According to a list published by The Independent in London, Mario is the all time biggest selling franchise, with 193 million game sales to his name.

The chasing pack consists of Pokémon, Final Fantasy, Madden NFL and The Sims, taking places two to five respectively. Other franchises worth highlighting include Grand Theft Auto at No.6 with 50 million sales, Donkey Kong at No.7 with 48 million sales, The Legend of Zelda at No.8 with 47 million sales, Mario rival Sonic the Hedgehog at No.9 with 44 million sales and Gran Turismo at No.10 with 44 million sales.

Top 20 best selling video game franchises of all time:

1. 'Mario': 193 million.

2. 'Pokémon': 155 million

3. 'Final Fantasy': 68 million

4. 'Madden NFL': 56 million

5. 'The Sims': 54 million

6. 'Grand Theft Auto': 50 million

7. 'Donkey Kong': 48 million

8. 'The Legend of Zelda': 47 million

9. 'Sonic the Hedgehog': 44 million

10. 'Gran Turismo': 44 million

11. 'Lineage': 43 million

12. 'Dragon Quest': 41 million

13. 'Crash Bandicoot': 34 million

14. 'Resident Evil': 31 million

15. 'James Bond': 30 million

16. 'Tomb Raider': 30 million

17. 'Mega Man': 26 million

18. 'Command & Conquer': 25 million

19. 'Street Fighter': 25 million

20. 'Mortal Kombat': 20 million