Pokémon GO hasn’t quite been out for one week, yet it has already managed to be super effective on the Google Play and App Store charts.
Since launching three days ago in the U.S., Pokémon GO has suffered largely from server connectivity issues. Yet despite its downtime, the augmented reality Pokémon game from Ingress developer Niantic Labs has proven to be effective on Android’s Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Even Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke wasn’t ready for Pokémon GO’s resounding initial impact. “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” he said.
Pokémon GO currently holds the top spot on Google Play’s “Top Free,” “Top New Free,” and “Trending” charts. But while free to play, its in-app microtransactions have earned the game a #113 spot on the “Top Grossing” chart — sandwiched between Peak Games’ Spades Plus (#112) and Ateam’s Unison League (#114).
On the App Store, iOS users have pushed Pokémon GO to the #1 spot on the store’s “Free Apps” chart, where it sits comfortably ahead of NBA LIVE Mobile (#2) Snapchat (#3), Messenger (#4), and Instagram (#5).
In addition, Pokémon GO has been downloaded somewhere between 1,000,000 – 5,000,000 times on Google Play. Apple’s App Store does not display download data, however, but players have given the game more than 27,000 ratings.
Nintendo News will continue to monitor Pokémon GO’s performance on the digital storefronts. Miitomo, Nintendo’s first smartphone game, started off strong on the charts as well, but quickly withered away.
Niantic Labs is well aware of the game’s server issues and they are hard at work trying to resolve the problem. According to Hanke, Niantic is getting closer to restoring server availability as of Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, the game’s roll-out across Europe, Canada, and other regions “is paused until we’re comfortable,” Hanke explained to Business Insider yesterday.
On a side note, if you’re one of the few players who haven’t started your journey, and you happen to like Pikachu, you can choose the Electric-type Pokémon as your Starter over Kanto’s Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.