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UK Top 40: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 denies Assassin's Creed

Saint's Row 4th, Zelda 7th, Need for Speed 11th.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has held firm at the top of the UK charts in the year's busiest week of game releases, despite its second week sales dropping by 87 per cent.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations, denied a first place finish, debuted in second place - pushing Skyrim into third.

Revelations sneaked an extra 4 per cent of first week sales past last year's Brotherhood, but launched on a Tuesday, meaning it was on sale three days longer. Regardless, it is Ubisoft's biggest UK launch ever.

A deluge of new software made for a completely changed landscape in the rest of the top ten, with just three other titles surviving from last week.

Wacky open-world dildo 'em-up Saints Row: The Third launched in fourth, shoving footie stalwart FIFA 12 to fifth. Launch week Saints Row sales are 43 per cent higher than Saints Row 2's.

Halo remake Combat Evolved Anniversary launched in sixth, ahead of 10/10 Nintendo epic Zelda: Skyward Sword in seventh.

Battlefield 3 was eighth, booted down five places by the new arrivals but still beating Nintendo's other new effort - Super Mario 3D Land arrived in ninth.

Just Dance 3 was tenth, ahead of EA's dreary driver Need for Speed: The Run. For reference, last year's Criterion-developed Hot Pursuit landed in 3rd place - with sales around double that of this year's The Run.

Other new entry Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 was buried beneath the other new releases, only conjuring up a thirteenth place.

Further down the chart Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games hurdled into twentieth, DanceStar Party boogied into 33rd and Kinect Disneyland Adventures scraped a 39th place entry.

Capcom's Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and PlayStation Move game Medieval Moves failed to chart.

The full top 40 lies below.

This Week Last Week Title Platform(s)
1 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
2 New entry Assassin's Creed: Revelations PC, PS3, Xbox 360
3 2 The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim PC, PS3, Xbox 360
4 New entry Saints Row: The Third PC, PS3, Xbox 360
5 4 FIFA 12 PS3, Xbox 360
6 New entry Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Xbox 360
7 New entry The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii
8 3 Battlefield 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
9 New entry Super Mario 3D Land 3DS
10 5 Just Dance 3 Wii, Xbox 360
11 New entry Need for Speed: The Run PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
12 13 Michael Jackson: The Experience DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
13 New entry Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
14 11 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 3DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
15 9 Zumba Fitness Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
16 6 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3
17 8 Batman: Arkham City PS3, Xbox 360
18 7 Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo DS
19 12 Forza Motorsport 4 Xbox 360
20 New entry Mario & Sonic: London 2012 Olympic Games Wii
21 19 Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn 3DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
22 14 Football Manager 2012 PC
23 10 Wii Party Xbox 360
24 15 Kinect Sports: Season 2 Xbox 360
25 16 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
26 20 F1 2011 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
27 23 Mario Kart Wii Wii
28 Re-entry LittleBigPlanet 2 PS3
29 22 Cars 2 DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
30 32 Wii Sports Resort Wii
31 27 Driver: San Francisco PC, PS3, Xbox 360
32 18 PES 2012 PS3, PC, Xbox 360
33 New entry DanceStar Party PS3
34 28 Just Dance 2 Wii
35 17 Rage PC, PS3, Xbox 360
36 34 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
37 21 Sonic Generations PS3, Xbox 360
38 25 The Sims 3: Pets 3DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
39 New entry Kinect Disneyland Adventures Xbox 360
40 29 Gears of War 3 Xbox 360

UKIE Games Charts compiled by GfK Chart-Track.