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Pokémon Snap’s new trailer is filled with great details

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Keeping an eye out will be important

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Two baby Pokemon sleep on a Torterra. Image: The Pokémon Company

Getting a good rating required going for the rarer picture in the original Pokémon Snap game released for the Nintendo 64 back in 1999. Based on the new trailer for Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo Switch, it seems that having a keen eye will still be important for prospective photographers.

While the trailer unveiled during the Pokémon Presents broadcast was brief, it was packed with details big and small about the environments and monsters we can expect in the full game.

For instance, the leading image in this post shows a Torterra with two baby Pokémon, Pichu and Scorbunny, slumbering on its back. Cute! There are a couple of other instances of Pokémon riding other Pokémon during the trailer, too — like when a Squirtle steers a Lapras.

My favorite detail? Wailord, the water-type Pokemon that is based on a whale, is finally being rendered in his full, enormous glory. This might seem like a silly thing to point out, but modern Pokémon games tend to shrink our big blue boy so he fits onto the battlefield. No more!

A Wailord in Pokemon Snap. Image: The Pokémon Company

The funniest detail has to be that that we witness the circle of life coming to a close during the trailer, too.

One thing I enjoyed about the trailer is that the environments are layered with different types of monsters, depending on where you look. In the image below, for example, we’ve got a Primarina in the foreground, Drifblim in the distance, and Lapras in the background.

You’ll also note that the art style is a little different than what you’ll find in the mainline games, which are more cartoonish. The water shimmer here, meanwhile, is a bit more realistic.

Water Pokemon in Pokemon Snap. Image: Bandai Namco/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo

Another thing to look forward to? This game will have hundreds of options when it comes to monsters. It seems that all generations will be fair game, which is exciting to think about.

A Pokemon grabs an apple in Pokemon Snap. Image: The Pokémon Company

Plus, here’s a better look at the protagonist behind the camera:

The protagonist in Pokémon Snap. Image: The Pokémon Company

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