Honest Review New Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch


It’s been a long time since the days of N64 and Pokémon Snap. In fact, more than two decades ago, we saw a generation of Pokéfans climbing on the zero-one buggy seat to take on Todd and taking pictures of Pokémon Gen-1 so that Professor Oak could maul them. This time it’s very similar in the new Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch, but now you’re in the hot seat and getting in touch with Professor Mirror. And there are over 200 fan favorites spanning generations that you have to look for.

The research laboratory is beautifully located in the Lental area and under the leadership of Professor Mirror and Co. They are quickly put on the task of studying a strange phenomenon called “Illumina”. In essence, some Pokémon have been seen with a glowing aura that occurs under certain conditions, and the professor asks them to reconstruct the theory behind these events. It’s a loose plot that I’ve never really felt involved in, but it’s a step up from the previous game and at least serves as a foundation for you and your camera to go out into the wild.

If you are new to Pokémon Snap games, the idea is pretty simple in terms of gameplay. If you’re familiar with Disney’s “it’S a Small World” ride, where creepy kids singing animatronics are strategically placed as interesting areas along the boat ride, the new Pokémon Snap is similar in style, but thankfully not in aesthetics. Here you are using a camera capable of scanning, throwing apples and glowing balls, so it’s a very slow train ride, where it’s up to you to take interesting photos of Pokémon in their natural habitat. Players need to carefully monitor their behavior and movement patterns, as well as use the environment to trigger certain actions in the game in order to get a decent number of points from the teacher’s mirror.

Unfortunately, similar to the notorious slow walking on the water, it becomes boring to repeatedly move along the same routes. There are a total of 23 courses counting day/night versions, but I found trouble between four and five hours. In this sequel, Professor Mirror assigns you research points.

The better the photo, the more points you get. After completing a course, usually in about five minutes, points are earned, allowing you to increase your level of research and discover more places to visit. There is a level limit, but I was able to progress quite easily in less than 15 hours it took me to finish the core story. However, it takes a little looping to progress during the adventure, which means you’ll probably have to repeat the same handful of classes, making the whole process a bit tedious.

Fortunately, Bandai Namco has done a fantastic job in bringing the Pokémon world to life, which helps to damage the slower parts of the adventure. Watching Pokémon wander through the lush jungle of the Florio Natural Park and into the vibrant depths of the lental seabed, where the luvdisc schools are located, almost every place is interesting to visit. For example, you really want to get this four-star picture of Bulbasaur or get a perfectly framed shot of an exegete sitting on the sunny beaches of Maricopia. There is a lot of replayability here, because when you complete a course the first time, you want to come back more and catch as many Pokémon as possible. However, the reward lies in returning to a road to catch this difficult-to-catch Pokémon.

Most places can bestrikeed day and night. It’s fun to visit the same region, but in a different light, and in combination with the behavioral patterns that are adapted differently for each Pokémon, it’s a pleasant sight. When it was darkest to advance through the jungles of Founja, I was able to photograph the otherwise illusory Liepard. The way creatures interact with each other is not only fun in itself, but separating them by throwing off or sleeping in the same plane will also do wonders for these research points. In addition, it can be incredibly sweet.

For finishers, completing the PhotoDex comes with a considerable amount of extra playtime, as they can take photos of one to four stars from each Pokémon. While this is a tedious task, it’s a great way to extend the lifespan of the new Snap Pokémon. However, questions arise about Professor Mirror’s ability to jot down his images. On many occasions, I found that the rating system was biased when I decided to skip the manual selection of the photos to be rated. The possibility of having the teacher selected automatically certainly speeds up the process, but it also means that the PhotoDex quickly fills up with every variant that makes the cut. Oddly enough, sometimes it felt like I was cheating, but in the end it was a great way to do things. Completing the PhotoDex is not required, and some post-game skills will certainly help in this, which will be a joy for those who want to complete 100%.

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