Twenty years is a long time to wait, but for those die-hard fans of Pokémon Snap, our patience has paid off. That’s right, during June 17th’s Pokémon Presents, the New Pokémon Snap was announced. This long-awaited sequel is coming out on Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021, and we are very excited to see what this new game has in store. Here’s what we know so far.
The wait is over
New Pokémon Snap
Strike a pose
Set off on a brand new adventure exploring the world of Pokémon behind a camera lens. Travel to the Lental Region, bask in nature’s beauty and try to snag a few snapshots of the wild Pokémon that live there while trying to solve a mystery. Use your tools and timing to get the perfect shot and compile your own personal Photodex.
What is Pokémon Snap?
Pokémon Snap was first released on March 21, 1999, for the Nintendo 64. It’s a single-player photography simulation game where players are sent to different areas like jungles, beaches, and caves to explore and take pictures of Pokémon for Professor Oak. He longs to study Pokémon in their natural environment, and what better way than to send someone out in the field in his Zero-One buggy to catch them in action rather than in a Poké Ball?
Pokémon Snap’s concept is straightforward; snap pictures of Pokémon and fill the Photo Dex for Professor Oak. Of course, there’s more to the game than that. You can’t just take a picture and hand it off. It’s an art form. You are a photographer, after all, and the professor wants you to meet certain standards.
Photos need to be centered, framed correctly, and they need to have enough of the Pokémon to get into the album. Each photo receives a grade and gets points based on size, the Pokémon’s pose, and staying in frame. Players can earn more points for a little stylistic flair, such as catching more than one of the same Pokémon in the photo or capturing a unique pose.
After you explore each area and earn enough points, Professor Oak will introduce new areas on the map so you can take more pictures. Plus, he’ll give you new equipment that can help you uncover secret paths, draw out hidden Pokémon, or discover new poses and picture-perfect scenes. Of the original 151 Pokémon, 63 were available in the game.