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Pokemon Snap

by Warmal

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Original Thread: We Take Pictures, That's It - Let's Play Pokemon Snap



It was summer of '99 when Nintendo dropped a game that would change the world of Pokemon forever. Okay, maybe it wasn't that influential. But it certainly made a big impact in it's own right. A game that no one asked for, yet everyone wanted.

Pokemon Snap is a first person rail shooter in probably the oddest sense of the term. The point of the game is to capture Pokemon. Only instead of catching them in Pokeballs, we'll be catching them in photographs. The whole game is about taking pictures. That's it. We are gonna take pictures of Pokemon. And honestly? I love every bit of it. As does anyone I've ever talked to about the game. So much so that a big community of people would have loved a sequel that will probably never happen. But I digress.

We take control of Todd Snap as he is called to a desolate island by Professor Oak. As per usual, the good Professor needs us to do his work for him. So we will be taking pictures of all 151 63 Pokemon. The game is by no means long. Especially with a rather short Pokemon list, only covering about 40% of Gen 1's roster. But dammit the game is so charming with some great replay ability as you try to get the best photograph of each little critter.

The Let's Play

It is my job to escort us on this island adventure. Episodes will vary in length as necessary. To start they won't be very long, and I plan to update once a week. I'll explain the game mechanics and about some of the key features to getting some of the better photographs. I do not know how to get the best photo of each Pokemon, and we will probably not be getting the best for each. There is some nuance to getting points and it all comes down to how Professor Oak feels. That said, enjoy this cute little game. I'd also like to add, please no spoilers of things that we haven't seen. If anyone is coming into this thread without knowledge of the game, I'd like for them to be surprised by the levels and Pokemon. That said, if it looks like there's a cool thing I may be missing, feel free to message me in whatever way you see fit. Just keep it out of the thread.


Episode 1 - Beach
Episode 2 - Tunnel
Episode 3 - Beach | Tunnel
Episode 4 - Volcano
Episode 5 - River
Episode 6 - Beach | Tunnel | Volcano | River
Episode 7 - Cave
Episode 8 - Valley Two Times
Episode 9 - Valley One Last Time
Episode 10 - Pokemon Signs | Rainbow Cloud
Final Episode - Every Stage | Final Clean-up

Characters and Tools

Todd Snap
Todd is the protagonist of Pokemon Snap. Professor Oak hired him to go to Pokemon Island with the ZERO-ONE to take pictures of wild Pokemon behaving naturally for a Pokemon Report.

Professor Oak
The Pokemon Professor. Once again getting someone to do all his work for him. Mostly just telling us how good our photographs are. Get used to a lot of voice clips from him.

An all-terrain vehicle given to Todd in order to navigate Pokemon Island. Has the ability to be used in three forms. Ground, water, and hover. Yeah. Some great technology being used to take pictures of Pokemon.

Apple Shaped Pokemon Food
Pokemon food in the shape of an apple. Now, Pokemon food never looked like this in the anime, so I don't know if the original Japanese version just had an apple and the English translation changed that, but it's kind of weird. Good for throwing though. Can be used to lead Pokemon around. Also apparently to just throw at Pokemon? Come on Professor Oak. That ain't right.

Pester Ball
A small ball to be used by throwing at Pokemon to annoy them. It's also filled with a purple gas that I'm sure is safe for Pokemon. Right, Professor Oak? Right?

Dash Engine
A completely normal upgrade to our ZERO-ONE that allows us to boost through the course at great speeds. This one is actually helpful and doesn't harm the Pokemon in any way. Unless you get stuck on them which is very likely.

A flute that can awaken sleeping Pokemon and make Pokemon dance. A pretty normal item, as it does not appear to harm any pokemon, as long as you do stop playing it at some point. Please don't make them dance forever.
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