It might not be the game that pushed the franchise into the mainstream, but the original Pokémon Snap is one of the most beloved classics in the series, so its sequel is already one of 2021’s most anticipated Nintendo Switch titles. Fans have been clamoring for a new adaptation of Pokémon Snap ever since the technological prowess of gaming expanded beyond the polygonal amalgamations of the N64 era. Obviously, enthusiasts will be hoping to see more content and much more new Pokémon to find, but a simple feature Nintendo should add to New Pokémon Snap is the ability to spot shiny creatures from the mainline Pokémon games.
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In the Pokémon franchise, the most elusive and rare creatures players can find are the shiny variants of each available Pokémon. They have been available to catch in every game since Pokémon Gold and Silver on the Game Boy Color, but they’ve always had absurdly low spawn rates that typically require excessive farming to acquire. Even in the card game, shiny Pokemon are rare and challenging to find. However, they’ve become popular over the years, and certain Pokémon like Charizard have shiny variations that have captivated the majority of the Pokémon fanbase.
Pokémon Snap is a beloved title, but it’s criticized because the game lacks content and is extremely short. Since the franchise is significantly farther along these days, there are many more Pokémon for the developers to choose from, which means they’ll have a much larger list of potential creatures to add into New Pokémon Snap’s new levels. This alone means that the game should have much more content compared to the original, but including shiny Pokémon in New Pokémon Snap is the perfect opportunity to expand the scope of the original game’s secrets and collectibles.
How Shiny Pokémon Could Be Implemented In New Pokémon Snap
A satisfying part of the original Pokémon Snap title was combing through each of the levels multiple times, occasionally discovering that there was a Pokémon hidden behind a rock or beneath the waves. Shiny Pokémon are supposed to be elusive, so they’re perfect for filling in the role of a secret in each stage. The idea could function similarly to the star coins found in the Mario series, in which players would need to search each level high and low to discover all of the hidden Shiny Pokémon, from the first generation all the way to eighth-gen Galarian shinies.
It’s also possible shiny Pokémon could instead be used to intensify a specific moment or up the stakes of a particular situation. For example, in Pokémon Gold and Silver, players encounter a shiny Gyarados Pokémon in the middle of the Lake of Rage, which is an especially tense fight since it is extremely hard to find again if the player fails to catch it. Similarly, a level in New Pokémon Snap could feature a bombastic encounter with a shiny Pokémon and put pressure on the player to snap a clean shot before it manages to escape for good. Regardless of how Nintendo decides to do it, the implementation of shiny Pokémon in New Pokémon Snap will make for an incredible addition to the classic formula fans fell in love with.
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