At its heart, New Pokemon Snap is a game about discovery. As you travel about the different islands of the Lental region photographing Pokemon, you’ll need to use the various tools at your disposal to lure monsters out of hiding, encourage them to interact with each other, and uncover other rare photo opportunities.
For those unfamiliar with the original Nintendo 64 game, this can mean a lot of repetition. You’ll be playing through the same courses multiple times in order to snap better photos of Pokemon and increase your Research Level, which in turn will open new courses to explore and Pokemon to photograph. Moreover, the game can be cryptic; it’s often unclear how to access new islands or trigger certain Pokemon reactions, so you’ll need to experiment frequently to progress. If you ever find yourself at a loss for what to do or how to advance, here are some beginner’s tips to help you out in New Pokemon Snap.
Scan Your Surroundings
Early on in your adventure, you’ll unlock the scan function–an entirely new mechanic for New Pokemon Snap. Pressing the X button will cause your camera to emit an electrical signal over the immediate area, which will mark the names of any nearby Pokemon and other objects of interest on your screen. This isn’t just a good way to see if any monsters are lurking out of sight; many Pokemon will also react to the signal and may even exhibit a special behavior you wouldn’t normally see.
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