New Pokémon Snap preview coverage has landed in the wild and it is looking like this game is a love song to the original Pokémon Snap game, combined with many new aspects and changes that make this the ideal game for prior Snap fans. First, let’s take a look at some new footage courtesy of Game Informer:

Now, onto the new details. This breakdown comes courtesy of Nintendo Everything, with the originating sources being Game Informer and Game Central:

  • One area is Blushing Beach
  • This is one of the tropical locales in the game
  • Players can choose to enter the stages during the day or at night
  • Different opportunities in the same areas based on what time of day it is
  • Blushing Beach features Exeggutor, Crabrawler, Pikachu, Lapras, Vivillon, Wingull, Machamp, Pyukumuku, Corsola, Finneon, Stunfisk during the day
  • Go along a predetermined path
  • An Exeggutor will sit in the way, bringing the NEO-ONE pod to a halt
  • Can lure Exeggutor away to clear the path
  • On the left and is something bustling in the bushes, and the player must figure out how to lure the Pokemon out
  • Using the Melody tool, which plays a little jingle, you can lure two dancing Bellossom out of the bushes
  • If you can catch multiple Pokemon in the act of doing something unique or exciting, you’re well on your way to getting a highly scored photo
  • Can’t manually stop your vehicle whenever you want
  • Certain encounters like this one will give you a little extra time to figure out how to optimize your photo opportunities
  • After completing each stage, you sort through the pictures you snapped
  • Choose the ones you want to share with Professor Mirror
  • Each photo is given a star rating of up to four stars
  • Your Photodex can hold one photo of each Pokemon at each rating
  • Once you present your favorite shots to the professor, he’ll score you based on pose, size, direction, placement, other Pokemon in the shot, and what the background looks like
  • You then have the option to replace the current picture in the Photodex with the new one
  • Can “re-snap” your photos by adjusting the zoom; tweaking the brightness, blur, focal size, and focal point; adding a filter; and even changing the caption
  • Professor Mirror will only grade your raw photos, and thus, you can only save the originals to your Photodex
  • Can still save the re-snapped photos to your in-game album and share them
  • Based on the photos you provide to the professor, you gain Expedition Points
  • These points boost your Research Level for the stage you just played
  • Once you reach a certain threshold, you unlock new levels for that area and time of day
  • While each Research Level generally carries along the same path, you might see some differences along the way
  • The Pokemon you spot after the sun sets are often different from the ones you see running, flying, and swimming during the day
  • Pokemon at night in this stage include Drifblim, Zangoose, Seviper, Magikarp, Octillery, Bellossom, Zangoose, Mareanie, Sandygast, Alolan Raichu
  • The nighttime path is the same as the one from the day, but the opportunities are vastly different
  • Ex: Magikarp asleep on the rock where the Pyukumuku was during the day
  • Illumina orb: special items that can cause Pokemon to glow and perform unique actions
  • At sea, an icon pops up in between some of the protruding rocks that lets you go along a different path through the stage if scanned
  • Unlock abilities as you progress, including an equivalent of the Pokeflute
  • Scan ability works a bit like detective vision in terms of highlighting Pokemon and interactive elements
  • The scan itself also seems to act as a kind of generic interact button
  • Playing the game in handheld mode you can use gyro controls and move the console around like an actual camera
  • Pre-rendered cut scenes with voice-acting

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