An enterprising contributor at GAF used the North American NPD sales data to create a chart plotting the top 30 gaming franchises this generation. Mario, Madden, and Grand Theft Auto unsurprisingly dominate the charts; however, what is surprising is where some other notable franchises fall. Zelda is beat out by Namco Museum, while Metal Gear and Metroid don't even show up.

Check out the breakdown of the numbers of each franchise's releases and console distribution. Read on to view the entire chart.

[Via Next Generation]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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