5 places where Pokemon GO is still number one

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
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In the U.S., the bloom is off the Pokemon Go rose ever so slightly. It's still doing great, sitting atop the top grossing chart as it has for some time, but it's no longer among the top 10 free apps in downloads, possibly because darn near everyone who wants it already has it.

But while it may no longer be the all encompassing phenomenon it was in July and early August in the United States, it's as big as ever in some other countries -- maybe even bigger, if that's possible. Let's take a quick look at five places where Pokemon GO is still the unquestioned number one mobile game.


Not only is Pokemon GO still the number one mobile game in Singapore, the rest of the top free apps in that nation's App Store are unofficial map or tracking apps. We're not supposed to be using them any more, according to Niantic, but that's not stopping people there, apparently.


Typically, I'd guess there are cooler things to do outside in any Caribbean nation than play Pokemon GO. On the other hand, it's likely a great spot for catching rarer Pokemon, so it might make some sense to mix in hunting down some water types with enjoying the natural beauty in Anguilla.


Just like in Singapore, the game is still tops here, and the only things beating it on the free app chart of any kind at the moment are the Go Radar and Poke Radar apps. It's top grossing in Taiwan as well. Then there's this story about a mob of people all trying to catch Snorlax, which speaks even more to its status in the country than the App Store stats.


South America famously didn't have access to Pokemon GO prior to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics, which caused consternation among some of the visiting athletes. No such problems in that area now, and the game is proving very popular in multiple countries, including Chile.


Pokemon GO recently slipped just a tad in this country when the Google Duo app was released, but it reclaimed the top spot among free apps to start off this week. It's probably a bit of an oversimplification to say that Asia is the region where interest has stayed the strongest worldwide, but there's also evidence to support that claim.

Interestingly, one place that isn't true is Japan, a.k.a the birthplace of Pokemon. That country had to wait several weeks after the U.S. launch to get it, but it's also fading faster there. Relatively speaking, of course, as Pokemon GO remains a top 20 app and top 5 grosser in Japan.

One big content update is likely all it would take to return to number one in the U.S., and the question of one coming is when and not if. Until then, you know where you need to visit to be among the most like-minded people if the game is still your obsession. Safe travels!

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