New Pokémon Snap has been out for nearly a week, and we have been enjoying the heck out of it. There can be a lot of stuff going on during your expeditions throughout the Lental region, so we have prepared a guide for New Pokémon Snap that aims to teach you a few tips and tricks. Be sure to check out our full review of the game, where we deliver our thoughts on the sequel to the 1999 Nintendo 64 classic. Without further ado, here are some tips for New Pokémon Snap.
New Pokémon Snap tips: Focus on Star Photo opportunities
While out in the field, New Pokémon Snap will be throwing all kinds of creatures at you. Obviously, the aim of the game is to take as many photos as possible. The majority of your playtime will be spent trying to fill up the Photodex, and to do so, you’ll need to get different star ratings for each Pokémon. There are one-star, two-star, three-star, and four-star photo opportunities in New Pokémon Snap.
This means that you’ll need to manipulate a Pokémon’s behavior by throwing Fluffruit at them, playing music, or maybe even activating the radar. The pose that a Pokémon makes in the photo will influence the overall star ranking and its rarity, starting at bronze and going all the way up to diamond. Focusing on these photos will increase your research score in a particular biome, so it is definitely worth doing!
Submit a photo from each folder every single time
This might sound like a hassle, but in reality, it’s quite important. As previously mentioned, the star rating has a variety of different rarities. Sometimes you might get unlucky and miss a chance to get a higher score. It is worth taking photos of each and every Pokémon that you see and then submitting a photo of them anyway. This means that you might have a chance of improving your score and getting that shiny diamond ranking you have been searching for. Give it a try!
Change the research level on a biome
This is something that I didn’t know you could do for quite some time. If you decide that you want to explore a biome on a particular research level, all you need to do is hit “X” while on the menu while you are selecting it. This is especially useful if you are after a specific Pokémon!
Experiment with your tools to see unique interactions
Just like with the original game, New Pokémon Snap presents you with a variety of different tools. Each of these is assigned to a particular button; for example, the Fluffruit is thrown by pressing B. These pieces of equipment will allow you to uncover all sorts of interactions with Pokémon, so make sure you experiment with them all. After all, they are important for seeing some of the game’s more charming representations of its creatures.
You can quit a level early
If you’re only wanting to get a specific photo, then there’s no need to play through a level in its entirety, right? New Pokémon Snap allows you to quit your research early, sending you to the results screen with Professor Mirror. This can save you a lot of time, especially if a Pokémon is at the beginning of an area.
Track Pokémon on the map screen at the lab
Forgotten where a specific Pokémon is? Never fear, because New Pokémon Snap features a robust map that tells you exactly where a specific creature is located. This tells you where in a biome that the Pokémon is located, including the time of day. However, it doesn’t seem to filter the research level, so you will likely need to figure that out for yourself.
Master the game’s controls to become a photo expert
Throughout your photographic journey, some areas will become infested with a lot of Pokémon to capture with your camera. This can be quite daunting, but don’t worry, as there are a few options to help you succeed. Take photos of everything, and don’t be afraid to do so. If you fail to get a photo of a Magikarp or something, repeat the course to have another crack at it.
All of this can be made easier with a few different controls options. The most important aspect of this is quick turning, which is performed by pressing the D-Pad. If you need to turn around, this makes doing so easier and will ensure that you get as many photos as possible. Also, it is worth noting that you can change the speed of the camera in the game’s settings, so experiment to see what is best for you.
There you have it — some tips and tricks for New Pokémon Snap. Hopefully, you have learned something new from this guide. New Pokémon Snap is available both physically and digitally on Nintendo Switch. Are you playing New Pokémon Snap? If so, please feel free to share your photos with us!