New Pokémon Snap is another example of how Nintendo is reviving a popular title to new audiences and is no doubt about to grab the attention of those who played the original game back in 1999. Reviving previous titles is something that Nintendo does incredibly well, largely thanks to the fact that it has a rich library of classic games that will appeal to both young and older audiences. Everyone has their favorites and a personal list of older Nintendo games they’d love to see new (give us a new F-Zero, please!).
The problem, however, is that not every title will stand the test of time. Once the warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia wear off, New Pokémon Snap feels rudimentary by today’s standards, and we found it extremely monotonous to play. There is just not enough variety on offer and fleeting moments of pleasure that make it difficult to justify the price.
Of course, there’s no denying that New Pokémon Snap can bring back fond memories for those who played the original Pokémon Snap game on the N64. But it’s hard to fathom how anyone other than a child could seriously enjoy this flat safari park style experience for more than a few hours.
New Pokémon Snap price and release date
- What is it? An on-rail photo game in which you take photos of Pokémon
- Release date? April 30, 2021
- What can i play it on Nintendo Switch
- Price? $ 59.99 / £ 49.99 / A $ 79.95
- Easy to learn controls
- Accessible to all players
You start with New Pokémon Snap by choosing from a selection of pre-made characters – there are no customization options available – who will act as your silent avatar for the game. Shortly thereafter, the player will be introduced to two main characters, Rita and Professor Mirror, who enlisted your help in photographing Pokémon in the Lental region, which is made up of various unknown islands.
In addition to filling up your Photodex with tons of pictures of cute Pokémon from generations, your main goal is to hop across the different islands to learn more about the Illumina phenomenon that can give Pokémon an otherworldly glow. Essentially, you are on a research mission and your camera is key to discovery.
A short tutorial will walk you through the game’s controls, which are very easy to learn. You control the camera using the analog sticks or, if you want a more realistic experience, the Nintendo Switch’s built-in gyro controls. You can zoom with the ZL button and take pictures by pressing A. It’s intuitive and we really appreciate that we can tweak our recordings using the Nintendo Switch’s gyro controls.
The tutorial also explains how to get the perfect picture, and this is where the game’s biggest challenge lies. It is not enough to shoot through a roll of film without care or attention. You need to consider the posture, direction, what’s going on in the background, and the size of your subject of a Pokémon when it’s lined up in your lens. Everyone knows how to take a good photo, and the same basic rules apply to New Pokémon Snap.
- Getting the best results is a challenge
- New activations create new opportunities
- Mini-missions and in-game achievements add depth
Fortunately, the game isn’t all about pointing the camera at Pokémon and yelling “Cheese!” As you progress through the game, increasing your level of research over the results obtained from Professor Mirror, you’ll get upgrades to your research camera and the ability to throw fluffruit at a nearby Pokémon. This is the whole point of how you can discover more types of Pokémon that may be hidden and how you can trigger unique reactions. It is these snapshots that will get you the highest scores.
Speaking of points, every photo you take is given a rating of between one and four stars, and Professor Mirror rates it accordingly after each outing. You can choose the photos yourself, neatly organized in folders of each Pokémon you’ve captured, or let the game automatically pick the best for you. This auto selection feature is a lifesaver as the idea of sifting through tons of photos of a Magikarp is not our idea of a good time and the game will sometimes surprise you with a “good” photo.
If you want to get that four star rating, you have to try and capture Pokémon in the middle of an open moment, which again can be done with the right tool for the job. Some Pokémon may need a fluffruit to coax them out of hiding or a tune to wake them up from their sleep. You’ll also unlock a scanning feature early on, which sometimes reveals new routes, and mini-missions to complete that will earn you your titles (basically in-game achievements) and other items for the editing suite. It’s a nice puzzle-solving element that will make any trip to your destination a little more interesting.
Change the movie already
As the game progresses, you will have to regularly check the routes on the various islands that you will have to visit frequently, while slowly increasing your level of research. The Pokémon you discover and the actions you see change in subtle ways as your level of research increases. In all fairness, the thrill of seeing Pokémon running around in the lush, and sometimes beautiful, landscape wears off extremely quickly.
Yes, we smiled when an emolga flew straight towards us after sitting in a nearby tree for the first time, and there are different places like desert, beach or jungle that are inhabited by new types of Pokémon around snap away to your heart’s content. But it’s often the exact same route that you have to go through, the same Pokémon that you have to photograph, all with the prospect of a slightly better rating. This cute and cuddly Emolga soon lost her charm the fourth time she flew over our heads, and New Pokémon Snap doesn’t feel organic enough to make it worth the overhaul of the same steps. It can often feel like a groundhog.
- Share your photos online with other players
- Edit your pictures in a number of ways
- With Photodex, you can display all of your best photos
But what can players expect if they don’t take pictures of Pokémon? Basically photo editing and community sharing. You can connect to the internet and share your favorite photos with other New Pokémon Snap players, who can mark the pictures they like the most with a Sweet! Medal. You can also edit your photos in engaging ways using the re-snap feature and photo editing options that allow you to add filters, change the exposure, or put fun stickers on your pictures. Unfortunately, you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to access the online functionality. However, you can still share your Pokémon pictures as usual: take a screenshot on the Switch and share it on social media.
If you want, you can also browse your burgeoning album of Pokémon photos in your Photodex, which shows 3D models of your various subjects, as well as information on key stats like height, weight, and type. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do outside of the main game.
A real life safari park is fun the first time, but imagine if someone asked you to do it five times in a row with the slim chance that you would discover something new? Sounds like a chore, doesn’t it? This is what New Pokémon Snap feels like. It is a real challenge to play and the rewards just aren’t big enough to justify the amount of time it takes to invest. If you love Pokémon and have always dreamed of capturing them all through the lens of a camera, at least it keeps that promise. Just keep track of your expectations for how fun it is to photograph Pokémon over and over again.
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