Go ahead, wipe your eyes one more time for this one! Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch and being remade to fit the new roster of Pokémon!
The original Pokémon Snap came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, a very linear game focused on capturing images of Pokémon in their natural habitat. You play as a photographer, Todd Snap, whose mission is to capture photos of Pokémon with the help of apples and pester balls.
The original game was developed by HAL Laboratory, a Japanese game developer, and most known for the Kirby game series and the Earthbound/Mother game series. Pokémon Snap was also developed by Pax Softnica, a game developing company known to work exclusively for Nintendo. Though now Pax Softnica goes only by Softnica and stopped working for Nintendo. Softnica is known for the Earthbound/Mother game series. According to Gamespot, the original game was rather successful.
The New Pokémon Snap game is going to be the same premise, taking pictures of Pokémon that are undisturbed by humans, but this time with some new Pokémon and better graphics and releasing on the Nintendo Switch. This time around it is being developed by Bandai Namco. The new game was revealed during a Pokémon Presents video on their Youtube channel.
They revealed the following on the Pokémon Presents:
- Pokémon Smile, a mobile game directed towards kids to help them brush their teeth and make it less stressful on both the child and the parent and free to download.
- Pokémon Cafe Mix, another mobile game that is also on the Nintendo Switch, a puzzle game with the basis of you as the owner and Pokémon as the employees and customers. It is free to play, but has in-game purchases.
The New Pokémon Snap game has yet to get a release date by Nintendo as of writing this.
I won’t lie, the original game really piqued my interest in photography and gaming journalism. It got me to convince my mom to subscribe to gaming magazines and National Geographic. But at the time I didn’t know I could be a gaming journalist, so this game has a big spot in my heart and in my nostalgia!