Video Game: Pokémon Snap

You might've caught them all, but you haven't SNAPPED them all.

A Nintendo 64 game based on the Pokémon series later released on the Wii Virtual Console. You have to CATCH THEM ALL! on a photo safari. The game plays as a Rail Shooter but with a camera, with points for capturing Pokémon in certain poses, or having multiple Pokémon in one shot. Professor Oak has provided you some items to help you on your journey, which can be used to draw out Pokémon or get them into different poses.

This game has nothing to do with one of the three mascots of Rice Krispies (although trademark problems with Kellogg's did cause uncertainty about the player character's name for a while). Or a cute blue and white humanoid drawing.

Tropes in this game:

  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The Rainbow Cloud stage.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The ZERO-ONE, a multi-purpose vehicle which can move on land, sea, and air (using rocket boosters). Unfortunately, since the game is a rail shooter, the ZERO-ONE cannot go off the guided route aside from the River and Valley, where the vehicle can drift from side to side on the water.
  • Backtracking: You'll need to do this when you unlock new items, as some Pokémon will only appear when using items. Enforced with the Pokémon signs.
  • Balloonacy: A Pikachu in the Cave stage gets grabbed by a Zubat. If a Pester Ball is thrown at the Zubat, it'll drop Pikachu. Pikachu will then sprout balloons from its back and float safely to the ground.
  • Brick Joke: In the Valley stage, a Magikarp can be lured out of the water and sent flying through the air thanks to a nearby Mankey. Several minutes later in the stage, the Magikarp falls near a group of Graveler.
  • The Cameo: Six Pokémon appear as Pokémon Signs which will unlock the Rainbow Cloud once all six of them are photographed. The six are Kingler, Pinsir, Koffing, Cubone, Mewtwo, and Dugtrio.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Pokémon can be bonked on the head with Pokémon Food, and knocked out with Pester Balls. It's all good fun.
  • Com Mons: There are some Mons you can photograph dozens of times. Magikarp appears in every location aside from Rainbow Cloud, Pikachu appears in four, Zubat and Bulbasaur appear in two (although in the Cave, the Bulbasaur are actually Ditto).
    • The official strategy guide lampshades Pikachu's use of the trope.
    It's another Pikachu! These shocking Pokémon seem to pop up everywhere, don't they?
  • Constellations: One level has a constellation of Mewtwo as a Pokemon Sign. The rest of the Pokemon Sign mons can be seen as constellations in the Rainbow Cloud level.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • A Snorlax at the Beach will wake up and dance when the Poké Flute is played. The Poké Flute is the only way to get Snorlax to move in Pokémon Red and Blue, as well as their remakes.
    • Jigglypuff uses the same microphone/marker from the animé to sing.
    • The Ditto in the cave that transform into Bulbasaur can't seem to change their faces, which at first just seems to be a way to clue the player in on what they actually are. This was actually a problem that was shared by a Ditto that appeared in the anime who was able to transform into whatever it's trainer requested but its face always stayed exactly the same no matter what form it took.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The volcano stage.
  • Death Mountain: The Valley.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Play the Poké Flute near a singing Jigglypuff and it'll get offended.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • If the Charmander early in Volcano gets to a Pokémon Food before the nearby Magmar does, the Magmar attacks it. The Charmander promptly evolves and knocks it the hell out.
    • The Pidgey the Meowth is chasing in the beach level use Gust and knock it out in retaliation when it attacks their nest.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Source.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The three legendary birds are seen hatching from eggs, which they are unable to do when the breeding mechanic was introduced.
  • Easter Egg: There are tons of little secrets and Video Game Set Pieces that you can find by performing specific actions. The most difficult one to see is definitely getting a Pikachu to ride Articuno. If you do manage it, though, the result is well worth it.
  • Feelies: During the game's release, players could take their cartridges to Blockbusters (Toys R Us in Australia) and print out stickers of the photos they took. Much like StarTropics, this was digitally simulated in the Virtual Console rerelease. Once per day, the player can send a picture from the gallery to the Wii Message Board.
  • First Person Snapshooter: Instead of being a sidequest, it's the central premise of the game.
  • Food and Animal Attraction:
    • Pokémon can be lured over with Pokémon Food, making for better size scores.
    • In the river stage, a Bulbasaur can be lured out of a horizontal log with Pokémon Food.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Mew.
  • The Fool:
    • Meowth acts a bit like this in the Beach level, merrily skipping after Pidgey whilst terrorizing them.
    • A Pikachu at the beginning of the Tunnel level acts like this too. If a picture is took of him, he'll move. Doing this twice will make him roll on a passing Electrode. He hurts Pikachu when he blows up on that rock.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: On film, that is. It is a Pokémon spin off after all.
  • Green Hill Zone: The River.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: Used while Mew chases the bubble.
  • Island Base: Subverted. Professor Oak hangs out here within his own lab.
  • Last Lousy Point:
    • Goldeen can be rather annoying to photograph. It only appears in the Valley area, and you have to throw Pester Balls into the water to scare it out. This can take many Pester Balls, and once Goldeen DOES jump out, you have about half a second to mentally process that fact and snap a quick picture of it before it splashes back down again. Muk is pretty hard too, because once it's evolved the damn thing won't move!
    • Magneton can be fairly annoying to get the center bonus on due to the gap between its bodies.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: One of the special Pikachu pictures is two Pikachu standing on stumps. Subverted when the Poké Flute is played.
