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Thu 16/04/09 at 02:17
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Every gamer out there has those classic titles that they will always remember fondly playing back when they were younger. For Nintendo fans of the Nintendo 64, the usual suspects like Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time will likely spring to most peoplesí minds. But then you have those games that also provided you with hours of great entertainment but were treasured and then sadly forgotten and the memories lost in a vast sea of Mario and Zelda gaming moments. For me Pokemon Snap is one of those games with its unique take on the franchise offering some original and surprisingly fun gameplay ideas. So you can imagine my delight when I found Pokemon Snap on the Wiiís Virtual Console. After downloading it I was ready for my brain to wake up and remember all the good times I had with this title back in 2000.

First of all this isnít your typical Pokemon game. You wonít be battling other creatures with your trained buddies and capturing them all with the now famous red and white Pokeballs. The ďSnapĒ part of the title refers oddly enough to a camera. Thatís right you play an eager photographer adventuring across varying terrain looking for the all the best places to capture the cute and dangerous Pokemon on film. There isnít much of a story besides being told youíre helping Professor Oak to learn more about the creatures through pictures.

So how does the game work? There are around seven levels based on differing environments which range from beaches and dank caves to volcanoes and even outer space. The whole experience is on rails with the only movement being restricted to where exactly youíre viewing. The idea is to lure out Pokemon or trigger events to bring them out via the use of certain items. These start off as simple apples for bait, but later you will be granted the use of pester balls which explode in a gust of smoke and a flute which can have unusual affects in certain areas. Holding onto the right button you zoom in and are then ready to take up to sixty pictures in one trip. That is essentially how the game plays and while itís simple it works really well and before you know it youíll be snapping pictures like a pro.

Once you have made your way back to the base you will then decide upon which pictures you want graded by Professor Oak. To limit the amount you can hand him, only one of each species is allowed to be graded, so you wonít be able to hand over twenty Pikachus. It means you need to analyse your photos and make a judgement on which may score better making things a little tougher. Each photo is then graded on size, the pose of the Pokemon and if it is centralised. There are also hidden bonuses which help score big points. All your top scoring pictures are then stored (one per Pokemon) and your favourites can be put into and album and sent to friends via Friend Codes (a new feature for the Wii version)

I used the Gamecube control when playing through and it worked fine. The Classic controller also does the job pretty well and none of the button placement feels awkward or gets in the way of the fun.

With only seven levels youíd expect to finish this quicker than youíd like. However that isnít the case. You will often find yourself repeating levels upon being handed new items to test out which will often reveal new Pokemon, nab you better pictures or even unlock new levels. Your overall score and Pokemon discoveries are also taken into account with certain milestones being required in order to keep exploring. Itís a pretty neat way of progressing through the game and lengthens what would have been a game that could have been finished in under an hour. I have also found myself trying to improve my scores for species I felt I could have taken better pictures of and Iíve also yet to find every single creature so for completionists there is a good amount to do if you want.

Visually the game is very blocky when it comes to the background which is to be expected of a Nintendo 64 title. However the Pokemon themselves animate and look pretty decent. I was definitely expecting the visuals to be a lot worse but I have to admit they surprised me. The music is nice and matches each environment youíre in, and even better the Pokemon actually use their real noises rather than the stupid beeps and bops heard in the Gameboy and Stadium versions. That is definitely a real plus.

I sort of lost interest ever since the Pokemon number went over 151 and havenít touched a Pokemon adventure since. I never liked the newer species that appeared, so it was nice to see the old favourites make a return. Most of the recognised ones are there, but sadly only around half make it into this game. Itís a shame as with all 151 thrown in this could have been a Pokemon fans ultimate dream.

I guess you could say one of the biggest problems with the game is the length. However it feels like the game ends at just the right time as the basic gameplay mechanics can only go so far. It may be short but you are definitely going to enjoy that time spent.

