Modern Warfare 3 tops gamers' holiday wish lists - research

Over one in four active gamers keen to pick up the latest Call of Duty title

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the most coveted title this holiday season, according to a survey of 5,000 active US gamers conducted by Nielsen.


It found that Modern Warfare 3 is desired by more than one quarter (27 percent) of active gamers, ahead of Gears of War 3 (19 percent) and Madden NFL 12 (19 percent).

Assassin's Creed: Revelations (17 percent) and Batman: Arkham City (15 percent) rounded off the top five.

Apart from Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360, other platform exclusives to make the list include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii (14 percent) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for PS3 (9 percent).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (27%)
Gears of War 3 (19%)
Madden NFL 12 (19%)
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (17%)
Batman: Arkham City (15%)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (14%)
Battlefield 3 (12%)
Just Dance 3 (12%)
NBA 2K12 (9%)
Need for Speed: The Run (9%)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (9%)
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (8%)
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (8%)
FIFA Soccer 12 (8%)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (8%)
Dead Island (7%)
Kinect Sports: Season 2 (6%)
Resistance 3 (4%)
Dance Central 2 (4%)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (3%)

Call of Duty has toppled Grand Theft Auto as the king of the mainstream franchises, according to games industry analyst Michael Pachter.

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It might not be the case at Activision HQ, but Modern Warfare 3 developer Infinity Ward insists it isn't concerned by sales numbers.

[ SOURCE: Nielsen ]