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Modern Warfare 2 Becomes Best Selling Game In The UK

Kawashima am cry.

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has today become the biggest selling UK videogame ever, passing the DS’ Brain Training game in the official Chart Track figures. “This is the week that Activision Blizzard’s [game] finally overtakes Nintendo’s DS ‘Dr Kawashima’ as the biggest selling UK title ever (units),” says Chart Track, citing just 41 weeks since the game’s release. Modern Warfare 2 was outside the top 10 for just 3 weeks of the last 10 months.

It took Brain Training around 36 months to overtake the previous record holder, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas last generation.  There’s probably a joke in there somewhere about casual games, but last time I checked Modern Warfare 2 was played by just about everybody, chances are your granny is partial to a bit of deathmatch in between shouting ‘Blue!, Blue!’ at the top of her voice in as many accents as she can manage.

Remember that Brain Training is only on one platform, whereas the first person shooter is on three.

26 Comments
  1. toutski
    Legend
    Since: Oct 2008

    Tango Sucka!

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 14:49.
    • citizeninsane45
      Would happily punch a priest free of charge.
      Since: Oct 2008

      Ten Inch Storjina?

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 15:59.
      • BIGAL-1992
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        toutski got Tangoed.

        Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:00.
      • toutski
        Legend
        Since: Oct 2008

        Bambi

        Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:14.
  2. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Congratulations is in order then whatever you think of the game.
    Well done both Activision Blizzard and the (former) members of Infinity Ward who created the game.

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 14:54.
    • gurglesletch
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I agree even though the game has issues.

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 17:44.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Its a brilliant game. Well deserved for Infinity Ward.

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 15:01.
  4. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    I love the game and I am happy it made such an impact.
    Congrats to all Infinity Ward current and “ex” employees

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 15:27.
  5. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    crap game but fantastic advertising/promotion. They should be an ad agency instead.

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 15:28.
    • bajere
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      haha. yea.

      But the 1st game basically sold the 2nd, so it was going to do well

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 17:19.
  6. Gaztee
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Guess they’ll want to charge more for this years version then!!

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 15:29.
    • John Malcolm
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      Yup, even more pounds heading their way, so they can give us even more low-quality servers for the online stuff… And don’t get me started on the price of the DLC maps!

      Talk about caring for the people who pay your wages. No wonder people buy second-hand!

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 18:27.
  7. stonyk
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Congrats to what is an amazing value for money game. £26 on day 1 hopefully had something to do with this and hopefully others will take note.

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:04.
  8. Apnomis
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Well it’s less embarrassing than having Brain Training as the number 1 I suppose. I still don’t understand why it became such a monster hit though, what is it that makes people continue to buy it over other arguably better (and cheaper) titles?

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:04.
    • STILLCANTTHINKOFAGOODPSNNAME
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      like COD4 :p

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:42.
    • PoorPaddy89
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      People underestimate the casual gaming market. I’m not a DS player, but even if MW2 have overtaken them it’s not as impressive as Brain Training being #1. As the article says, MW2 is on three-times as many consoles as Brain Training.

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 17:04.
  9. minerwilly
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Even more than Jet Set Willy ?

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:07.
  10. ghost5
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Does anyone know how many copies it has sold? I can’t find the article on chart track

    Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:43.
    • ghost5
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      from edge website

      “While no specific sales figures were released for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC shooter, Chart-Track said that it took DS exclusive Dr Kawashima around 36 months to overtake the previous record holder, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was released for PS2, Xbox and PC.”

      Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:46.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        So basically for a single format title Dr Kawashima pwns all?

        Comment posted on 23/08/2010 at 16:48.