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Nielson Poll: MW3 Most Wanted Title For Holiday Season

If there's one thing this poll proves, it's that the US is still pro-Xbox and pro-shooters.

Nielson put together a survey of the most wanted games for the upcoming holiday season, which resulted in a Top 20 "Must Have" list you can view at GameZone.

Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 claimed the top spot with a whopping 27% of the votes, while Gears of War 3 and Madden NFL 12 were tied for second with 19%. Now, because poll participants voted between August 21 and September 17, you have to expect the new Madden to be on there. But it didn't turn out that great and I'm sure gamers are looking forward again to other titles.

Perhaps if they conducted one now, games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be higher than 15th, and Gears of War 3 would start to fall now that it's on store shelves. But interestingly enough, Battlefield 3 only ended up in 7th with just 12%, less than half of MW3. Well, maybe that's about right, as MW3 is destined to sell at least double (probably more) the number of copes BF3 sells.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was 11th at 9%, by the way. Even Just Dance 3 is above it. ...maybe now we know why the mass populace has put the Xbox 360 in front and hardcore gamers tend to despise CoD drones.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Tags: nielon, nielson poll, holiday season, gaming culture

9/30/2011 10:41:33 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

GuyverLT
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 11:06:55 AM
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Not really that surprised at all. It can't be helped I guess ppl are gonna play what they like, and I know allot ppl hate it.... Well at least they say they do, although the fact that MW3 seems like it's on the road to sell more than Black Ops says otherwise.

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Jawknee
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 11:45:14 AM
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Ugh...

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lupus
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 3:13:52 AM

what a lame reply.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:55:04 AM

Short... concise... and to the point. Jawknee's opinion was portrayed in but 3 letters.... yet it is full of meaning and emotion.

Well posted, Jawknee. Well posted.

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DrRockso87
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 11:49:21 AM
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I'll admit this is sad but what brightened my day was hearing how well the Team Ico HD collection is selling. Apparently it topped multiplatform charts in North America and Japan. It even bumped Gears of War 3!!

I know shooters are slowly taking over but it's great knowing niche titles still have life in them.

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Deleted User
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 12:00:21 PM

I found that link. I'm not a fan of Team ICO's game but reading that put a smile on my face. Also, it's nice to see that FIFA 12 for the PS3 is number 1 in the U.K. Maybe they are starting to come around there...for at least one week.

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Deleted User
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 11:50:01 AM
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That first paragraph says it all. Lemmings.

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wackazoa
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 12:21:13 PM
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Heres hoping a company will make a PS3 exclusive title that pushes the PS3 to it's limits. A sports title or a RPG would be perfect, due to it length of gameplay. Uncharted is there as an exclusive but it's a little to short in length and depth (mostly due to it story and action genre) to push things other than graphically. If they can get that diffinitive title that show's what the PS3 is capable of then more people I think would ditch the XBOX....




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wackazoa
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 12:24:40 PM

Although maybe a title like a GTA or RDR. But unfortunately Rockstar is wanting to get thier XBOX money too so I dont see them doing it.

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AshT
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 12:37:01 PM
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seems like Nielson surveyed only xbots

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TrophyHunter
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 12:39:10 PM
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Did anybody find out about this polls before they release the "results"???

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Excelsior1
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 1:07:04 PM
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just dance 2 above uncharted 3? wtf? talk about a gut punch to nd. reading that made me want to luanch my screen out the window. i knew this was 360 territory but i did not know it was this bad. a freaking kinect game over uc3. just wow. i guess the first paragraph does say it all.

skyrim at 15th place is surprising as well. that seems low to me. i imagine bf3's stock is dropping fast. that game is taking a pounding out there on the internet. it looks like ea really crapped the bed with that open beta is all i got to say about that. with so little time left before the game goes gold it's not looking so good for bf3. i guess there is still some small hope but it's fading fast.

you know what's funny about hardcore gamers despising cod drones? i have few kz3 friends that have proclaimed their hatred of cod but yet i have noticed that they are playing cod mw2 and bo when i am looking at my friends list. maybe it's just cool to hate on cod. i guess my kz3 companions are closet cod lovers. don't ask, don't tell?

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Jawknee
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 3:19:05 PM

Just Dance topping Uncharted doesn't mean much. Just indicates there were a lot of casual gamers i.e. kids with bad taste taking that poll.

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PSTan
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 1:09:49 PM
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I like COD, but I'm not investing in it this year. Too many good games. Just saw the NBA 2K12 review on IGN, looks amazing. That's another game being added to my list. Uncharted 3 is my top priority. I've tried to budget myself to getting a maximum of three games this year... but so far it isn't working out so well.

