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Pokemon Snap Update Explained: New Areas, More Pokemon

Pokemon Snap is getting a free content update next week, August 2021, containing a set of new areas and more Pokemon to capture.
Pokemon Snap is getting a free content update next week, August 2021, containing a set of new areas and more Pokemon to capture. / Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

Pokemon Snap is getting a free content update next week, August 2021, containing a set of new areas and more Pokemon to capture.

Nintendo announced its recent installation to the classic 1999 game series, Pokemon Snap, is getting a new free content update on the Nintendo Switch handheld. Next week, players will be able to "make more photographic memories with Pokemon" by exploring three brand new areas and discovering 20 more species of Pokemon in the Lental region.

Here's what to expect from the new Pokemon Snap free content update.

Pokemon Snap Update Explained

As mentioned before, Pokemon Snap players will be able to explore three new areas: the Barren Badlands, Mightywide River, and Secret Side Path. All three can be explored during the day and night.

The Barren Badlands of Voluca Island is a desert, arid biome known for its poisonous geysers from the acidic swamps below the surface and rocky cliffs where Pokemon can easily spot unsuspecting trainers. Players may be hardpressed to find species in this area, but the glimpses they do get are sure to be rewarding.

Mightywide River is located in Belusylva Island and cuts through a rugged valley, providing a reliable source of fresh water for the local Pokemon. Obviously, this makes it a fantastic spot to snap photos of the native species while conducting important research. Just be sure to watch out for the river rapids. While they can be dangerous, they also provide a valuable photo opportunity.

Players who explore the Secret Side Path of the nature preserve in Florio Island will find themselves shrunk down, making the Pokemon around them seem much larger than they first appear. From this angle, some players may be able to get in close and observe never before seen behavior, feel their quaking footsteps, and even hear their breathing!

There is currently no confirmed list of the 20 Pokemon included in the new content.

The update will launch for free on the Nintendo Switch on Aug. 3.