The Pokémon Company started off their 25th anniversary announcement stream with a deep dive trailer revealing more about New Pokémon Snap, the Nintendo Switch sequel to the cult classic N64 game Pokémon Snap. New Pokémon Snap will be out on 30th April.
The trailer showed off a good slice of gameplay, demonstrating how you can interact with the wild Pokémon while journeying on the rails through environments, as well as revealing that Legendary Pokémon Celebi will feature in the game.
This game will take players to the Lental region with over 200 Pokémon to photograph while you also investigate the Illumina phenomenon, in which these Pokémon glow. An untamed archipelago, you’ll be travelling through everything from dense jungles to dry, dry deserts, with tons of wild Pokémon to try and find in each area.
Unlike in the original game, where you were travelling to Pokémon Island at Professor Oak’s request, Lental has its own Pokémon Prof, Pofessor Mirror. You’ll be heading out to explore in a safe automated travel pod, the NEO-ONE, and while any photo of a Pokémon is a good photo, Professor Mirror will evaluate your photos based on their poses, how large they appear, if they’re facing you and where they are in frame. You’ll be interacting with the Pokémon as well, throwing “fluffruit” to try and catch their attention and lure them into the perfect spot and pose as they seek a tasty little snack. Taking photos will then let you fill out your own Photodex, picking the best pics that you’ve snapped.
New Pokémon Snap will be a wholesome slice of Pokémon action for long-term fans of the series, but fans will be much more excited about the new game announcements made during today’s stream. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are coming to Switch in late 2021 as remakes of the classic Nintendo DS games, but even more exciting than that is the announcement of Pokémon Legends Arceus, a game telling a story set in aeons past of the Sinnoh region. That is the new game from Game Freak, and is coming to Switch in early 2022.