  • Interface Screw: Taking a picture of a Staryu will cause it to orbit around Snap.
  • Lava Pit: There's a few at the end of the Volcano stage. Dunk a nearby Charmeleon into the left one for it to evolve, and throw Pester Balls in the right ones for Growlithe and Arcanine. Moltres's egg must be dumped into lava for it to hatch and for the player to continue the stage.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Volcano.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In the tunnel stage, a Pikachu can be lured over to a giant egg. Playing the Poké Flute afterwards will cause Pikachu to use Thunderbolt causing the egg to hatch into Zapdos. And then it extends when Zapdos uses Thunder to start up a nearby generator and make the electricity work again.
  • Magic Dance: The Jynx use one of three to hatch the Articuno egg.
  • Magic Music: Pokémon will usually get really excited and start using their Elemental Powers when they hear the Poké Flute. You usually get a ton of bonus points for this.
  • Missing Secret: Despite what you may expect from a Nintendo 64 game, there are exactly 63 Pokémon in the game. An Ekans was present in some betas, but it can't be found in the final game.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Porygon attempts to blend in with the grass and a rocky hillside using Conversion. However, you can still see its nose sticking out and moving.
  • Monsters Everywhere: Pokémon in each area obviously.
  • Morphic Resonance: Ditto.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A print advertisement shows Caterpie reflected in a camera lens, even though the game doesn't have any Caterpie. (It does have Metapod and Butterfree, though.)
  • Olympus Mons: The legendary birds and Mew.
  • Palmtree Panic: The Beach.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Four Ditto disguise themselves as Bulbasaur using Transform. You can still tell they're Ditto by their eyes. They can be turned back into Ditto with Pester Balls.
  • Playing with Fire: The Volcano stage in general, but with Magmar and Charizard you can get them to use Flamethrower.
  • Rail Shooter: Different definition of shooter, though.
  • Scary Shadow Fakeout: There's a shadow of a Pinsir that is formed by assorted junk in the power plant level that is visible if the Zapdos egg is hatched.
  • Sea Monster: A Dragonite will appear in the Valley if Pester Balls are thrown into a whirlpool.
  • Shall I Repeat That?: Oak does this when he explains newly acquired Power Ups.
  • Shock and Awe: The Electric-type Pokémon use electrical attacks in the game. This is required to get Zapdos in the Tunnel.
  • Shout-Out: In the Valley stage, a Magikarp can be lured out of the water and sent flying through the air thanks to a nearby Mankey. Later, it will fall near a waterfall. Throwing a Pester Ball at it will make it use Splash and hop over into said waterfall and evolve into a Gyrados. This is a reference to a Chinese story where a Legendary Carp swam through the Qiantang River and jumped over the "Dragon Gate" at the end, turning it into a dragon.
  • Spooky Photographs: One of the Pokémon signs is a constellation of Mewtwo. Also, Haunter is only recognizable after the film is developed.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The first Lapras appear so far away from the player, pictures will make them look small and blurry, similar to some real-life attempts to photograph Loch Ness Monster. Take enough photos, and a Lapras will appear close enough for you to take a clearer picture.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Electrode explode when hit with Pokémon Food or Pester Balls.
  • Suddenly Voiced: This is the first Pokémon game that uses Pokémon Speak in place of cries.
  • Surfer Dude: Early in the Beach stage, a Pikachu standing in the sand can be lured over to a pink surfboard with Pokémon Food. It'll then pretend to surf on it.
  • Super Speed: If the Pikachu playing hide and seek behind a log in the River stage is photographed, he'll use Quick Attack to run away quickly, making it one of the hardest special Pikachu poses to get.
  • Tie-In Novel: A Choose Your Own Adventure book was made based off the game.
  • This Is My Side: A Charmeleon in the Volcano stage can be seen pacing around a Lava Pit, occasionally marking his territory by roaring.
  • Underground Level:
  • Updated Re-release: The Virtual Console release adds a feature where you can add the pictures you've taken in-game onto your Wii Message Board. This is done to replace the original game's feature of printing out stickers of photos at game rental shops. Also, Jynx's face was changed from black to purple, to coincide with Jynx's modern design.
  • Victory Is Boring:
    • When you finally get that Scyther out of the rustling grass, two Pikachu come out and stand on two nearby stumps, which isn't very exciting (unless you use the Poké Flute).
    • In the Volcano level, you have to knock the Moltres egg off the track every time you go there. The first time, it's impressive watching Moltres pose in the air repeatedly, but when you get more items for better shots of all the other fire Pokémon, you can end up ignoring a Legendary Pokémon.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: There are a number of sections where you can be friendly to various Pokémon or help them throughout a stage. They will usually reward you with the opportunity for a very good photo later on. For example, you can try to save Jigglypuff in the Cave from Koffing chasing them. Each Jigglypuff you save (three in all) reappears near the cave's exit, either singing or dancing.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Hitting Pokémon with food or Pester Balls. This causes some Pokémon to become angry, resulting in a better shot than just doing nothing. You can also cause Pokémon to pick a fight with each other by tossing food between them. Sometimes, this even becomes necessary to unlock a new level or quest.
  • What the Hell, Player?: At the end of the Cave stage, you'll see any Jigglypuff you rescued singing on a stage. If you play the Poké Flute, they get very mad.
  • Your Head A Splode: Electrode in the Tunnel stage will use Self-Destruct when provoked, causing them to explode.

Alternative Title(s):

Pokemon Snap
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