If Pokemon GO or all of this news about Pokemon Sun and Moon has you feeling a little bit nostalgic, then here’s a bit of good news: Pokemon Snap will be launching on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe later this week. As announced by Nintendo of Europe on Twitter, Pokemon Snap will be arriving on Thursday, August 18, though details on pricing are still nowhere to be seen.
Given the fact that Pokemon Snap already exists on the Wii’s eShop for $10, it seems safe to assume the same price tag for the Wii U release. There’s also no word on whether or not the game will come to the North American Virtual Console, though considering the current level of Pokemon mania, it seems likely that Nintendo will want to capitalize there as well.
For those unacquainted with Pokemon Snap, it’s a charming little game that launched on the N64 back before the turn of the century. Instead of capturing Pokemon with Pokeballs, players are tasked with capturing them on film, traveling through six distinct regions that feature a significant portion of the original 151 Pokemon. Players will have the pictures they take graded by Professor Oak on a number of different factors, and back in the day, they could even take their N64 memory cards to Blockbuster stores and print out their favorite pictures on sticker sheets. Ah, better days.
While Pokemon trainers growing up in the present era might find that Pokemon Snap leaves something to be desired, those who grew up with Pokemon Red and Blue will almost certainly find some fun in this Wii U re-release. Some Wii U owners (like your humble writer) think that the console would have been the perfect platform for a Pokemon Snap sequel, but alas, such a game never materialized.
We’ll keep an eye out for any news of a Pokemon Snap re-release in North America, so stay tuned.
SOURCE: Nintendo of Europe