Explore lush scenery on unknown islands to snap photos of Pokémon in their natural habitats

Seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon Snap™ game, only for the Nintendo Switch™ system! Snap photos from the NEO-ONE as you you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon. You might see unexpected expressions or behaviors—Pokémon patrolling their territory, playing, or lurking in out-of-the-way spots.

Investigate the mysterious Illumina phenomenon

Travel to the islands that make up the Lental region. In this region, some of the Pokémon and vegetation will appear to have a special glow. Research these Pokémon alongside Professor Mirror as you explore dense jungles, vast deserts, and more! Your observations of Pokémon thriving in the wild may help unravel the truth behind the Illumina phenomenon. The Pokémon pictures you take will be used to build your very own Pokémon Photodex!

Save, edit, and share your favorite Pokémon photos

Save photos to your personal in-game album to edit and adjust them. When you complete a course, you can adjust the brightness, blur, zoom and other aspects of your photo in Re-Snap mode. Then, add stickers, frames, and filters to add a personal touch. Share your favorite photos with family and friends in-game*. You can also see what kinds of photos everyone else is taking. See something you like? Award a Sweet! medal.

This new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64™ system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see!

Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Hop in your trusty travel pod, the NEO-ONE, and journey through a variety of environments such as beaches, jungles, and deserts to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. You can even play a melody or toss Pokémon a delicious fluffruit to catch their attention. Photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!

Your photos are scored based on the Pokémon’s poses, how large they appear, how directly they’re facing you, and other factors. You may even snap a four star-worthy photo if you catch rare Pokémon behaviors. These scores can be shared via in-game rankings* so you can compare your shots with other Pokémon photographers around the world.

In the Lental region, Pokémon and vegetation have sometimes been seen to glow. Meet Professor Mirror and work with him to uncover the mystery of the Illumina phenomenon. Your photos and observations may be key to learning about this strange occurrence.

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*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

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Virtual worlds have long been a place to escape. That was true before the pandemic, but lockdowns and stay-at-home orders across the world certainly accelerated the phenomenon. I spent an embarrassing amount of time last year gardening in Animal Crossing and going to concerts in Fortnite. They were great distractions, but never really gave that vacation-like escape I was truly searching for — turns out what I needed was a safari full of Squirtles.

New Pokémon Snap launches this week as the long-awaited sequel to a fan-favorite Nintendo 64 game from 1999. The premise remains the same: you, a budding wildlife photographer, traverse beautiful landscapes while snapping photos of every critter you can find. At its core the concept is incredibly simple, but — much like Pokémon Go — it’s a form of wish fulfillment. It takes out the battling and complex roleplaying elements that drive the main Pokémon games and instead just lets you be a part of this world, at your own pace, and without the threat of failure.

There is a story, but it’s pretty simple. At the outset, you join a research expedition exploring the new Lental region, and naturally they need some help documenting the wildlife. The Lental region is actually a string of islands with a surprising amount of biodiversity. You start out in a fairly run-of-the-mill wildlife preserve, but eventually you’ll be riding a sort of futuristic, enclosed hovercraft through deserts, beaches, volcanic trails, and even underwater. In many cases, you’ll be able to see the areas during both day and night, giving you a better understanding of how the animals behave.

You move through these environments on rails, as if you were on a ride at a particularly cool amusement park, and view the world through the lens of your camera. The main goal is to take pictures. Each area is teeming with creatures: birds soaring through the air, bugs digging through the sand, Machamps flexing for anyone who happens to be looking. The most impressive part might just be the density. There are pokémon seemingly everywhere, just waiting for the right moment to pop out and reveal themselves.

The goal is to catalog as many creatures as you can. Just like in the main games, you have a pokédex of sorts, only this time you fill it out by photographing monsters. You’re supposed to capture them in different poses, and at the end of each level a professor will rate each photo based on things like framing, pose, and whether there are any other creatures in the shot. Outside of your camera, you have a few ways to interact with the world. You can toss out berries to feed pokémon (or annoy sleeping ones), play a lullaby to get their attention, or scan your surroundings to center on points of interest. There are also bonus quests that ask you to…


New Pokémon Snap shows these beloved creatures in their natural habitats, but this means depicting dark moments that are typically only implied.

Longtime Pokémon fans have been waiting decades for New Pokémon Snap, a game that explores this beloved world in a unique way. Just like in the original, players trade Poké Balls for a camera and battles for capturing the best photographs of Pokémon in their natural habitats. It puts a fresh spin on the first-person shooter genre, having players literally shoot Pokémon, though on film rather than with bullets.

