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Pokemon Snap has to be one of the games that the fandom requests a remake the most, second to the Hoenn games. I had a working copy when I was a kid and still had it with my N64. After hearing how good the game is, I decided to finally pull the dusty cartridge out and play it.

Overall, it aged nicely. Not the best, but it's definitely still enjoyable.

The game is pretty much exactly how you'd remember it. I didn't get the items as soon as I felt was appropriate, but the pacing is very nice. The game also guarantees new shots each time you get an upgrade in every singe stage. There's also so much going on in each stage that you can't get everything in one single trip even if you had everything available to you. It doesn't milk any additional gameplay hours and has a very natural progression.

Most flaws in the game are either minor issues or nitpicks. Some pokemon are placed in ridiculous places where it's not likely you're going to get a good shot at all no matter how hard you try (Charizard and the poliwag come to mind). The camera is also a lot slower than I remembered and can cause you to lose precious time in getting that right shot. The graphics are dated but not distractingly so unless you see Todd Snap in a cutscene.

The most frustrating feature of all is whether or not a pokemon is in the middle of a frame. You have to make sure the dot you use to aim is right on the pokemon's body. If it's a narrow or fast pokemon, you're likely to get it in the middle of the frame without the dot being right on it, causing you to lose points despite it being a much better picture. It's incredibly picky and, paired with the slow camera, this easily causes some headaches.

Overall, this game could do well as a 3DS remake. With the 3D feature, updated graphics, and five new generations of pokemon to pick from, it could definitely become a good game to feature different play mechanics to new generations. It's worth playing if you want a different kind of Pokemon game.

If you can't get a hold of Pokemon Snap for the N64 but you have a Wii, I suggest buying the game off the Wii VC, which you can find in the Wii Shop Channel for 1000 Wii Points. No, I'm afraid I never used this feature of the Wii so I don't know how that translates out to someone who has used this. You can find ROMs for Pokemon Snap, but the only one that works is the one for PCs. Those who have Macs (like me) are totally out of luck. The Mac ROM doesn't work at all (trust me, I tried). Good luck getting a hold of it because it's more likely that Nintendo will remake the Hoenn games than they will for Pokemon Snap.
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RegalBryantLover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I'd love to see how it would play as a WiiU game personally, I think that with the gamepad they could come up with some interesting mechanics! (I still have my old N64 copy too!)
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happyametuer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
You still have your N64 too? My sister got it out last year to play Ocarina of Time "old school." She was being a royal snot about which version of the game to play, but it was really nice to see her play this game with a fresh set of eyes (she never had the opportunity since she's literally a year older than our copy) and just kinda share the experience with her.

I do have my reservations against it being a Wii-U game, but it'd be alright if it was released early in the library. It'd have to expand a lot to really reach the scale that the Wii-U is going for. Then again, a simple recolor of Wind Waker made the cut so I guess wilder things happened.
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RegalBryantLover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Yep! Our N64 is still alive and kicking (somehow) and my siblings and I even played Paper Mario together on it over the Christmas break! I love that in OoT3D they didn't even bother to fix any of the glitches from the first game! Though, I really wish Link would stop spinning in circles every time a bared door is unlocked :I

I just think that it would be neat to use the gamepad as the camera and you can look around more of the area by pointing it in different directions, like how you can aim your arrows in OoT3D! :D
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happyametuer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I guess it just depends on what they do with the game and which of the new features would be better on which system.
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LuzuOL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
So, hoenn confirmed?
Just joking...then again, snap could really use a reamke. I think that the Wii-U could abuse that game to its fullest.
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happyametuer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
The only problem with it being a Wii-U game is that it's so short and has such small scale. I started playing that at 4:30pm today and finished it within two hours. Granted, I knew where most things were and that it could only use a select few mons out of 150 pokemon that were available at the time. Even still, if Ocarina of Time moved from console to handheld, Pokemon Snap would definitely make that change if it were ever remade.

Though, I will admit that its gameplay would not only be greatly expanded but also milked to death on both the 3DS and the Wii-U. There's a lot more that these systems can do with this game than the N64 could ever do with it.
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