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'Metal Gear Solid 2' Grabs 2 Elspa's

by Rainier on April 12, 2002 @ 5:34 p.m. PDT

Metal Gear Solid 2, published by Konami has proved to be one of the UK's fastest selling computer game titles of all time. It reached the Silver ELSPA Award level (for sales of over 100,000 units) within the same week the title was released. Just two weeks later, it achieved the Gold ELSPA Award Level for reaching sales of 200,000 units.
Other Gold Awards for sales of more than 200K units go out to:
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GameBoy Advance), published by Nintendo. Released in week 37 of 2001.
  • FIFA 2002 (PS2), published by EA Games. Released in week 45 of 2001.

The latest Silver Award winners for sales in excess of 100K units are:

  • Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes (PSX) published by Take 2, Tomb Raider 4 - The Last Revelation (CD ROM) published by Eidos, Crash Bandicoot - Wrath of Cortex (PS2) published by Universal Interactive and...
  • Medal Of Honour: Allied Assault (CD ROM) published by EA Games, released in just week 7 of 2002.

Roger Bennett, Director General of ELSPA commented on the significance of these awards:
"For a game to reach a Silver level by selling over 100,000 units is no mean achievement; to reach Gold, is outstanding. ELSPA is delighted to provide formal recognition of these individual success stories. These awards are also an opportunity to wave the flag for the games industry as a whole, which in terms of sales, is now the most dynamic entertainment medium in the UK.

Peter Stone, UK General Manager for Konami commented:
"There had been such anticipation for Metal Gear Solid 2 that we always knew it would be a number one seller. It is a fantastic result to receive both ELSPA Silver and Gold awards so quickly. We are delighted to receive these awards because it recognises that a successful product is the result of a team effort. The award goes to all the people involved in the development, distribution, sales and marketing of Metal Gear Solid 2."

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