While the new Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes and the open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus have stolen all the headlines following today’s Pokémon Presents showcase, April’s New Pokémon Snap was also treated to an enjoyable new trailer.
The video shows off plenty of new footage, including a look at the ways in which players can interact with Pokémon to get great new shots. Interestingly, it seems that this time around, players will need to obtain differently-graded photos of each Pokémon to truly earn that 100%:
“A photo’s score will be based on the subjects’ poses, how large they appear, how directly they’re facing the camera, and where they fall in frame. Each photo will get one to four stars, indicating how common or rare the behaviour displayed is. Players will have to take many photos to fill out their Photodex, which is their collection of Pokémon photographs.”
The video also reveals a photo mode which lets you adjust the brightness, blur, and zoom of your pics, as well as apply filters, frames and stickers before sharing your best snaps online. You’ll even be able to upload these photos to compete against other players through a ranking system.
Here are the latest details, straight from the press release:
New Pokémon Snap is a previously announced video game in which players will take on the role of a budding Pokémon photographer in the Lental region. There they will work with Professor Mirror, the region’s expert, on an ecological survey to photograph Pokémon thriving in nature.
Wild Pokémon thrive on the islands of the Lental region, where environments can differ greatly, making for a variety of habitats where different Pokémon expressions and behaviours can be observed. Players will be able to get their attention by playing a melody or throwing fluffruit. They’ll also be able to use an Illumina orb (an invention of Professor Mirror’s) on Pokémon to witness something out of the ordinary.
They can even use their camera to run scans, which can help them find hidden Pokémon or inspect their surroundings. As players keep researching a course, their research level there will increase, and they may discover Pokémon acting in different ways. Trainers may even encounter Legendary Pokémon or Mythical Pokémon.
New Pokémon Snap launches on Nintendo Switch on 30th April. The game’s file size, pricing and other key details were also revealed last month.