New Pokémon Snap‘s lack of combat technically makes this one of the most peaceful Pokémon experiences. However, seeing these creatures in the wild means depicting certain behaviors that are not seen in other Pokémon games — and this devotion to “authentic” natural behavior results in some pretty dark and morbid moments within the game’s colorful world.

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Though primarily aimed towards children and generally appropriate for all ages, the Pokémon series is no stranger to the macabre. Plenty of Pokédex entires detail dark and horrific occurrences, both natural and supernatural. Fans who dwell too long on this universe’s implications will easily find themselves disturbed by what these creatures are capable of. However, reading a dark Pokédex entry or knowing logically that most Pokémon are essentially animals and, therefore, some of them eat one another is one thing; it’s another to actually see a Pidgeot swoop down and grab a Magikarp from a lake.


Maricopia Reef alone is home to plenty of morbid moments. These include a Pelipper carrying a Pyukumuku in its mouth, though players can free the Sea Cucumber Pokémon with a well-timed fluffruit throw. Also in this section is a spot where several Mareanie are running around with a Corsola. This may seem innocent to those who haven’t read Marenie’s Pokédex entry in Moon, which say that it finds Corsola’s branches “as good as a five-star banquet.” Making this moment even darker is that the game will automatically caption a photo taken here as “Tag, you’re it!” adding insult to Corsola’s impending injury.


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Plus, while there are no trainer battles in New Pokémon Snap, that does not mean there are no fights. Just as in the wild, players will sometimes see two large Pokémon facing off to establish dominance. Again, such behavior is realistic, but seeing it so clearly serves as a reminder of how dangerous Pokémon would actually be in the real world. Fights between wild animals are brutal enough,…


Photography and your favorite Pocket Monsters are back together again with the release of New Pokémon Snap, the long-awaited successor to Pokémon Snap from the Nintendo 64. Players can once again take pictures of their favorite Pokémon in the wild in a peaceful environment, free from battles.

There is more to getting that perfect shot than just pointing a camera, however. Here are the tips and tricks you need to get started in New Pokémon Snap.

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Understanding research points

To advance in New Pokémon Snap, you will need to accumulate research points, which advance your Research Level. Increasing the Research Level changes the behavior of the Pokémon in an area, often increasing their number or making them less shy — and leading to better photo opportunities, of course. It is also how you unlock additional levels and progress within the game, and important if you want to find all of the legendary Pokémon.  

After each expedition, the pictures you take will be rated and given scores. The total is then added to your Research Level for that area, similar to experience points in other games, eventually leading to Research Level increases.  

Stars and scores

There are two types of ratings in New Pokémon Snap. The points score is based on the overall quality of the photo; centering your subject, filling the frame, pose, and other similar factors all contribute to the points score, which directly feeds into your research level.  

Star rating is determined by the quality of the moment you capture, and ranges from one to four stars. A normal picture is one star. An action, such as eating, is generally good for two stars, while a more unique behavior might be three or four stars. 

Your goal is two-fold: Collect pictures at each of the four possible star ratings for every Pokémon, and try to ensure each of those pictures has the highest score possible.  

Plan for multiple visits

Each time you visit a new level for the first time, every Pokémon will contribute to your research score, even if you took their picture in the other levels. The camera can take 72 pictures, so be aggressive and snap them up. Scan frequently and try to make note of where the Pokémon spend their time. This will help you know where to look on future runs to increase your score.  You aren’t going to get a perfect snap of each Pokémon in one run — focus on nailing a couple each run.

On repeat visits, you want to focus on filling out all the star ratings of each Pokémon. To find different Pokémon, it is often worth checking out what is happening behind your vehicleListen carefully as you go, since Pokémon will often call out from hidden areas or when performing interesting actions that could land you a higher star rating.  

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The long-awaited follow-up is finally here, so we’ve gathered up the best New Pokemon Snap deals to get you a bargain. Plus, are there any special editions on offer? And if so, which one should you get?

Luckily, it’s all pretty straightforward. When it comes to the best New Pokemon Snap deals, there’s only one edition – the standard version – available right now. This will set you back $59.99 in the US, £49.99 in the UK, and $69 in Australia. Nice and simple if you want New Pokemon Snap deals with the minimum of fuss, in other words.

In terms of what the game offers, this fresh take on Pokemon Snap follows the same formula set up by the 1999 classic. It’s on rails as before, and players are able to photograph everything around them while interacting with the Pokemon frolicking nearby (you can throw apples to tempt some out of hiding, for example). Although the game itself isn’t as big as other recent releases – the game’s install size is on the small side – it should still have plenty for us to enjoy.

To make sure you can begin enjoying the game as soon as possible, here are the best New Pokemon Snap deals.

