The Pokémon Company has finally announced that a new version of the Nintendo 64 classic, Pokémon Snap, is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The original title allowed players to capture evasive pocket monsters in a photograph. Although the original 1999 title was developed by HAL Laboratory and Pax Softnica, the new version of the game is currently under development by Bandai Namco. Although the title was announced with cinematics, which can be seen in the presentation above, there’s little to no news about the title.
According to Nintendo, here’s the basic premise for the New Pokémon Snap:
Travel to unknown islands with beautiful scenery like lush jungles and sandy beaches. The Pokémon pictures you take there will be used to build your very own Pokémon Photodex! This brand-new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64 system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see!
Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Journey through a variety of environments such as beaches and jungles to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. The photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!
New Pokémon Snap appears relatively similar to the original, in that the gameplay is treated like a rail shooter. Players travel through a set route in an environment filled with Pokémon looking to take their best camera shot of the creatures in their natural habitat. There also appear to be larger species available to see than in the original, though they can still be lured out with apples.
Skip to 5:20 in the video above to see the announcement and some gameplay.
In other gaming news, Nintendo Switch has released a new free title promoting exercise named Jump Rope Challenge.