Pokemon Snap 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. 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!
Pokemon Snap Originally announced as a Nintendo 64DD title, development of Pokémon Snap was moved to the Nintendo 64 due to the 64DD’s delays. The gameplay is similar to other first-person games, viewing from the perspective of protagonist Todd Snap as he moves automatically on a rail. The objective of the game is to take pictures of Pokémon with your camera, using items such as apples and “pester balls” to achieve better shots. After each round, players are judged based on the quality of their photos. The Virtual Console version features the ability to send pictures taken in the game to the Wii Message Board and send them to friends, whereas the Nintendo 64 cartridge could be taken to either Blockbuster or Lawson stores in North America and Japan to have pictures from the game printed on stickers.
Its release was promoted heavily by Nintendo, including being featured in more than 86,000 hotels, and a contest to send the winner to Australia. By the end of 1999, Pokémon Snap sold 1.5 million copies, and was a strong rental title in 1999 after its release. It was met with a mostly positive reception by critics, described as “addictive” by IGN and Boys’ Life, and “innovative” by Electric Playground. It has also been compared to other video games with photography, such as Afrika, Dead Rising, and Beyond Good & Evil. It has also been used as a notable example of video games with photography.
A sequel called New Pokémon Snap was announced in 2020 and was released for the Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021.
At the start of the game, the player is invited by Professor Mirror and Rita to the Laboratory of Ecology and Natural Sciences in the Lental region to conduct a survey of the Illumina phenomenon that has been recorded in a travelogue written by Captain Vince. The player first takes pictures of Pokémon in the Florio Nature Park. Later, the professor allows the player to take pictures in the nature park at night and the player unlocks the scan function. At the end of the nature park, Professor Mirror senses an incredibly strong energy reading, and asks the player to research it for him. After that, the player returns to the park to discover the first Illumina Pokémon spotted in 100 years, Meganium.
Professor Mirror is thrilled after seeing Meganium, and he requests the player take pictures of the three other Illumina Pokemon in the travelogue. The player later unlocks the function to use fluffruits. Todd Snap and Phil later arrive at the laboratory, and Phil treats the player as his rival. The player then visits Founja Jungle. After taking pictures of glowing crystablooms at Florio Island and Belusylva Island, Professor Mirror creates Illumina orbs, which can cause Pokémon to temporarily be in the Illumina state.
The player can then choose to visit the Maricopia Islands or Voluca Island. During this period, the player unlocks Blushing Beach, Maricopia Reef, Lental Seafloor, Sweltering Sands, Fireflow Volcano, and Elsewhere Forest. The player also obtains Illumina orbs for use on the other islands, and pictures of the other three Illumina Pokémon, Wishiwashi, Milotic, and Volcarona. After this, Professor Mirror finds an energy reading at Durice Island, an island not mentioned in the travelogue. After taking pictures of the Pokémon in Shiver Snowfields, the player unlocks Outaway Cave, which is the source of that energy reading. After taking pictures of the Illumina Steelix found in the area, a mural depicting the five Illumina Pokémon is found.