“Pokémon GO” was the most-searched term on Google this year. It was also the 4th most-searched term in the United States, and the 2nd most-searched term in Germany and the United Kingdom. Globally, the runner-ups for most-searched term were “iPhone 7,” “Donald Trump,” “Prince,” “Powerball,” and “David Bowie.”
Google released this information in its 2016 “Year in Search,” an overall review of the most popular trending topics on Google across the world in 2016. On the Year in Search web page, you can find the terms that were searched the most in nearly every country in the world. You can also see which movies, TV shows, and people were most popular on Google this year. Globally, the most-searched person was Donald Trump, the most-searched movie was Deadpool, and the most-searched TV show was Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Similarly, Facebook released its own “Year in Review” last week and declared that Pokémon GO was the third-most talked-about topic of the year, after the United States presidential election and the recent corruption scandal in Brazil.
What do you guys think? Are you surprised to hear that Pokémon GO was the most-searched term on Google in 2016? Personally, I feel overwhelmed while reading this. I would never have expected to see a video game, even one from a series as popular as Pokémon, reach this level of popularity. We’ve been reading about the unprecedented success of Pokémon GO all year, from its effect on Nintendo’s stock to its record-breaking download numbers on the App Store, but this piece of news truly demonstrates just how much of a global phenomenon Pokémon GO became.