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New releases flood top 40 but Modern Warfare 3 reigns

Strong debuts for new Assassin's Creed, Saints Row, Zelda and Halo

Nine new titles have entered the UK All Formats charts this week, although none have been able to shift Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as the best-seller in the region.

Sales of the first-person shooter dropped 87 per cent over its week one debut but it still claims the number one spot despite a strong opening week for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Revelations at number two.

The latest in the Assassin's Creed franchise saw unit sales up 4 per cent on last year's game and revenues up 8 per cent, arriving on a Tuesday and selling 61 per cent of sales during its first 24 hours.

Sales of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim have fallen 62 per cent although it still takes the number three spot, ahead of THQ's Saint's Row The Third which saw sales up 43 per cent compared to the debut of Saints Row 2 in 2008.

With FIFA 12 at number five, the next new entry is Microsoft's Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary at six followed by Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at seven.

Battlefield 3 sits at number eight with sales down 40 per cent and then the last new entry in the top ten is Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS at nine, with Just Dance 3 at ten.

New releases that didn't break the top 10 include Need for Speed: The Run at 11, Warner's LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 at 13, Sega's Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games at 20 and Kinect Disneyland Adventures at 39.

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