I’ve recently been perplexed by the hype for the New Pokémon Snap game coming out in a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pokémon. I’ve played every main series game except for Black and White and completed multiple Pokédexes. But the idea of going around the region and just taking pictures of the Pokémon doesn’t really appeal to me.
Surely this game will appeal to younger players and those who enjoy the collect-a-thon nature of Pokémon more than the gyms and trainer battles. In fact, having not played the original Pokémon Snap, I was excited until I realized that the entire game is on a track. Wikipedia categorizes the game as a rail-shooter. If the game was going to be an open world where you track down Pokémon and take wild photos of them, then I could get excited about it. Fortunately, we’ve just found out that we will be getting an open-world Pokémon game in 2022!
As I mentioned before, I never played the original Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo 64, and I think this is a big reason why I don’t understand it. The Pokémon Company has long relied on nostalgia to sell their games and it’s no different this time.
Don’t get me wrong, the graphics look great and I’m sure it will be fun, I just don’t feel like I can justify dishing out 60 dollars for a rail-shooter Pokémon game when just a few months later we’re getting the Diamond and Pearl remakes and Pokémon Legends: Arceus a few months after that. My favorite part of Pokémon games has always been the discovery element and the battle systems. You never know what you’re going to uncover in the region, what pokémon your opponent will use, or what you might learn from speaking to an NPC. This is not what Pokémon Snap is all about and that’s okay. It’s a totally different game.
If you played the original Pokémon Snap, this might be worth investing the time and money in. After all, the person who knows best what games you will enjoy is you. But if you are looking at getting into Pokémon and don’t know where to start, save your money and buy Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl. They will be a much better investment than New Pokémon Snap.
How do you feel about the Pokémon Snap games? Are you planning to buy it when it comes out? Am I just totally wrong about the game or do you agree that this is one we can skip?