Flashback Friday: Pokemon Snap

Double Jump Kris Mii Happy Friday, everyone! Is everyone ready for April?
This week is all about one of my favorite Nintendo 64 games: Pokemon Snap! This game was everything that I wish Pokemon GO had been right off the bat. 
Pokemon Snap was first released on the Nintendo 64 back in 1999, then on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2007. Just last year in 2016, Pokemon Snap came to the Wii U’s Virtual Console. It’s developed a nearly cult following with its addictive game play.
The game’s premise itself is fairly simple. As the avatar, you travel around various areas on Pokemon Island in a special vehicle to take pictures of different Pokemon species. Your goal is to get the best shot to impress Professor Oak and gain the highest score. There are a few secrets around the island, such as landscapes that will resemble Pokemon when photographed from the right angle. Unlocking these secrets will reveal the final area where you can try to photograph a rare Pokemon.
The more photographs and the higher your overall score becomes, the more items you unlock to help your photographs improve. Apples and Pester Balls can make the Pokemon do various moves or pose differently as well as unlocking even more species to photograph, either by driving the species out of hiding or even making other Pokemon evolve.
Pokemon Snap, while simplistic in design and mechanics, is one of the most nostalgia inducing games that I remember playing. Pokemon is a fantastic franchise, and to have a side game that includes the adorable creatures in a relaxing setting was a good move on Nintendo’s part.

Have you ever played Pokemon Snap? What was your favorite aspect of the game?

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Readers Comments (10)

  1. Oh, how I love this game! I think my favorite aspect is trying to outscore your current best picture for a certain Pokémon.
    Whenever I think about this game, the question that comes to my mind is: why in the world hasn’t Nintendo given us a sequel? This would be the perfect game for a charming little downloadable title. Plus, it’s a Pokémon game, it would sell like crazy!!!

    • A sequel to Pokemon Snap is what I wished Pokemon Go had been! I heard you can take pics in Go now, but I would have loved the aspect of taking pics & sharing them over servers in the augmented reality. Maybe they’ll think of something like Pokemon Snap 2 for the Switch!

  2. I think the world is ready for a new Pokemon Snap!!
    Just a question: This wasnt’ supposed to be a Thursday article?

    • I think the world has been waiting quite a long time for Pokemon Snap! And Pokemon Stadium, we miss those games too…
      No, this is a Friday post rather than Thursday. I know Rachel does Throwback Thursdays once in a while, and I do Flashback or Favorites for Friday. 🙂

  3. I love Pokemon Snap! With every new system, I keep thinking that it’d be perfect for a new Snap game. The 3DS had gyro and AR, so I thought it would work great. We never got it. The Wii U GamePad was pretty much a tool that could be used as a camera. It would have been a great function for the GamePad. Nothing happened. I’m not expecting it to come for Switch, but I do hope that they consider making an update for Snap with all the new Pokemon. My favorite part of the old game, was trying to “catch ’em all” on camera. But the original didn’t even have all 151 Pokemon. I would love one that had a full regional Pokedex, and the beautiful region of Alola would make a perfect setting for a new game.

    • I can’t even begin to imagine how much power the game would need if Pokemon Snap 2 featured all 800+ Pokemon! It’d be so amazing though… Imagine if Pokemon Snap 2 came to a virtual reality console. I would love that!
      Alola would be a fun region to set it in, especially since Sun and Moon had that feature with your Rotom Pokedex where you could take pictures of random Pokemon in predetermined settings. Maybe we can be cautiously optimistic that Nintendo was hinting towards Snap 2…?

  4. We were hoping Pokémon Go was going to be like Pokémon Snap, too! I think it would have been amazing.

    • I think it could have worked really well, as long as they had powerful enough servers. Taking images of Pokemon, sending your favorites to friends… Battles are always fun as well, but I would have been cool with a “Pokemon Instagram” game where you get thumbs-up on photos of Pokemon in augmented reality.
      Perhaps one day…

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