It’s been 21 long years since Pokemon Snap was released. Yeah, that’s right. 21 YEARS.
Pokemon Snap was released on March 21st, 1999 for the Nintendo 64 and went on to gain a cult following among fans. The game consisted of taking photographs of wild Pokemon while traversing an island. It played much like an on-rails arcade shooter, with the player having limited movement. The arcade-like gameplay strongly encouraged replaying courses over and over in order to find and photograph every Pokemon and obtain the highest scores.
On June 17th, Nintendo formally announced that a sequel, aptly named New Pokemon Snap, would be arriving on the Nintendo Switch some time in the future but with no release date specified.
The trailer showcases the tried-and-true arcade-like gameplay that the original was known for but now with all-new pocket monsters and updated visuals. Though the Pokemon franchise has never been known for its graphics, New Pokemon Snap easily outclasses previous entries in the graphics department. It looks particularly better than last year’s mainline titles, Sword and Shield.
Other than the graphics, I’m most interested in the addition of all of the new creatures. As the original game released back in 1999, only the original 151 were included. But with this sequel’s release, it appears that all 8 generations of Pokemon will be included as new additions like the 8th gen fire-starter Scorbunny can be spotted in the trailer. It’s unclear, however, as to whether all Pokemon from every generation will be included or if some Pokemon will be missing.
Though still very little is known about the newly announced title, I for one cannot wait for the sequel’s arrival. What do you think? Are you excited to pick up New Pokemon Snap? Sound off in the comments!
And if you’re interested in getting refreshed on the series, feel free to follow me on Twitch here as I’ll be playing the original Pokemon Snap leading up to the sequel’s release.