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
February 14, 2019
Take-Two Interactive 27 years, 5 months
Shining Shining in the Darkness
March 28, 1991
Shining Resonance Refrain
July 10, 2018
Sega 27 years, 3 months
Yoshi Yoshi
December 14, 1991
Yoshi’s Crafted World
March 29, 2019
Nintendo 27 years, 3 months
Star Soldier Star Soldier
June 13, 1986
Star Soldier for GREE
June 20, 2013
Konami 27 years
Metal Max Metal Max
May 24, 1991
Metal Max Xeno
April 19, 2018
Enterbrain 26 years, 10 months
Babylonian Castle Saga The Tower of Druaga
June 1984
The Labyrinth of Druaga
January 13, 2011
Bandai Namco Entertainment 26 years, 7 months
Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat
October 8, 1992
Mortal Kombat 11
April 23, 2019
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 26 years, 6 months
Fortune 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
Microsoft Solitaire Microsoft Solitaire
May 22, 1990
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
November 12, 2016
Microsoft 26 years, 6 months
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
Power Pros Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū '94
March 11, 1994
eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyū 2020
July 9, 2020
Konami 26 years, 3 months
Doom Doom
December 10, 1993
Doom Eternal
March 20, 2020
id Software 26 years, 3 months
The Elder Scrolls The Elder Scrolls: Arena
March 25, 1994
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
May 12, 2020
Bethesda Game Studios 26 years, 1 month
Gradius Gradius
May 29, 1985
Gradius the Slot
July 2011
Konami 26 years, 1 month
Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown
July 7, 1993
Samurai Shodown
June 25, 2019
SNK 25 years, 11 months
Pokémon Pokémon Red and Blue
February 27, 1996
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
January 28, 2022
Nintendo 25 years, 8 months
Tales Tales of Phantasia
December 15, 1995
Tales of Arise
September 10, 2021
Bandai Namco Entertainment 25 years, 8 months
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden
October 1988
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
March 27, 2014
Koei Tecmo 25 years, 5 months
Umihara Kawase Umihara Kawase
December 23, 1994
Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!
May 28, 2020
Studio SaiZenSen 25 years, 5 months
Goemon Mr. Goemon
May 1986
Ganbare Goemon Pachisuro 2
September 2011
Konami 25 years, 4 months
Tex Murphy Mean Streets
January 1, 1989
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
May 7, 2014
Big Finish Games 25 years, 4 months
SimCity SimCity
October 3, 1989
SimCity BuildIt
December 15, 2014
Electronic Arts 25 years, 2 months
Need for Speed The Need for Speed
August 31, 1994
Need for Speed Heat
November 8, 2019
Electronic Arts 25 years, 2 months
The King of Fighters The King of Fighters '94
August 25, 1994
The King of Fighters for Girls
November 8, 2019
SNK 25 years, 2 months
Resident Evil Resident Evil
March 22, 1996
Resident Evil Village
May 7, 2021
Capcom 25 years, 1 month
Panzer Dragoon Panzer Dragoon
March 10, 1995
Panzer Dragoon: Remake
March 26, 2020
Sega 25 years
Worms Worms
November 17, 1995
Worms Rumble
December 1, 2020
Team17 25 years

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