On February 11, Pokémon GO announced via their website of a new upcoming feature to their widely successful mobile game that is sure to have older Pokémon fans reminiscing of generations past.
“Introducing GO Snapshot—an easy way to take a photo of any Pokémon you have in your Pokémon Storage! You can find the feature when looking at a specific Pokémon or accessing the camera in your Bag of items,” according to the website.
With only a few taps of a finger, any Pokémon of your choice can be Pokémon’s next top model. The ability to choose the spot, angle, even the pose, make any day a virtual photoshoot. All photos captured will be saved directly onto your device. Perfect for sharing on social media. Needless to say, players will have a blast taking snapshots of their favorite pocket monster in real life locations, but this new feature brings with it one glaring question: Are Pokéfans ever going to get a Pokémon Snap sequel?
Pokémon Snap released back on March 21, 1999, to critical acclaim. The first-person rail “shooter” photography game saw players snap photographs and solve light puzzles to capture pictures of 63 of the then available 151 different Generation I Pokémon.
The demand for another Snap game has definitely been there in the now decades since the game’s release. Snap was released on the Wii Virtual Console back in 2007 and was one of the first games ever brought to Virtual Console. A poll conducted back in 2014 by fellow gaming website “Kotaku” also shows the demand for another Snap game from the fans directly! Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto asked fans what game they would like them to make for the Wii U, Nintendo’s newest console at the time, and a Pokémon Snap sequel finished second only to another Metroid title.
The main series of Pokémon games even see this need for being able to take virtual pictures of ‘mons. The seventh generation of games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, as well as their sequels Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, introduced the Pokéfinder. A feature to take photos of the various Pokémon that inhabit the Alola region and get scored based on how well a picture was taken. Much like the mechanics in Pokémon Snap. Will there be a scoring system for the snapshot feature in GO as well?
No official release date has been given for the snapshot feature, but one thing is for certain; Pokémon GO and other subsequent photography features implemented by Pokémon has given a whole new meaning to the phrase “Gotta Catch ‘em All.”
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