Best New Pokemon Snap deals

Today’s best New Pokémon Snap deals

Getting the most out of New Pokemon Snap

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Although we’ve not seen any extras to tie in with New Pokemon Snap deals just yet, there’s plenty to consider before the game arrives on your doorstep. For starters, certain Nintendo Switch accessories could prove useful – the best Nintendo Switch headsets will make the experience more immersive, for example. In addition, a Nintendo Switch SD card may come in handy if you’re struggling for space on your console. 

It’s a lot to consider, particularly given the fact that Nintendo gear holds its price so stubbornly. However, if you’re able to upgrade your Switch in any of these departments, you’ll be off to a blinder.

Looking for a different game to buy or pre-order?

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There are more than a few exciting games on the horizon this year, not to mention many great offers on releases from 2020. To get you the best price on all of them, be sure to check in with our guides listed below.

For more discounts, head over to our page of cheap Nintendo Switch game sales.



New Pokemon Snap is the long awaited sequel to N64 cult classic and, despite there being 22 years, 7 generations and roughly 750 new Pokemon since the original’s release, the fundamentals of the game haven’t changed much. You’re still inside a capsule vehicle that treks along a fixed path, your photos are still evaluated by a professor and, most importantly, it still rules. 

Like many gamers who flocked to buy New Pokemon Snap on Friday, I played the original on the N64. My heart was excited for New Pokemon Snap, but my brain was weary. I had it all wrong. New Pokemon Snap is a reinvigorating vacation for your brain, one that works because it’s so full of heart. Remind you of anything? 

Despite being a sequel, New Pokemon Snap reminded me of a completely different game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Like Animal Crossing, the appeal of New Pokemon Snap cannot be explained with words alone. Like Animal Crossing, New Pokemon Snap is more satisfying than it should be. Like Animal Crossing, New Pokemon Snap is just nice

Since its announcement last June, New Pokemon Snap has been subject to consternation among Pokemon fans. In 2021 the Pokemon Snap concept, viable as a full-priced game in 1999, feels like it would be more appropriate as a free-to-play iOS/Android title. How would developers Namco Bandai pad the game out enough to make it feel substantial, without stretching the concept thin?

Watching Pokemon eat, sleep and play (or fight) is one of New Pokemon Snap’s consistent pleasures. 

Pokemon Company

Snap ’em all

New Pokemon Snap is not a complicated game. 

Your vehicle’s movement is fixed, so your only job is to look around and take photos. At the beginning Professor Mirror — for there is always a Pokemon professor — gives you a Photodex, which you’ll fill by taking photos of Pokemon. Mirror will evaluate your photos at the end of each level, giving you points based on factors like how large the Pokemon is and how centrally it’s focused. 

The Photodex categorizes shots on a four-star scale. Each star represents different action: A photo of Pikachu sitting quietly may be one star, eating fruit may be two stars, letting off a thunderbolt three stars, playing with a Pokemon friend four stars. Different actions, different star rankings. To that end, you’re given a variety of tools — throwable fruit, lumination orbs, a scanner and a music box — to capture Pokemon in different actions and from different angles.

All of this tomfoolery is just a pretext to get you paying attention to details. And it mostly works well: Replaying the same levels looking for different angles of the same Pokemon or trying to elicit different reactions has an addictive quality.

The star rating divides different actions into different categories — it’s running in the one-star photo, listening in the two-star photo and so on. To complete the Photodex, you need to capture all Pokemon in four different states. 

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You’ll spend a lot of time at the New Pokemon Snap Research Camp. Normally you’ll be here for showing Professor Mirror your pokemon pictures, or looking through your albums but after you complete the Illumina Spot at the Volcano you’ll have a chance of taking photos here too. The path you take is just a very small loop, but there’s plenty of pokemon that you can take photos of.

The more you play each level, and get interesting and exclusive photos the more you’ll be able to increase your Research Level. When you get to a new Research Level new interactions will begin happening on routes and new pokemon will appear. For example, the first time you travel through the New Pokemon Snap Florio Nature Park during the day you won’t see a Tangrowth, but on subsequent visits, he may appear. If you’re searching for a Pokemon on the list below and it hasn’t appeared for you where it shows in the map then you might just need to return at a later point in the game. For each of the 3/4-Star photos, I’ll list which Research Level (RL) I encountered them on, but they are likely possible elsewhere too.

This guide will also list the various 3/4-Star opportunities that we’ve managed to come across in our own Pokemon journeys, it will be updated as we discover more.

