The Nintendo Switch is Getting an All-New Pokémon Snap Game
With E3 2020 being cancelled, huge game announcements have been scattered all over the place in various miniature livestreams and events for different companies. One of those companies is the Pokémon Company themselves, who have a ton of things planned for fans of the series over the next few weeks. The announcements are being divulged through 'Pokémon Presents' videos, which are stylized like Pokémon-themed Nintendo Directs with different games both big and small. The first one dropped just the other day and contained a handful of little projects alongside a huge reveal: There's a new Pokémon Snap game now in development for Nintendo Switch. It's like the 90s all over again.
Pokémon Snap was a pretty bizarre, chill game that released at the end of the 90s for the Nintendo 64. Rather than attempting to catch the Pokémon themselves, the goal of the game is to capture photographs of them in their natural habitats. Armed with a camera, you're tasked with taking the best photographs you can of the Pokémon, being assigned a grade at the very end of each round. The game played like a first-person rail shooter, so you had to time your shots right and make each moment count. As you would play through the game, upgrades would be obtained from everyone's favorite Professor Oak that would unlock new paths to explore in previous levels (adding some Metroidvania elements as a result). This led to a lot of replay value for it, with eager players exploring the limits of the systems to take the best shots and find whatever secrets they could. Overall, the game featured a little under half of the original 151 Pokémon roster.
There's not much known about this new Pokémon Snap outside of its name: New Pokémon Snap (how aptly titled!). The game is being developed by Bandai Namco this time around, rather than the original developers at HAL Laboratory. "The New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch system is based on its namesake, which was first released for the Nintendo 64 console in 1999," the Pokémon Company says in a description of the new title. "This game will take Trainers on an adventure to unknown islands overflowing with natural sights such as jungles and beaches, where they can research various Pokémon in their natural habitats. They will take photos to make their very own in-game Pokémon Photodex, all while discovering new, never-before-seen Pokémon expressions and behaviors." Aside from islands, New Pokémon Snap will also feature a variety of other locales, such as deserts and jungles.
In this current time of strife, pandemics, and other kinds of chaos, a relaxing game like Pokémon Snap is exactly what everyone needs right about now. There's no release information just yet, but the gameplay footage is viewable in the full Pokémon Presents broadcast down below. If you're curious about the original classic and want to give it a try for yourself, it comes in two flavors: The original Nintendo 64 version OR the Wii U Virtual Console port. Which you choose simply comes down to a matter of aesthetic preferences and controls, though obviously the latter will be easier to obtain than the former. Some other announcements during the presentation include a free-to-play puzzle game (Pokémon Cafe Mix), Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Go, and a free app that assists in toothbrushing of all things. The company isn't content to slow down on the news just yet, either; another Pokémon Presents broadcast will air on June 24th just next week. Expect the announcement of another major Pokémon title.