New Pokemon Snap’s free DLC adds another new Mythical Pokemon to the game. New Pokemon Snap‘s free DLC is out now, adding 3 new courses and 20 new Pokemon to the game. Of the 3 new courses, only one has a new Legendary or Mythical Pokemon. Players can locate the Mythical Pokemon Zeraora in the Barren Badlands at night. Zeraora will appear in the Barren Badlands at night once players reach Level 2 on the route. Zeraora is sleeping at first, but can easily be woken up. After Zeraora wakes up, players will see Zeraora run across the Barren Badlands until settling on a cliffside near the end of the stage.

Zeraora’s 4-Star opportunity involves instigating a fight between it and Tyranitar. If players can wake up the sleeping Tyranitar in the area without it seeing them (which can be done by hitting Tyranitar with a Fluffruit from a distance), Zeraora will jump down to fight Tyranitar. Zeraora’s 3-Star Photo involves capturing it in mid-jump, while the 4-Star photo opportunity is a picture of it fighting Tyranitar.

Zeraora’s appearance does fix what initially seemed to be an oversight in New Pokemon Snap. During the initial release of the game, Voluca Island was the only island in the Lental region to not have a Mythical Pokemon appear in one of its routes. It seems that New Pokemon Snap was simply holding one last surprise for players as part of its new DLC.

This is Zeraora’s second high-profile appearance in a Pokemon game in recent weeks. In addition to being a featured Pokemon in New Pokemon Snap, Zeraora is also a free Pokemon in Pokemon Unite, a new MOBA-style game released by Tencent in recent months.

Sadly, Zeraora is the only Legendary or Mythical Pokemon to appear in the new update. The Gen 2 Legendary Pokemon Raikou and Entei do not appear in the new updates, meaning that they’ve seemingly been left out of New Pokemon Snap barring another DLC update.

New Pokemon Snap is available on the Nintendo Switch now. A free DLC can also be downloaded for the game.


New Pokémon Snap is almost here, so the first reviews for it are rolling in.

It’s easily one of the most anticipated Nintendo games of the year. The original Pokémon Snap was a novel photography game for Nintendo 64. While it had a rough development, to this day there isn’t much else like its on-rails, creature photography gameplay.

Finally, fans have gotten their wish for a follow-up. So, was the wait worth it? According to reviewers, New Pokémon Snap meets expectations with just a few noteworthy hiccups.

New Pokémon Snap faithfully expands the subfranchise

Reception to New Pokémon Snap has been fairly positive, as the game currently sits at a score of 80 on Metacritic. “Whether you’re photographing a Pokémon that burst out in front of you or zooming in to take a shot of one that’s hidden in the distance, the sense of wonder and constant anticipation of what you’ll see next in New Pokémon Snap is exhilarating,” Janae Sitzes says in her 8/10 review of the game on GameSpot.

That review praises the faithful modernization of the classic formula thanks to the addition of nighttime stages, the ability to save and edit photos for a personal album, and “requests” that will point the player in the right direction as they search for Pokémon.

Jon Cartwright also gave the game an 8/10 for Nintendo Life, loving the fact that “Snap presents Pokémon in their purest form; it lets Pokémon be Pokémon without any strings of battling attached — something no other entry even attempts.” These reviews make it clear that if you’re not a fan of turn-based RPGs but love the design of Pokémon, this game might be a better fit for you than upcoming games Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.

Rebekah Valentine surmises it nicely in her 8/10 review for IGN. “After a 22-year gap, New Pokémon Snap is a successful modern reinvention of all the best ideas of Pokémon Snap, with more courses, more Pokémon, and more reasons to revisit familiar spots in pursuit of the perfect shot,” she says.

New Pokémon Snap is a less-than-snappy grind

New Pokémon Snap isn’t a flawless game, as The Washington Post points out how it can feel like a grind at times as you constantly replay levels to get high-scoring images. “After my pride over the accolades that Mirror showered me with had faded, I was left with a strong feeling that I wasn’t having any fun,” Shannon Liao wrote, giving the game a 7/10.

“For a photography game, it could certainly be snappier.”

