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Pokémon Snap

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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.

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.


Pokémon Snap Wii Tutorial pidgey.
Pokémon Snap Wii Trying to save a pikachu with an apple.
Pokémon Snap Wii An amazing hover car... that will never be able to clear slight objects.
Pokémon Snap Wii Options

Alternate Titles

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

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Video Games Nintendo 64 Oct, 1999 4 out of 4 100
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Feb, 2003 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Nintendo 64 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Target Nintendo 64 Jun 22, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Nintendo 64 Sep, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Mag'64 Wii Dec 10, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
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
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Sep, 2000 61 out of 100 61
Retroage Nintendo 64 Mar 05, 2011 6 out of 10 60


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Number of Pokémon

There are a total of 63 different types of Pokémon in Pokémon Snap. This being a Nintendo 64 game, many people have searched in vain for one last "hidden" Pokémon.

This was the first Pokémon game released for the Nintendo 64.


The original concept for Pokémon Snap wasn't a Pokémon game at all, but rather a generic photography game. When the developers realized there was no motivating factor for the gameplay, they decided to add Pokémon as an appealing photography subject for players.

Information also contributed by Cantillon, Opipeuter, Michael Cassidy and Lain Crowley

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