Fans were delighted when Nintendo recently announced that New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch was currently in development. The original Pokémon Snap launched for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, and fans have been begging for a sequel ever since.
The game's premise revolves around players taking photos of Pokémon, utilizing special items such as Pester Balls or Pokémon food to get a better shot, and afterward their photos are judged. The better the score, the more you progress through the game. Despite its popularity, there may be a thing or two that players didn't notice about the original Pokémon Snap; read on to find out what you may have missed.
10 Todd Snap
The protagonist of Pokémon Snap, a young boy named Todd Snap, actually appeared in the Pokémon anime. Todd made his debut in the anime before he appeared in the game, appearing in episode 55, titled Pokémon Paparazzi. Todd went on to feature in other episodes of the anime and also cameoed in the manga.
Additionally, in Super Smash Bros Melee, Todd's ZERO-ONE vehicle from Pokémon Snap is used as a trophy, with Todd also being mentioned in the trophy description.
9 Can't Catch 'Em All
At the time of Pokémon Snap's release, there were 151 Pokémon in total. However, only 63 different species of Pokémon appeared in the game for players to take photos of, with an additional six Pokémon appearing as "Pokémon Signs".
These Pokémon Signs are strange phenomena where the landscape manifests in the likeness of a Pokémon. Professor Oak asks the player to find all six, completing this task is the only way to be able to see Mew in the game.
Quite a few of the Pokémon in Pokémon Snap have secret requirements to get them to appear. One of these secret Pokémon is Ditto, who can only be found at the beginning of the cave level.
To get Ditto to appear, players must throw Pester Balls at the Bulbasaurs there and they will turn into Ditto. The thing that gives these Bulbasaurs away is their eyes, which are the typical small dot eyes of Ditto. This is likely a nod to the anime about the Ditto that can't transform properly in the episode titled Ditto's Mysterious Mansion.
7 Virtual Console Port
In 2007, the Virtual Console released for the Nintendo Wii and Pokémon Snap was the first title to be added to the service. It also became available for the Wii U Virtual Console in 2017.
There were some changes made from the original game, such as players being able to share their photos to the Wii Message Board once per day. More importantly, Jynx's complexion was changed from black to purple, to match the more culturally appropriate modern design of the Pokémon.
6 Pathways To Adventure
Pokémon Snap was adapted into a book as part of the Pokémon Pathways to Adventure novel series by Jason R. Rich. The book was published the same year as Pokémon Snap released and followed the plot of the game.
The book also contained a Photo Score Index for players to record their best scores for each Pokémon in the game. Other books in the series were Pokémon, based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as Pokémon Gold/Silver and Pokémon Gold/Silver The Adventure Continues.
5 Chinese Myth Reference
Gyarados is arguably one of the hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Snap. During the Valley level, players must hit the Magikarp in the water by Mankey, who will then hit it over the mountain. Later, by the Gravelers, hit Magikarp with a Pester Ball and he will go over the waterfall and evolve into Gyarados.
Of course, this isn’t Magikarp’s usual method of evolution but it is in fact a reference to the Chinese myth that these two Pokémon are based on. Legend has it that carp that can swim up a waterfall would then transform into great dragons.
The Jigglypuff from the Pokémon anime appears in Pokémon Snap, complete with green microphone. You will see Koffing chasing Jigglypuff at various stages of the fifth level, and if you save Jigglypuff by throwing items at Koffing each time, it will sing for you at the end of the level.
Interestingly, it sings the same song as it does in the anime and shows the same personality, such as puffing up when angry. These are all references to episode 45 of the anime, titled The Song of Jigglypuff.
3 The Secret We All Missed
Something that all players missed was the special ghost level, and the reason it was missed by everyone is that it was regrettably cut from the game. A song called Fantastic Horror, as well as a boss theme, was composed by Ikuko Mimori for this level, but neither were used in the final product.
The ghost level was ultimately dropped as there were only three ghost-type Pokémon in the first generation, so there weren't enough of this particular type to warrant their own level.
2 Japanese Voices
When Pokémon Snap released for the Nintendo 64, the voice clips for the Pokémon were taken from the anime. However, at the time of the game's development, not all of the Pokémon in the game had appeared yet in the English dub of the TV show, so several of the Pokémon in Pokémon Snap featured their Japanese voice actors instead.
Pokémon in the game who featured their Japanese voice actors included, Diglett, Dugtrio, Magnemite, Magnemite, Psyduck, Geodude, Graveler, Metapod, and Porygon.
1 The Only Game To Show The Real Slowpoke Evolution
The original Pokémon Snap is the only Pokémon game to faithfully represent the real evolution process of Slowpoke, as it is detailed in the Pokédex. Slowpoke is said to evolve into Slowbro when a Shellder clamps down on its tail, and this is exactly what happens in Pokémon Snap.
In the games, Slowpoke simply evolves into Slowbro at level 37. A good way that the game could have achieved a more accurate evolution would have been to have Shellder and Slowpoke in your party and then the two combine at level 37.