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New Pokémon Snap

Rating Summary

Based on 117 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

76%

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New Pokémon Snap Reviews Summary

Summary: While not every gameplay system thrives, Pokemon Snap is more than a nostalgia safari with its beautiful environments, cute interactions, and solid photography gameplay.

Nostalgic Fun

A great callback and expansion to the original N64 game.

Sense of Discovery

Seeing Pokemon in the wild and discovering new interactions is charming and, occasionally, thrilling.

Repetitive Progression

Many critics felt the game became a little grindy.

General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchApr 30, 2021

Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: Adventure, Simulation

Explore lush scenery on unknown islands to snap photos of Pokémon in their natural habitats Seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon Snap™ game, only for the Nintendo Switch™ system! You'll even discover behaviors and expressions you've never seen before when you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon. You might see them patrolling their territory, playing, or lurking in out-of-the-way spots. Investigate the mysterious Illumina phenomenon Travel to the islands that make up the Lental region. In this region, some of the Pokémon and vegetation will appear to have a special glow. Research these Pokémon alongside Professor Mirror as you explore dense jungles, vast deserts, and more! Your observations of Pokémon thriving in the wild may help unravel the truth behind the Illumina phenomenon. The Pokémon pictures you take will be used to build your very own Pokémon Photodex! This new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64™ system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see! Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Hop in your trusty travel pod, the NEO-ONE, and journey through a variety of environments such as beaches, jungles, and deserts to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. You can even toss Pokémon a delicious fluffruit to catch their attention. Photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex! In the Lental region, Pokémon and vegetation have sometimes been seen to glow. Meet Professor Mirror and work with him to uncover the mystery of the Illumina Phenomenon. Your photos and observations may be key to learning about this strange occurrence.

New Pokémon Snap Critic Reviews

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New Pok'mon Snap captures the strange joy of the original game without being derivative.

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New Pokémon Snap is a photography game with occasionally clunky progression, but which is eager to show off its delightful subjects and let them surprise you.

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

It's been a long time coming but the magic of Pokémon Snap has been effectively recreated in a game that's more challenging and engrossing than its peaceable premise suggests.

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