Pokémon Snap was released in the United States on June 30th of 1999. 15 years later and we still do not have a sequel. What’s going on? Will we ever get one? I just want some answers.
I’m sure that we are all familiar with Pokémon Snap, but let me break it down for those who aren’t. Players take on the role of Todd Snap, a Pokémon photographer, who is hired by Professor Oak. Your job is simple. Take pictures of all the Pokémon you see, but be careful because you only have one roll of film that allows you to take up to 60 photos.
The game’s levels are all played through on a rail shooter style path. This can be frustrating, but like photography, you have to have perfect timing. That or just reply the level. There are seven levels; Beach, Tunnel, Volcano, River, Cave, Valley and Rainbow Cloud.
I can’t tell you how many times I have played this game. I truly am in love with Pokémon Snap and play it every chance that I get. Many people may say that Snap has no replay value, but I think that is just absurd. People replay Call of Duty and that always gets stale.
First, let me tackle the name of the Pokémon Snap sequel title. Pokémon Snap 2, Pokémon U or Pokémon Snap U. I know the names sound simple and silly, but some of the best games have silly names.
I imagine the story would be that Todd Snap is hired by all the Professors from the Pokemon franchise. Todd will visit their respective regions. Each region will have seven levels. That is a total of 42 levels. Each region would have Pokemon that are indigenous to that area. Some Easter eggs would be hidden throughout each course as well.
The same rubric used to score the photos from the first Pokémon Snap would still be used. However, you can choose to add a filter if you’d like. Imagine seeing a black and white photo of Eevee playing in a field of flowers. Now that’s beauty!
I may be getting ahead of myself. Pokémon Snap 2 would of course be for Wii U. The game would look beautiful and play amazingly. Here’s a list of how the game pad could be utilized:
- Map of the level and your current location
- Use as the camera (optional)
- Display of pictures taken in the level and your inventory (pesterballs, apples and the pokeflute.)
I would like if additional songs for the pokeflute could be learned. This could trigger special events, leading to rare photographs.
Now, the internet is always buzzing with stories about “Shiny” Pokemon. I have never caught one myself, but I envy those who have. Shiny Pokémon would be a wonderful and welcomed addition. They would of course be rare, and players could only have access to them via special events.
Those who have played Pokémon Snap will remember visiting Blockbuster so that you could print out your favorite pictures. Those days are gone! Thanks to the social ability of the Wii U, you could share your favorite photos on Miiverse, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my article. If you have any thoughts that you would like to share, please comment.