Pokemon Go's Snapshot Mode Isn't Pokemon Snap 2, But It's Still Very Cool

Pokemon Go's Snapshot Mode Isn't Pokemon Snap 2, But It's Still Very Cool

Gotta Snap 'em All! No, no, we're not talking about necks.

Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64 turns 20 next month, and you can bet the world is filled with old fans who repeatedly tell their apathetic kids about how the photo-snapping Pokemon adventure is the GOAT. A true sequel is probably never coming, Pokemon Snap faithful, but maybe Pokemon Go's upcoming "Snapshot" feature will sate your desire to Snap 'em All.

Niantic announced Pokemon Go's picture-perfect mode in a press release distributed earlier today. The team's noticed how Pokemon Go players love using the mobile game's augmented reality (AR) feature to chronicle Pokemon's adventures into the real world, so it constructed the Snapshot feature for more robust options that are easier to access.

"Select a Pokemon and tap on the screen to throw its Poke Ball to that spot. Once your Pokemon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo," the Pokemon Go team explains on its official blog post about Snapshot. "Is your Pokemon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you."

That's a tough puzzle there, Pikachu. Don't fricassee your little rodent brain. | Niantic

Once you take all your photos across a session (preferably while crying "Work it, darling!"), they save automatically to your mobile device. Snapshot links to several social media services, so get ready to have something more interesting on your Instagram account than the photos of the deflated lasagna you cooked last night.

No, Pokemon Go's Snapshot option isn't the direct Pokemon Snap sequel you've been dreaming about since you were a rugrat running around with your wallet chained to your pants, but it's not a bad little feature, either. It's another cool addition to the app, which enjoyed a killer 2018 thanks to the addition of Sinnoh (Gen 4) Pokemon, Trainer battles, and the gift-swapping Friends system.

If you're playing Pokemon GO and want some help, we've got plenty of Pokemon Go Guides. Check out that hub or head straight to our individual guide pages. You'll find tips on Pokémon GO Eevee Evolutions , Pokemon GO Trading, and Pokémon GO Ditto List - How To Catch Ditto. There's also a look at the Pokemon GO Celebi Quest Guide. and the latest info on this month's Pokemon GO Community Day. Finally, Smeargle was just added to Pokemon Go, so check out our Pokemon Go Smeargle Guide.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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