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Pokémon Snap

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
73
3.5
Wii
...
2.6
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Description

As Todd Snap, an aspiring Pokémon photographer, you must travel through different environment types in order to photograph as many Pokémon as you can find. With the help of Professor Oak, you will discover new places to photograph Pokémon, ranging from those such as a volcano which houses Fire Pokémon to a jungle housing Grass Pokémon. The game features 63 of the original 151 Pokémon, including favorites such as Pikachu and Charizard.

Throughout your journey as a Pokémon photographer you will obtain new items from Professor Oak to help snap a photo of those Pokémon whose attention you just can't seem to attract. At first you are equipped with only an apple, but by taking great photos of various species you will get access to items such as a Pester Ball or a Poké Flute. Gameplay is similar to that of a rail-shooter, in which you move across a linear route and are only able to look around to take pictures. At the end of each route you receive a score from Oak depending on things such as the position of the Pokémon in the frame shot, the size of the Pokémon in the picture, or how many of that Pokémon are together in the shot. Up to 60 photos can be taken during each course and you choose the one to submit to Oak. All the photos you take can later be accessed in your own Pokémon album. The game features six different courses, but a seventh one can be unlocked by taking a picture of a mysterious Pokémon sign in each of the other courses. The seventh course known as Rainbow Cloud offers the only opportunity to snap a photo of the rare and elusive psychic Pokémon, Mew.

Screenshots

Pokémon Snap Wii Well! Well! Do you? I have them in the back...
Pokémon Snap Wii A horrible two-headed bird makes it flightless escape.
Pokémon Snap Wii The teleportation exit.
Pokémon Snap Wii Send to a friend?

Alternate Titles

  • "Pocket Monsters Snap" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケモンスナップ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Game Critics Nintendo 64 Aug 13, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Feb, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Cincinnati Enquirer Nintendo 64 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 88
Virtual Console Reviews Wii 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Nintendo 64 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Super Play Nintendo 64 Sep, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 11, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
GameCola.net Nintendo 64 Jan, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Retroage Nintendo 64 Mar 05, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Joypad Nintendo 64 Sep, 2000 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Virtual Console version

When released for Virtual Console on the Wii, a couple changes were made to the game. First, Jynx's skin color was changed from black to purple to match its current design and avoid the controversy its original design had caused due to its resemblance of the blackface caricature. Second, in order to mimic the functionality of the Pokémon Snap Stations found in stores that let players bring in their cartridges and print their pictures, a feature was added that let players upload one picture each day to the Wii Message Board to share with people on their friend list.

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