I had an absolute blast with Pokemon Snap. It isnít a mind blowing game and you wonít play this for months to come, but itís an experience unlike anything youíre likely to find on the Wii. Not only has it brought back those fond memories I once had of this game but it has also sparked my interested in the Pokemon series as a whole and tempted me to try the later adventures I missed out on. A unique and enjoyable game :)
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Thu 16/04/09 at 02:17
Regular
"Ghosts Can't Die!"
Posts: 774
Every gamer out there has those classic titles that they will always remember fondly playing back when they were younger. For Nintendo fans of the Nintendo 64, the usual suspects like Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time will likely spring to most peoplesí minds. But then you have those games that also provided you with hours of great entertainment but were treasured and then sadly forgotten and the memories lost in a vast sea of Mario and Zelda gaming moments. For me Pokemon Snap is one of those games with its unique take on the franchise offering some original and surprisingly fun gameplay ideas. So you can imagine my delight when I found Pokemon Snap on the Wiiís Virtual Console. After downloading it I was ready for my brain to wake up and remember all the good times I had with this title back in 2000.

First of all this isnít your typical Pokemon game. You wonít be battling other creatures with your trained buddies and capturing them all with the now famous red and white Pokeballs. The ďSnapĒ part of the title refers oddly enough to a camera. Thatís right you play an eager photographer adventuring across varying terrain looking for the all the best places to capture the cute and dangerous Pokemon on film. There isnít much of a story besides being told youíre helping Professor Oak to learn more about the creatures through pictures.

So how does the game work? There are around seven levels based on differing environments which range from beaches and dank caves to volcanoes and even outer space. The whole experience is on rails with the only movement being restricted to where exactly youíre viewing. The idea is to lure out Pokemon or trigger events to bring them out via the use of certain items. These start off as simple apples for bait, but later you will be granted the use of pester balls which explode in a gust of smoke and a flute which can have unusual affects in certain areas. Holding onto the right button you zoom in and are then ready to take up to sixty pictures in one trip. That is essentially how the game plays and while itís simple it works really well and before you know it youíll be snapping pictures like a pro.

Once you have made your way back to the base you will then decide upon which pictures you want graded by Professor Oak. To limit the amount you can hand him, only one of each species is allowed to be graded, so you wonít be able to hand over twenty Pikachus. It means you need to analyse your photos and make a judgement on which may score better making things a little tougher. Each photo is then graded on size, the pose of the Pokemon and if it is centralised. There are also hidden bonuses which help score big points. All your top scoring pictures are then stored (one per Pokemon) and your favourites can be put into and album and sent to friends via Friend Codes (a new feature for the Wii version)

I used the Gamecube control when playing through and it worked fine. The Classic controller also does the job pretty well and none of the button placement feels awkward or gets in the way of the fun.

With only seven levels youíd expect to finish this quicker than youíd like. However that isnít the case. You will often find yourself repeating levels upon being handed new items to test out which will often reveal new Pokemon, nab you better pictures or even unlock new levels. Your overall score and Pokemon discoveries are also taken into account with certain milestones being required in order to keep exploring. Itís a pretty neat way of progressing through the game and lengthens what would have been a game that could have been finished in under an hour. I have also found myself trying to improve my scores for species I felt I could have taken better pictures of and Iíve also yet to find every single creature so for completionists there is a good amount to do if you want.

Visually the game is very blocky when it comes to the background which is to be expected of a Nintendo 64 title. However the Pokemon themselves animate and look pretty decent. I was definitely expecting the visuals to be a lot worse but I have to admit they surprised me. The music is nice and matches each environment youíre in, and even better the Pokemon actually use their real noises rather than the stupid beeps and bops heard in the Gameboy and Stadium versions. That is definitely a real plus.

I sort of lost interest ever since the Pokemon number went over 151 and havenít touched a Pokemon adventure since. I never liked the newer species that appeared, so it was nice to see the old favourites make a return. Most of the recognised ones are there, but sadly only around half make it into this game. Itís a shame as with all 151 thrown in this could have been a Pokemon fans ultimate dream.

I guess you could say one of the biggest problems with the game is the length. However it feels like the game ends at just the right time as the basic gameplay mechanics can only go so far. It may be short but you are definitely going to enjoy that time spent.

I had an absolute blast with Pokemon Snap. It isnít a mind blowing game and you wonít play this for months to come, but itís an experience unlike anything youíre likely to find on the Wii. Not only has it brought back those fond memories I once had of this game but it has also sparked my interested in the Pokemon series as a whole and tempted me to try the later adventures I missed out on. A unique and enjoyable game :)

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