For those of us old enough to remember it, the nostalgia surrounding Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo 64 will be one of the most compelling factors for buying the upcoming sequel, New Pokémon Snap. It’s been more than 20 years since the first game was released, so players who grew up playing the N64 classic have been waiting for a very, very long time.
As Nintendo consoles have come and gone, we’ve often felt that a sequel would be a great idea. Take the 3DS and its combination of AR tech and an actual camera, or the Wii U and its camera-like GamePad that could be used in conjunction with the TV; both would surely have made for fantastic Pokémon photography experiences, yet no games ever hit the market.
As it turns out, though, it’s been revealed that there have been attempts at a series reboot in the past. In conversation with The Metro, game director Haruki Suzaki has explained that he’s heard about previous experiments with the franchise, noting that Switch is “the perfect time” to make a new game.
“When I started on this project, I had heard there had been a couple of attempts at making a new Pokémon Snap before.
“The idea of photography has changed so much in the last 20 years, combined with the new Nintendo Switch hardware, that we thought it was the perfect time to create a new version of Pokémon Snap, and that’s why we started the project.”
We might never know which consoles these “attempts” were being created for, or how far into development they actually got, but at least this proves that The Pokémon Company hasn’t been quite as against making a sequel as some fans may have feared.
New Pokémon Snap launches on Switch this Friday, 30th April. You can get your pre-order in here if you haven’t already.