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New Pokémon Snap

Nintendo, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.
Apr 30, 2021 - Nintendo Switch
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
Recommended
IGN
8 / 10
Easy Allies
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
8.5 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
Game Revolution
6.5 / 10
Destructoid
8.5 / 10

New Pokémon Snap Review Summary

StrongCritic Consensus

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.

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


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Critic Reviews for New Pokémon Snap

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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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
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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The thrill of nabbing the perfect shot never dulls, but the repetition of traveling through the same environments sometimes grows weary

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New Pokemon Snap pays homage to the Nintendo 64 classic while venturing off in bold new directions.

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Handing in a four-star, 4,000-point photo of a Pokemon having a great time is satisfying, but New Pokemon Snap’s tedious progression makes it far more exhausting than it should be. I just wanted to see these beloved creatures frolicking with one another in their natural habitat, while simultaneously doing my best David Attenborough impersonation and capturing their antics on camera. However, its levels are far too structured for me to believe in its weird world, while its secrets are more laborious to uncover than they are fun. I had a reasonably enjoyable time with New Pokemon Snap, though it’s still a missed opportunity to do something with these creatures other than beat them up.

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New Pokémon Snap is a sign of the times in that way, but while it's adapted to the age of Instagram, it hasn't lost its soul in the process. This is the Pokémon Snap you remember, with a few additions that don't always hit as resoundingly, but the foundation has been well-kept. It was a blast to spend a weekend just blasting through every ride this park had to offer, and they're varied enough that I know I can go back today, tomorrow, and months from now, and still find new things to photograph, new interactions to fool around with, and a good time to be had.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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