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Pokémon Go just had the best first week in App Store history

But does it have staying power?

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We already knew Pokémon Go was pretty popular, but now it is officially one for the record books.

Apple confirmed Friday that the game had set a new App Store mark for first-week downloads, but declined to give specific numbers or say which app had previously held the record.

It's worth noting that Pokémon Go broke the global record even though it was only available in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

All those downloads could add up to big bucks for Apple, which gets a cut from each in-app purchase of Pokéballs and other gear. Investment bank Needham said earlier this week that Pokémon Go could generate $3 billion in revenue for Apple over the next 12 to 24 months.

Google declined to say whether Pokémon Go is setting any Android download records.

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