Japanese tech company Fujifilm are bringing the retro vibes back as we edge closer to the release date of the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch. Fujifilm are collaborating with Nintendo to let us print pictures directly from the Switch via the INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone Printer. In order to celebrate the release of New Pokémon Snap, this cool little gizmo will allow you to actually print off the images that you take in game via the mini printer and the accompanying smart phone app. As someone who desperately wanted the original Pokémon Snap when I was kid- but never actually got it which I definitely did not cry about- so I could take tons of Pokémon pictures, this makes my inner child jump for joy. This printer will also work with other games for the Nintendo Switch, so you will be able to take snaps of your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island and more as well as the Pokémon in New Pokémon Snap.
Not only that but there will also be a Mini Link Special Edition which will have specific colouring to match the Nintendo Switch as well as a special bundle with a silicone Pikachu case. Again, that inner child is doing back flips right now. Have a look at the official press release below for the Nintendo and Fujifilm collaboration below for all of the information on the upcoming Mini Link Printer release, coming April 30th, 2021.
Fujifilm announces introduction of the INSTAX Mini Link® for Nintendo Switch™ Smartphone Printer and Smartphone App
Collaboration with Nintendo introduces image printing with Nintendo Switch game content including Animal Crossing™: New Horizons, Super Mario™ Odyssey, and New Pokémon SnapTM
Valhalla, N.Y. – FUJIFILM Corporation in collaboration with Nintendo Co., Ltd. is revolutionizing how gamers can share their game play, featuring the introduction of the INSTAX Mini Link® for Nintendo Switch Smartphone Printer (hereinafter “Mini Link Special Edition”). As part of this collaboration, Nintendo Switch owners can create fun custom prints of their game play right from their Mini Link Special Edition using the new, dedicated Smartphone App*1.
The new Mini Link Special Edition and related product App is expected to be released to authorized Fujifilm product dealers on April 30, 2021, in conjunction with the launch of the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo SwitchTM system. The App allows filters and frames to be added to screenshots taken using the Nintendo Switch capture function, which can be printed onto INSTAX instant images via the Mini Link Special Edition for users to display and share. A simple QR Code scan of the game screen using the Mini Link Special Edition App allows the image to be printed with a variety of frames based on characters from Nintendo Switch games including New Pokémon Snap, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario™ Odyssey. Current INSTAX MINI LINK Smartphone printer users can also download this new App for free, for use with their existing INSTAX MINI LINK Smartphone printer product*2.
To celebrate this collaboration, the Mini Link Special Edition will be featured in Ash White, with red accents on the top surface, and with the power button accented in blue, denoting the signature colors of the Nintendo Switch system. It will be available not only as a single printer, but also in a special bundle with a customized silicone case designed with the popular Pokémon Pikachu. The special bundle will be released in a limited quantity several weeks after release of the Mini Link Special Edition.
Pricing and Availability
This new Mini Link Special Edition is expected to be available at retail in late April 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99.95 USD ($129.99 CDN). The bundle is expected to be available late May 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $119.95 USD ($179.99 CDN). For more information, please visit https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/consumer/INSTAX/printers.
*1: A free Smartphone App, compatible with Android phones and iPhones, is required for use of the Mini Link Switch. It can be downloaded from Google Play in the case of Android phones and from the App Store for iPhones. Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. iPhone and App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc. used under license. There are some countries and regions where consumers will not be able to download the dedicated Smartphone App “INSTAX MINI LINK for Nintendo Switch”.
*2: The dedicated Smartphone App “INSTAX MINI LINK for Nintendo Switch” can be used not only with the new Mini Link Switch “Ash White (Red&Blue)” printer, but also with the full lineup of “Ash White”, “Dusky Pink,” and “Dark Denim” INSTAX MINI LINK Smartphone printer products.