A 3-star review from The Guardian expresses frustration with the game’s grind as well. “Actually, the repetition in this chilled ecological surveillance started to get to me; for a photography game, it could certainly be snappier,” Keza MacDonald asserts.

Fanbyte’s Imran Khan also shared some negative impressions on Twitter, pointing out that the game can sometimes struggle to run well on…


Earning a bronze medal for registering five unique Pokémon to the Pokédex

Medals are in-game achievements Trainers earn for reaching certain gameplay milestones. A Trainer’s medals are displayed on their profile page. When a Trainer earns a medal, an animated pop-up displays in the Map View, similar to the one when a Trainer levels up.

Each medal has four tiers: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Some medals award Trainers with extra bonuses when they are earned, such as an increased chance of successfully catching certain Pokémon types or unlocking wardrobe pieces for purchase.

List of medals

A Trainer’s medals are split into two sections: general milestones and catching specific Pokémon types. Medals are first sorted in order of tier. Medals at the same tier are then usually sorted by the order in which the related mechanic was added to the game.

General medals

The first section displays medals for general tasks and milestones. These include catching Pokémon, battling in Gyms, challenging other Trainers or Team GO Rocket, and completing each regional Pokédex.

Most of these medals are initially hidden until the player begins progressing them towards the bronze tier. The following medals will always appear even if the player has made no progress on them: Jogger, Collector, Scientist, Breeder, Backpacker, Battle Girl, Ace Trainer and Best Buddy.

Name Requirement None Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Jogger Kilometers walked 10 100 1,000 10,000
Kanto Kanto Pokédex entries registered 5 50 100 151
Collector Pokémon caught 30 500 2,000 50,000
Scientist Pokémon evolved 3 20 200



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When a game lies dormant for over 20 years, there’s bound to be expectations when it rises again. There’s a delicate balance — and one not easily reached — to craft a game fairly, with care toward what made the original so beloved, while also accounting for appropriate modernization. As part of a prestigious, long-running series that at times seems almost too eager to rest upon its nostalgic laurels and as a follow-up to a game old enough to have started its own Pokémon journey twice over, New Pokémon Snap could have easily succumbed to such lifeless complacency. Instead, New Pokémon Snap rests confidently in the center of that target between nostalgic callbacks and necessary evolution. By thoroughly developing each facet of the game, New Pokémon Snap brings the world of Pokémon to life in the most complete way the series has ever seen.

Like its predecessor, New Pokémon Snap is an on-rails (photography) shooter. Your goal is to capture every Pokémon in the new Lental region by snapping photos of them to deliver to the professor. Controls are intuitive with motion controls you can toggle on or off, and the unobtrusive UI at the far edges of the screen serves as a constant reminder of your camera functions should you need it. You can snap your pictures from afar or zoom in, which also slows down your movement slightly. Extra utilities, such as tossing fluffruit and playing music, can be used to affect the Pokémon around you, starting New Pokémon Snap‘s ascent into a lively, dynamic, and complete experience.

Similar to the original Snap, your photos in New Pokémon Snap are scored based on a variety of factors, such as size and if there are other Pokémon in the photo. This time, however, Pokémon perform a range of behaviors categorized into “stars,” with 1-star actions being the most common, going all the way up to rare 4-star actions. Because you can only present one picture of a Pokémon species to the professor at a time, you retread ground to fill out your Photodex not only with each Pokémon but with each of their behaviors. The inherent addictiveness of wanting to complete your Photodex and get the highest score possible on each shot work hand-in-hand with the impressively deep level design to keep players coming back for more.

Environments are expansive and make the most of both visual and audio design.

Despite having over 20 courses, New Pokémon Snap makes sure players want to repeat them through various intrinsic factors. It’s already worth your time to revisit stages because of the sheer number of Pokémon and the interactions they have. You likely won’t see every Pokémon your first time…


Best answer: No. A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is not mandatory for playing Pokémon Sword & Shield. Still, it is beneficial to have one — you won’t be able to trade Pokémon, find other players’ camps, or battle online without it.

What online functions are available?

