Pokémon GO is no doubt a cultural phenomenon right now. You can’t step outside without (quite literally) bumping into someone attempting to catch ‘em all, and chances are you’ve at least dabbled with the fledgling app at least once since its release just a few short weeks ago.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that Pokémon GO has smashed iTunes records, having been downloaded more in its first week than any other app in Apple’s history. While the company declined to provide specific numbers, this is no doubt a monumental achievement regardless.

Pokémon GO is also applauded for being the fastest mobile game ever to reach the number one spot for revenue in mobile storefronts, outpacing previous record holder Clash Royale. It currently sits comfortably at the top of free and top-grossing apps on both iTunes and Google Play storefronts, with estimates putting the game’s revenue at anywhere from $1 million to $2.3 million a day. This astronomical number will most likely continue to spike in the near future considering Pokémon GO launched in Japan less than 24 hours ago.

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.

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