New Pokemon Snap Research Camp Route 1

Below is a list of Pokemon you can find in this area:

  • Bunnelby
  • Stoutland
  • Meowth
  • Starly
  • Trubbish
  • Sudowoodo
  • Eevee
  • Pikachu
  • Cutiefly
  • Vivillon

3-Star Opportunities


Look ahead in your path and you’ll see by the big watering trough Starly is sitting on top of it enjoying a drink. This is your easy 3-star.


When you get in front of Eevee and Trubbish on the table you’ll be able to get really great close up shots of them both. Hit Trubish in the face with a flufffruit and while he’s stunned the Eevee will turn around and shoot your an angry look. Take a photo of Eevee then.



After being hit by a flufffruit on the table Trubbish will let out a poison gas attack.



Keep an eye on the Bunnelby that’s hiding in the holes. At a certain time he’ll poke his head out, take a photo when you can see his face for a 3-star shot.


4-Star Opportunities


After riding past the Sudowoodo you’ll get to an extremely small Cutiefly. Play music for it and it will begin dancing and holding it’s face in its hands.



After feeding Meowth a lot, also potentially after letting it chase Rattata, it will happily roll on its back on the ground.


New Pokemon Snap Research Camp Route 2

Below is a list of Pokemon you can find in this area:


Nintendo has announced an update to New Pokémon Snap which adds three new areas to explore and even more Pokémon to photograph.

New Pokémon Snap is about to get even bigger with this free content update.

“Prepare to discover new areas and photograph more Pokémon across the Lental region with a free content update for New Pokémon Snap on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems arriving on 4 August,” Nintendo said in an official statement.

Available from August 4, 2021, the free New Pokémon Snap update adds plenty of new content to the popular Pokémon game.

Notably, it adds a number of new areas to the Lentai region:

  • Secret Side Path (Day/Night): Pokémon meets Inner Space as the NEO-ONE shrinks down to size, making all the Pokémon in this area look enormous. And since you’re so small, you’ll spot new kinds of behaviour from Pokémon that you’ve never seen before.
  • Mightywide River (Day/Night): Ride down the Mightywide River and conduct Pokémon research along the way. Watch out for rapids and keep your eyes peeled for Pokémon in this nurturing water source.
  • Barren Badlands (Day/Night): The Badlands of Voluca Island are home to dry desert winds, peculiar geysers and gas-spewing swamps. Pokémon may be found hiding in the rocky cliffs or underground, so keep a keen eye.

New Pokémon Snap, Credit: Nintendo.

“Across the three new areas, players will find a variety of Pokémon, including those already familiar from players’ journey across the Lental region,” explains Nintendo.

But that’s not all – the update will add 20 new Pokémon too, although, it’s currently unknown which Pokémon have been added.

Elsewhere, Kena: Bridge of Spirits has been delayed to sometime in September.


The Halloween season is just around the corner, and with it the annual opportunity to scare the pants off of one another, dress up in outlandish costumes, and ingest copious of sugared confections. With the release of Netflix’s Nightbooks, the new David Yarovesky-directed children’s horror fantasy starring Winslow Fegley and Krysten Ritter, now’s as perfect a time as any to snuggle up on the couch and settle in for a marathon of spooky, but not too scary, movies.

Children’s horror stories are vital part of any childhood. They enliven the imagination, beguile and enthrall youngsters with colorful and unnerving oddities, and ultimately impart valuable life lessons about the value of courage, honesty, and determination. Plus, a lot of them are still wickedly hilarious even when watched as an adult.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of 15 of the best children’s horror movies available to stream and rent from home. So draw the blinds, grab your safety blankets, and prepare to get spooped.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are one the greatest comedy duos of all-time, renowned for such classic skits as “Two Tens for a Five” and “Who’s on First.” Who better put at the center of a horror comedy starring Universal Pictures most iconic horror legends like Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein’s Monster? Considered the “swan song” of Universal’s aforementioned Big Three, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is the perfect combination of laughs and chills; filled with hilarious dialogue, clever bits of physical comedy, a masterful performance by none other than Bela Lugosi himself as the immortal Dracula. —Toussaint Egan

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is available to rent for $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Vudu.

The Addams Family

Photo: Paramount Pictures

The creepiest and kookiest family out there deserves an equally creepy and kooky movie. The 1991 live-action Addams Family movie delivers on this promise. Barry Sonnenfeld, the longtime cinematographer for the Coen brothers, made his directorial debut with the TV sitcom adaptation, matching absurd comedy with Sam Raimi-esque mayhem. Anchored by superb performances from Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia as Morticia and Gomez Addams, the film follows the macabre family as they welcome home long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) — but is the mysterious uncle really who he says he is? Or is there a greater scheme at hand? The Addams family may enjoy death, darkness, and other delights of the night, but they…


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