Product Type: other Nintendo 64 games
Newest Review: ... when I was a kid there were only 150 and the idea of seeing Pokémon in 3D was a must for me so I had to get this game. So together with pro... more
Family fun or animal cruelty?
Pokemon Snap 64 (N64)
Member Name: ROMEHEREWECOME
Pokemon Snap 64 (N64)
Advantages: fun, simple, get to see pokemon in 3D
Disadvantages: It hasnt really aged all that well and its really to short
Short for pocket monsters, the franchise was an overnight success in the late 90s creating billions and billions of dollars for Nintendo with the release of Pokémon red and blue and the introduction of the anime series to western television. Now almost every household in the world either knows of or has some form Pokémon merchandise.
The original I received over a decade ago came in a rectangular rather flimsy card board box with a number of leaflets including the instruction leaflets which is very different to how games are packaged now. Though in saying that the N64 still worked on cartridges instead of discs so maybe they didn't need as sturdy a box back then.
You are a wildlife photographer and your biggest goal in life is not to capture the rarest Pokémon on the planet but photograph them. The rarest Pokémon at the time of release was Pokémon number 151 or Mew a space cat, though I am aware there are now 550+ Pokémon now when I was a kid there were only 150 and the idea of seeing Pokémon in 3D was a must for me so I had to get this game. So together with professor oak you travel across different terrains and environments to photograph as many wild species which was amazing at the time.
In terms of controls the game is very easy; you ride around in a cart which has a set track across the different zones which include a beach, jungle and cave. You can speed up and slow down the cart but not stop and you have to take pictures of as many Pokémon as you can or all that inhabit that zone. The more points you get the more upgrades and such you get such as apples to lure Pokémon out of tall grass to feed, like a tranquiliser ball to stun Pokémon and a flute to awaken the sleeping.
As you go you have to find secret tunnels to open up to explore further also through aggravating certain Pokémon's temperaments or photographing all the Pokémon in the previous zone.
In my opinion however the game is a little short as there only are 6 main zones to travel through and they definitely don't contain all 150 of the originals but for its time it was a real stepping stone for Nintendo I think and you wouldn't have access to the 3D Pokémon video games on the Wii today if they hadn't experimented with this idea.
To be brutally honest a lot of it has aged horrible with blocky and glitch graphics especially in the Wii import it hasn't exactly stood the test of time, but I think the ease of controls and unique characteristics and facial expressions make up for that a little depending on how you lure them over for your snap.
The audio is still pretty good I think with memorable and catchy theme tunes for each zone as well as nice audio from the Pokémon themselves there isn't a lot to fault in that department.
I had the original on the N64 but you can also download it to your Wii for something like 1000 Wii points, though you will need to purchase a classic controller or GameCube controller which is a bit of an expensive nuisance if you don't already have one.
Although it has aged quite a bit I still see its charm and do enjoy playing it over and over even there only is maybe 8-10 hours gameplay there, but I am a retro Pokémon fan at heart and believe the Pokémon world was so much better when there were under 200. For instance some of the new Pokémon designs for Black and White aren't even worth mentioning I mean a bin bag full of rubbish and an ice cream cone? Pokémon should stick closer to its roots in my opinion which are best demonstrated through the simplicity of this game.
Though I can see some people looking at this game as animal cruelty as you do end up accidently bopping a lot of Pokémon on the head by accident with apples and such when trying to coax them towards you. I would really like to see Nintendo making an updated version of this in the future as it is well overdue. At the time I would have maybe given 4/5 but by todays standards its only around 3/5.
Summary: Please bring out a more recent version Nintendo!