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How To Take The Perfect Photo In New Pokemon Snap

Trainers, get your cameras ready for action. "New Pokemon Snap" will feature at least 200 Pokemon, all of which are ready for their closeup. Newer photographers might need some help lining up the perfect shot, though.

Things have changed since "Pokemon Snap" appeared on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. In "New Pokemon Snap," players will be able to save photos to a digital photo album and edit each picture. According to the official Nintendo listing for the game, ReSnap mode will allow players to "adjust the brightness, blur, zoom and other aspects of your photo." These controls might feel a bit familiar to anyone who's used social media apps like Instagram or Snapchat before, where filters and editing are a frequent part of the posting process.

In addition to new editing features, "New Pokemon Snap" will have offer a new mode of travel, the NEO-ONE, which will allow daring photographers to get up close and personal with the island's Pokemon. Players can even choose to toss out a fruit or play a song to entice the Pokemon nearer, all in the hopes of capturing that perfect moment on film.

How to get a quality photo in New Pokemon Snap

Professor Mirror needs the very best photographs of the island's inhabitants, so framing shots is crucial in "New Pokemon Snap." Sure, the simple act of taking pictures is fun, but players will be scored on how beautifully their snapshots reflect the Pokemon subjects.

Photographs "are scored based on the Pokémon's poses, how large they appear, how directly they're facing you, and other factors," reads the game description. One of those "other factors" is behavior-based. Some Pokemon exhibit behaviors specific to their type, and catching one of those behaviors on camera can net players a coveted 4 star rating.

"New Pokemon Snap" also has an interesting plot wrinkle that might relate to photo scoring. The Illumina is a phenomenon affecting Pokemon across the island, and Professor Mirror wants players' help in catching photographic evidence of the mysterious, glowing creatures. 

Above all else, practice will help players to hone their photography skills. One of the joys of "Pokemon Snap" was replaying levels in order to find the perfect moment for a picture, and fans should expect a similar experience in "New Pokemon Snap."