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Stang
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 1:37:12 PM
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Santa better bump up his preorders for MW3.

:)

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556pineapple
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 1:48:59 PM
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This doesn't surprise me one bit, but it does make me feel pretty sad. I guess I don't understand all of the fascination with Modern Warfare 3. Most of the people I know who love the series and are excited for it are several years younger than I am (I'm 24, for the record.) But that's not entirely it either. Probably not coincidentally, all of these people own 360s also. I'll resort to my standby explanation at this point: I play games to experience a story, which is why I also enjoy reading books and watching movies. From what I can tell about the CoD series is that it focuses heavily on multiplayer, which I don't find fun in the least when there are people obsessive over it. It discourages me.

It saddens me to know that U3 and Skyrim are so far down on the list. I'm not the biggest RPG fan out there, but even I'm looking forward to Skyrim!

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main_event05
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 4:19:54 PM

I share that sentiment too. they should do another poll for the MW lovers of how many books movies, etc they read.

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Underdog15
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 6:56:39 PM

Interesting point, Mainevent... but I'm wondering.

Do you share his sentiment, too?

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main_event05
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 7:48:36 PM

Lol. Sorry bout that.

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Deleted User
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 8:52:17 PM

I want to know how many of these MW lovers would be willing to serve their country's Armed Forces. How many of them would give their lives for their country?

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:56:22 AM

For me it would depend on whether or not it was defending my loved ones or not. If not, then no.

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Underdog15
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 2:14:11 PM
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Uncharted 3 is keeping up with the best selling games of the generation. That gives me hope.

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dkmrules
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 2:28:53 PM
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Hey, MW3 top on my list for christmas games too!

But thats only because I'm buying BF3, Uncharted 3, and maybe saints row 3. Someone else can buy mw3 for me.

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lupus
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 4:04:44 PM
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mw3 will kill bf3! what a crappy beta :P so boring

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BeezleDrop
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 8:03:25 PM

Hey chubs,

Do you know what a Beta is/means? The developers are testing code from a certain point, ironing out bugs and gathering feedback for an even cleaner release.

At least I get to test my M-FPS of the year. If you played MW2 you played MW3. And its funny, I have read some previews for MW3 and it boils down to same equivalent, "MW3 is treading on repetition", and even GI stated it feels more like a Glorified Map Pack.

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___________
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 4:21:53 AM

id ask you the same question, because thats NOT a beta!
theres suppose to be bugs, but how do you explain it running WORSE then the alpha did?

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Godslim
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 5:10:42 AM

i dunno dude b3 is nearly out now its not even really a beta its more a demo

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___________
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 10:20:08 AM

its not a demo, the beta build is already a month old so that means they have 2 months to fix anything in it.
though some of the bugs i cant see them fixing in time.
im just flabbergasted the beta runs WORSE then the freaking alpha!

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lupus
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 3:18:38 AM

I am a official beta tester so yes I know what a beta is lol, the thing is so late here yes bugs will be made but it dos'nt change the boring gameplay dude!

and to you who thinks the real game will get better graphics you will be disappointed it wont I can telsome of the other maps looks better though, and ofcause offline looks great.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:07:40 AM

Game Informer says MW3 is little more than a glorified map pack...

Should be interesting to see what everyone else says.


Also, I've been a part of many a BETA.

It is a FATAL mistake to judge a game by the BETA. Sometimes, even the visuals of the actual release aren't even the same as the BETA.

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___________
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 7:26:54 AM
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sigh.
gone are the days where popularity indicated quality.
i had to laugh today, im looking at getting a new tablet and i asked a few salesmen which ones are the best using android and they all said the asus.
i laughed, then said why and he said its the one thats been selling the best.
not because its the most reliable, or its got the best support, or is the better product, but because it sold better.
right, now i can remember why i never buy anything from harvey norman!

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frylock25
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 8:55:37 AM
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truly sad

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mousekiks
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 9:49:17 PM
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I'm pretty excited for this game, however, I'm sad that Uncharted 3 got so low a ranking.
It's number 1 on my list!
Followed by Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

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dbrasco75
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:53:42 PM
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what the hell is wrong with gamer's 2day? Don't people know a good game or console when they see it? I know I sound like a PS3 fanboy but, that's because I am. i love ps3, including that i can play online for free. it makes no sense paying to play online with xbox when PSN in my opinion is just as good. I don't know maybe i'm just angry that people don't recognize ps3 as the better system, or that people are now turning against psn and trying to sue just for money. I could go on and on but, this is getting way to long, sorry guy's..just needed to vent a little. oh yeah, also i know nobody knows me around here because this is only my 2nd post i've ever made. but, i read you guy's every week and have also subscribed to the new's letters about a year ago. this site is the best.

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