Pokémon Snap Coming to Japanese Virtual Console

The classic 1999 N64 Pokémon game is coming back into the limelight! In Japan, at least…

Starting on April 6th, Japanese Wii U owners will be able to purchase this amazing spinoff for ¥1,028, or $9.13. The game can be played with the Wii U gamepad, the Wii U Pro controller, or the Classic controller Pro, which requires a Wii remote.

If you don’t know what Pokémon Snap is, I’ll give you a quick summary. You aren’t a Pokémon trainer, but a Pokémon photographer named Todd Snap, tasked with taking pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat, while riding on a moving rail. You can throw apples or “pester balls” at the Pokémon to achieve a better shot, and up to 60 can be taken per level.


Other items you can use include the Poké Flute, which can wake up, irritate, or hatch Pokémon, and can also make them dance! The last item the player can get is the Dash Engine, which just makes the cart you travel in move faster.

There’s been no announcement as of yet whether or not the Western Virtual Consoles will get Pokémon Snap, but I sure hope they do! I remember loving this game, how it wasn’t as tough as other Pokémon games for younger players.

Have any of you played Pokémon Snap? Let us hear about your memories and thoughts on the Virtual Console release in the comment section!

Lucas Corbitt

Lucas Corbitt

Lucas Corbitt is a content contributor and editor for The Hyrule Herald.

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