Pokémon Sword & Shield is a great time, whether you want to play it solo or with friends. Of course, if you want to trade Pokémon, find other players’ camps, and battle online, you’re going to need Nintendo Online. It’s been officially confirmed that online and local wireless functions can be used for battles in the Battle Stadium and Pokémon Trades. Trading includes a new Surprise Trade option, the ability to come across other players’ camps in the game, and a four-player Max Raid Battles mode where players can team up to challenge a powerful Dynamaxed Pokémon.

There is also the ability to transfer Pokémon via the Pokémon HOME service, a mobile app that’s available now for the Nintendo Switch in addition to both Android and iOS devices. You can trade Pokémon with friends all around the world, move Pokémon between compatible games, plus more features with the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan.

With this service, you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon from all current Pokémon games, including Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu & Eevee, and even Pokemon Go into the cloud. From there, you can download your pocket pals into Pokémon Sword & Shield! If you bought the game during the first two months of release, you were also given a special Meowth capable of Gigantamaxing.

What other new options are included?

If you played Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee and have saves from either of these games on your Nintendo Switch system, you’ll receive a special Pikachu or Eevee that can transform into huge Gigantamax forms.

It would be awesome if players from Pokémon Go and Sword & Shield players could collaborate online. Still, due to the lack of GPS in the Nintendo Switch and the fact that Pokémon Go always requires an active internet connection, the developers have confirmed it isn’t possible to collaborate directly with Pokémon Go.

What about mini-games? I love eclectic mini-games as they can easily switch up the gameplay and provide some quick multiplayer action. Could you imagine a snowboarding Pikachu or Pokémon bowling? To my dismay, snowboarding Pikachu isn’t a thing, but you can spend time getting to know your Pokémon better at camp. You can even whip up a dish of delicious curry to complete your Curry Dex.

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The world of Pokemon has been spun off in ridiculous ways. Players have seen fighting games, which come naturally to the franchise, but it’s also had its share of card games, pinball series, puzzle titles and dungeon crawls. The Pokemon Company even approved a project that gamifies and teaches kids to brush their teeth.

At times, there seem to be as many “Pokemon’ games as there are typings in the franchise. One of the early and ingenious ones is “Pokemon Snap.” It’s a title that essentially lets players be a wildlife photographer, but instead of shooting lions, tigers and bears, they take pictures of Squirtles, Bulbasaurs and Charmanders.

When it was released in 1999, the game gained a cult following, but that fandom didn’t translate to a sequel until more than 20 years later, with the arrival of “New Pokemon Snap.”

Players travel through the Lental Region aboard the Neo-One in “New Pokmeon Snap.” (Nintendo) 

The gameplay will be familiar to fans of the original. Players enter a pod called the Neo-One, which trundles along a predetermined path almost like those “Jurassic Park” Ford Explorers. While touring in the vehicle, players can look around and snap images of the creatures. At the end of the tour, players choose images to present to Professor Mirror, who scores them based on six categories: pose, size, direction, placement, other Pokemon and background.

It’s an unusual system that gives players leeway to express their creativity. The images that players produce to hit the high scores aren’t always the best-looking ones or the most artful, but the venture does require patience, timing and a good eye for composition. All of this technically makes “New Pokemon Snap” an on-rail shooter similar to arcade classics like “Time Crisis” or “House of the Dead.”

The big difference lies in the approach and emphasis that’s put on shooting effective images. While other on-rail shooters amp up players with frenetic action, “New Pokemon Snap” is more meditative and strategic. It helps to go through a level more than once so that photographers will know the ins and outs of the stage.

Memorizing the location of Pokemon and how they dart through the route lets players anticipate the best position and setting for pictures. “New Pokemon Snap” also throws in tools such as Fluffruit, music and Illumina orbs. These items let players maneuver pocket monsters into favorable spots or reveal unusual reactions. What’s notable is that as players go through the route and have their photos judged, they increase the research level of the stage and that introduces new Pokemon and other fresh wrinkles.

