Modern Warfare 3 crowned UK's best seller in 2011

Ben Parfitt
Modern Warfare 3 crowned UK's best seller in 2011

UKIE has confirmed what we all already knew – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the best selling game in the UK in 2011.

It’s the third year in a row that a Call of Duty title has claimed the annual crown following the successes of Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops.

It was also a great year for EA, which grabbed second and third spots with FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3, meaning Battlefield was officially the second most successful FPS behind Activision’s behemoth.

The astonishing success that was 505 Games’ Zumba Fitness was the fourth best seller. The claimed 13 All Format No.1’s in 2011 and topped the Wii chart for an amazing 28 weeks in a row.

Bethesda’s most successful ever title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, was the fifth best selling title.

On 3DS, Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D Land was the most successful release.

“In a year when overall consumer spending was down, the launch of so many high-quality titles showed that there was still strength in the UK’s boxed-product games market,” UKIE CEO Jo Twist stated.

“However, whilst the boxed product market still remains a key revenue stream, digital is where much future growth lies and it is therefore vital that we understand the size of this market. UKIE’s Digital Charts, launching this year, will be a step towards measuring digital revenues.

“I’d urge all games developers and publishers who want to get involved in creating these charts to join UKIE’s digital group.”

GfK Chart-Track’s business group director Dorian Bloch added: “2011 finished strongly for the traditional console gaming markets thanks to the arrival of 3DS to re-invigorate the hand-held gaming arena and also the notable UK phenomenon of Xbox 360, which sold more software both in units and revenue than any year since its launch back in 2005.

“Most of the All Formats Top 10 best-sellers of 2011 were released in Q4 which meant that for the first time over half of the entire year’s software revenue occurred in just the last quarter of the year”.

Here are all the charts in full:

2011 All Formats Chart

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. FIFA 12
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. Zumba Fitness
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  6. Just Dance 3
  7. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  8. L.A. Noire
  9. Saints Row: The Third
  10. Batman: Arkham City

2011 Nintendo Wii Chart

  1. Zumba Fitness
  2. Just Dance 3
  3. Just Dance 2
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Wii Sports Resort

2011 Sony PlayStation 3 Chart

  1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. FIFA 12
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  5. Assassins Creed: Revelations

2011 Xbox 360 Chart

  1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. FIFA 12
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Battlefield 3
  5. Gears of War 3

2011 Nintendo DS Chart

  1. Professor Layton And The Spectre’s Call
  2. Pokemon White Version
  3. Pokemon Black Version
  4. Art Academy
  5. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo

2011 Sony PSP Chart

  1. FIFA 12
  2. FIFA 11
  3. Motorstorm: Arctic Edge
  4. Gran Turismo
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines

2011 Nintendo 3DS Chart

  1. Super Mario 3D Land
  2. Mario Kart 7
  3. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D
  4. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
  5. Rayman 3D

2011 PC Games

  1. Football Manager 2012
  2. Football Manager 2011
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. The Sims 3
  5. Battlefield 3

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