Which video game titles top gamers’ wish lists this year? Nielsen’s Top 20 Games to Watch reveals the most anticipated games of the 2011 holiday season, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the most coveted among active U.S. gamers. The list was developed by examining a variety of consumer measures from Nielsen’s Video Game Tracking survey, including the top five titles active gamers are considering for purchase.

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

2. Gears of War 3

3. Madden NFL 12

4. Assassin's Creed: Revelations

5. Batman: Arkham City

6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

7. Battlefield 3

8. Just Dance 3

9. NBA 2K12

10. Need for Speed: The Run

11. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

13. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

14. FIFA Soccer 12

15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

16. Dead Island

17. Kinect Sports: Season 2

18. Resistance 3

19. Dance Central 2

20. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

While Action/Adventure games hold the most spots in the Top 20, the list is a testament to the diverse interests of today’s gamers—from the intense action of First Person Shooters like Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, to the energetic enthusiasm of Music / Rhythm games such as Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3, to the epic sense of adventure in Bethesda’s RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Sports and racing titles like 2K’s NBA 2K12 and EA’s Need For Speed: The Run are represented as well.

Source: Nielsen