There’s a lot to take in initially but the developers at Bandai Namco Studios ease players into the experience through a decent story campaign. Players take on the role of a research assistant to Professor Mirror in the Lental Region. He tasks players with studying the Pokemon of the islands by…


More than two decades removed from Pokémon Snap’s debut on Nintendo 64, this unique gaming experience is finally back. New Pokémon Snap effectively carries on the spirit of the original game, tasking you to get the best possible photographs of Pokémon as you travel through environments on a rail line. And while it delivers all the excitement of nabbing the perfect snapshot, like any photography adventure, it’s not without a few undeveloped negatives.

New Pokémon Snap has players assisting Professor Mirror in his research of the Lental region, a diverse area of the world featuring foggy forests, bustling beaches, and more. However, instead of helping the professor by catching and battling the monsters, you use your photography skills to capture them in a different sense of the word.

As you phase into any given level, you’re immediately surrounded by critters to frame up in the lens. With intuitive controls to photograph and interact with Pokémon at your disposal, speed is of the essence, as the Pokémon probably won’t stay in place for long. Whether it’s a Pikachu dashing along the shoreline or a Liepard lounging in the trees, you rarely have a shortage of potential subjects to observe and shoot. Seeing these Pokémon all around you from the first-person perspective is a wondrous experience, giving you an up-close-and-personal way to interact with the series’ beloved creatures.

New Pokémon Snap does a terrific job of balancing the Pokémon in the environment; I rarely felt bored or overwhelmed by the number of creatures I came across. Since you’re traveling through their habitats, not all of the Pokémon are interested in interacting with you. Thankfully, you have various tools at your disposal to draw their attention. Fluffruit nudges and lures Pokémon to a specific spot, a melody player encourages them to dance, your scanner reveals information about your surroundings, and Illumina orbs cause creatures and plants to glow. I loved trying to figure out which tool would evoke the reaction I want from the Pokémon I’m trying to shoot; one creature might have zero interest in dancing or eating, but an Illumina orb might give them a burst of energy, causing them to perform a signature move.

Even the most swivel-headed photographers are sure to miss plenty their first time through an environment. In my initial journey into a sea level, my jaw dropped at some of the interactions taking place between Pokémon, like when a Wingull swooped down and snagged a Finneon out of the water, and I missed my chance to document them. Thankfully, when you replay the levels (and you will plenty of times), you know what to expect the next time you make the trip. In that same session, I couldn’t figure out how to get the best response out of the darting Sharpedo, but I had plenty of other chances thanks to repeat playthroughs.

Traveling through the environments numerous times can begin toeing the line of tedium, but New Pokémon Snap doles out new opportunities, whether…


Action meets RPG as the Pokémon series reaches a new frontier

Get ready for a new kind of grand, Pokémon adventure in Pokémon™ Legends: Arceus, a brand-new game from Game Freak that blends action and exploration with the RPG roots of the Pokémon series. Embark on survey missions in the ancient Hisui region. Explore natural expanses to catch wild Pokémon by learning their behavior, sneaking up, and throwing a well-aimed Poké Ball™. You can also toss the Poké Ball containing your ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon to seamlessly enter battle.

Travel to the Hisui region—the Sinnoh of old—and build the region’s first Pokédex

Your adventure takes place in the expansive natural majesty of the Hisui region, where you are tasked with studying Pokémon to complete the region’s first Pokédex. Mount Coronet rises from the center, surrounded on all sides by areas with distinct environments. In this era—long before the events of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games—you can find newly discovered Pokémon like Wyrdeer, an evolution of Stantler, and new regional forms like Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Zorua, and Hisuian Zoroark! Along the way, uncover the mystery surrounding the Mythical Pokémon known as Arceus.

Preorder for a special in-game costume and download the digital version for Heavy Balls!

The Hisuian Growlithe Kimono Set and a Baneful Fox Mask will be gifted to early purchasers of the Pokémon Legends: Arceus game. You can receive it by choosing Get via internet in the Mystery Gifts* feature in your game, up until May 9th, 2022 at 4:59pm PT. Additionally, players who purchase and download the game before May 9th, 2022 at 4:59pm PT from Nintendo eShop will get an email with a code for 30 Heavy Balls which can be redeemed through the Mystery Gifts* feature until May 16th, 2022 at 4:59pm PT. Heavy Balls have a higher catch rate than regular Poké Balls, but you can’t throw them quite as far.

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