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New Pokémon Snap comes to Nintendo Switch in April

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Finally, some good news: New Pokémon Snap will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 30, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced Thursday. The sequel to the original Pokémon Snap, released in 1999 for Nintendo 64, will send players to the Lental region, where they’ll snap photos of Pokémon in the wild.

Players will work with Professor Mirror and his assistant Rita “on an ecological survey to photograph Lental Pokémon thriving in nature,” according to a news release. Players will tour the Lental islands in an on-rails vehicle known as the Neo-One through various paths. Lental Pokémon will be attracted to “Fluffruit,” an edible item which will assuredly make photographing creatures in the wild much easier.

As with the original Pokémon Snap, players’ photos of Pokémon will be judged on their pose, how large creatures appear in photos, whether they’re facing the camera lens, and where they fall in frame. Pokémon behavior which change over time in New Pokémon Snap, and players “may see Pokémon behaving in entirely new ways.” A news release also teases a new phenomenon native to the Lental region: Illumina, a mysterious glow that emits from some Pokémon.

A new trailer for New Pokémon Snap shows what’s in store for players looking to fill out their Photodex.

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