Pokémon Snap is a video game for the Nintendo 64 released in 1999, and was developed by HAL Laboratory. In the game, a young lad, usually called either "Todd" or "Snap", takes a vehicle, and goes across an on-rails track where you must take pictures of multiple different Pokémon species. Sadly you can only take sixty pictures per course. After you have completed the course, you must show Professor Oak the photos, and he will rate the picture depending how well it was taken.
There are a total of 63 Pokémon. The number of Pokémon was criticized, because at the time there were 151 Pokémon, which means there have been 88 more Pokémon.
In 2021 the game received a sequel called New Pokémon Snap.
*Only in the beta version.
See also Pokémon Snap Station for info on printing.
There are six different Pokémon signs in Pokémon Snap. Finding all these signs unlocks the level where Mew is found.
Pokémon Snap received positive reviews from the media, scoring 77/100 on Metacritic. Pokémon Snap was included among a test of video games that are fun, safe, easy to play, and of value for children. Ars Technica editor Frank Caron commented that Pokémon Snap had become a "fan favorite", while author Marina D'Amato called it "famous". Author Amit Dhir called it one of the most popular video games of 1999, alongside Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy VIII. Kotaku described it as a "cash-in branded title". Before its US release, IGN praised it as "strange", yet "fun". Matt Casamassina of IGN called it an "addictive, surprisingly fun" game, noting however that "Pokemaniacs are bound to be disappointed with the selection of Pocket Monsters in the game – roughly 62 out of a possible 151 in all."
- Early screenshots and beta footage of the game suggest that Ekans would've appeared in the game making the total Pokémon count be 64 instead of 63. This is thought to have been a possible reference to the Nintendo 64.