New Pokémon Snap Announced in Direct Broadcast

New Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
New Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch. / Courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo announced New Pokémon Snap during a Nintendo Direct broadcast Wednesday, bringing a sequel to the beloved Nintendo 64 one-off to the Switch.

The new game will be based on its predecessor, which was released in 1999. Players will explore unknown islands with varied environments, seeking out Pokémon in their natural habitats and taking photos of them to be collected in a Photodex.

Exploration seems to take place along a set route through a Pokémon-rich environment. The Pokémon set to appear in the new game will be drawn from a wider pool than the original, and players can lure Pokémon out for better shots using apples, as in the original game.

Nintendo did not announce a release date for New Pokémon Snap. It will be developed by Bandai Namco Studios rather than the original's developer, HAL Laboratory.