Pokémon Snap, which was released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, was a very special game. Not only was it one of the first games in the series released on a console (just beaten to the punch by Pokémon Stadium), but it focused on photography rather than turn-based battles. The player had to take as many pictures as possible while navigating through a series of rail shooter-styled levels. It wasn't perfect but it was a nice little spin-off that has since developed into a cult-classic.
Fans have been clamouring for a sequel for decades but Pokémon Snap director, Junichi Masuda, worried the novelty of the game wouldn't work nowadays since "now everyone has a camera". But with Pikachu and friends reaching a new level of popularity in recent years, Masuda realised gamers weren't going to back down.
When a trailer for the sequel, New Pokémon Snap, was officially released in June, the gaming community went nuts. Details are sketchy but fans are already speculating on what new features this follow-up will behold. Will it be more interactive? How big will the roster be? What online features will it have? However it turns out, die-hard fans of the beloved franchise cannot wait to snap 'em all.
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