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Have you ever wanted to be a budding Pokémon photographer but weren’t sure how you went about qualifying for that kind of position? Well, then you’re in luck! The New Pokémon Snap game released on April 30th lets you do just that. This release is the new, updated version of the classic 1999 Pokémon Snap game. Originally made for the Nintendo 64, the New Pokémon Snap game is the newest Nintendo Switch release and it’s already a fan favorite.
I will admit that when I first heard the premise of the game was to take pictures of Pokémon thriving in nature, I was a little confused. Sure, it sounded kind of fun, and the photographer in me was super excited to see how it worked. But, in the back of my mind, I wondered how could a game that simple could keep your attention for long.
Honestly, I’m still not sure – I just know it somehow works, and it somehow brings you back for more. My most skeptical reviewer was instantly sucked into the game. In no time he was sharing his favorite Snaps with me… not just for an afternoon, but ever since it arrived at our house.
What is the New Pokémon Snap game?
Wild Pokémon are all around and thriving in natural expanses of the Lental region. Professor Mirror and his assistant, Rita, need your help to find and photograph Pokémon for an ecological survey. You will hop in the NEO-ONE auto driving vehicle and explore across each island.
With his training you will learn how to track Pokémon, how to spot them, and how to best photograph them in their natural habitat. Interact with Pokémon by throwing them treats for them to eat. Catch a picture at the perfect moment and you can get higher scores from Professor Mirror.
As a photographer, I love that players are actually learning something about photography while playing. Professor Mirror evaluates each picture on a variety of criteria, and gives 1-4 stars. Photos are based on poses, how the Pokémon fills the frame, composition, and interesting behaviors captured.
What’s the hook?
Well, besides trying to find all the Pokémon, photograph them well, and get high scores from Professor Mirror, there is a bit more. Some Pokémon and vegetation you may discover will appear to have a special glow. These strange occurrences are found only in the Lental region and are known as the Illumina Phenomenon. With the help of the NEO-ONE and your trusty camera, you can find the mystery behind this strange glow.
Find Pokémon and snap away, choosing your favorite pose to submit to Professor Mirror. Display your very best shots to build your own Photodex to enjoy later.
You can save photos to your personal in-game album to edit and adjust. When you complete a course, you can adjust the brightness, blur, zoom, and edit other aspects of your photo in Re-Snap mode. Then, use stickers, frames, and filters to add a personal touch and you can even share your favorite photos with family and friends in-game.