Get ready to satiate the inner child within you as the brand new Nintendo Switch version of the classic 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64- New Pokémon Snap– finally gets a release date and a trailer showing just how far the world of Pokémon has come in the last twenty five years.
The trailer is brief but it shows off an absolutely stunning world filled with a variety of Pokémon across the eight generations. As with the original, you take on the role of a budding photographer trying to capture images of Pokémon as they go about their lives in the natural world. What caught my eye about this trailer is just how alive the world looks. Some criticism was aimed at the most recent game in the main series- Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield– for having a bit of an underwhelming world but New Pokémon Snap definitely seems to be turning the tide in terms of this. Some of the Pokémon we see in the trailer include a Pichu and a Grookey getting super excited over an apple (I mean, apples are amazing after all), a cute Torchic roasting some food and a lounging Primarina.
For more information, have a read of the official press release for the game below and check out the trailer above. It’s not too long to wait for the game either, as New Pokémon Snap has been confirmed to be releasing on April 30th 2021 for the Nintendo Switch.
Explore the Natural Wonders of the Lental Region and Uncover the Mystery Behind the Illumina Phenomenon in New Pokémon Snap
Become a Budding Pokémon Photographer When New Pokémon Snap Launches April 30, Exclusively on Nintendo Switch
VANCOUVER, B.C, Jan. 14, 2021 – Get ready to visit the many beautiful isles of the Lental region in the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch family of systems. Filled with diverse ecosystems, from dense jungles to vast deserts, the archipelago of the region is an untouched natural marvel, packed to the brim with Pokémon just waiting to be discovered!
In New Pokémon Snap, players will take on the role of a budding Pokémon photographer and work with the Lental region expert, Professor Mirror, and his assistant, Rita, on an ecological survey to photograph Pokémon thriving in nature. In a new trailer released today, additional footage and details were unveiled for New Pokémon Snap, including its April 30 launch date.
“New Pokémon Snap presents a fun twist on a Pokémon adventure, with enchanting gameplay that lets players see some of their favourite Pokémon in a different light,” said Dominic Gross, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager. “This new game is a fun addition to the strong lineup of Pokémon titles available on Nintendo Switch, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures when New Pokémon Snap launches on April 30.”
Wild Pokémon are all around and have adapted to thrive in all the various natural expanses of the Lental region. They may be seen living in groups patrolling their territory, wandering serenely on their own or even playing with other Pokémon species. With a careful eye and a photographer’s keen sense of adventure, you’ll be able to spot Pokémon lurking in all sorts of places, including secluded hideaways … and sometimes swooping down suddenly from the sky! Players will be able to interact with Pokémon by throwing a Fluffruit, a tasty fruit found across the region, to catch their attention or watch them eat. You can even use this fruit to help draw out Pokémon into a variety of situations to see how they react. These serendipitous opportunities present a special challenge, and catching them with your camera at the perfect moment may gain you higher scores.
Professor Mirror will evaluate and score players’ photos taken on their adventures. Pokémon photography is evaluated based on the subjects’ poses, how large they appear, how directly they’re facing the camera and where they fall in frame. As players take more photos and fulfill research on their journey, they may see Pokémon look and behave in entirely new ways. Players will have to take many photos and use their highest-scoring shots to fill out their Photodex, a collection of Pokémon photographs.
The untouched depths of the Lental region may sound daunting at first, but don’t worry. Explorers will hop into the NEO-ONE, an auto-driving vehicle, which will steer them across various paths on each island and will help free up time to focus on snapping the perfect shots. Throughout your missions, you may even get to see Pokémon looking and behaving differently than ever before. These special moments are memories to savour, so, luckily, you’ll always have your trusty camera on hand to capture them for Pokémon posterity.
Some Pokémon and vegetation that players 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. Jump into the trusty NEO-ONE and uncover the mystery behind the Illumina Phenomenon!
To learn more about New Pokémon Snap, visit Pokemon.com/NewPokemonSnap. New Pokémon Snap launches in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com on April 30 at a suggested retail price of $79.99. If players want to begin snapping Pokémon photos as soon as the game launches, pre-order is available beginning today.