New Pokemon Snap Gameplay Reveals New Features

Gameplay of New Pokemon Snap has revealed new features, including tools, photo editing, and more.

Shown during today’s Pokemon Presents broadcast, the gameplay showed off the game’s photo editing mode, which will allow you to alter, decorate and share your snaps. Photos can  rated by other players online, and even featured by the developers.

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AI scoring for shots was shown to be rated on Pose, Size, Direction, Placement, Other Pokemon, and Background, awarding both a points score and a star rating. Photos will seemingly also be used to fill a Pokemon Photodex.

There are also new tools in the shape of Illumina Orbs, items that can make Pokemon glow, and change their elemental effects – presumably for higher photo scores. We also see fruits being thrown, and melodies being played to elicit new gestures from Pokemon.

The story of the game isn’t totally clear, but we see the mythical Pokemon Celebi swoop by at the end of the new trailer. New Pokemon Snap will be released on April 30.

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