Pokemon Snap Finally Comes to the US Wii U Virtual Console

by Christian Hoffer

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Last year, WWG reported that Nintendo had added the classic Nintendo 64 game Pokemon Snap to the Wii U Virtual Console. There was only one problem: it wasn't available for players living in North America.

Nintendo finally got around to correcting that oversight and announced that Pokemon fans in the US, Canada, and Mexico can purchase Pokemon Snap beginning tomorrow for just $9.99.

First released in 1999, Pokemon Snap follows Pokemon photographer Todd Snap as he travels through several biomes in an island looking for rare Pokemon. Throwing Pester Balls and Apples will lure certain Pokemon out of hiding and players earn points for centering their shots or capturing multiple Pokemon of the same type in one frame. 

Originally, players could have their favorite pictures printed out on stickers at a local Blockbusters. As Blockbusters no longer exist, the Wii U port doesn't have this feature.

Although it wasn't the most complex game, Pokemon Snap was the first Pokemon spin-off game made for consoles and is fondly remembered by older Pokemon fans. Game Freak, the developers of the main Pokemon games, recently added a camera feature in Pokemon Sun and Moon as a callback to Pokemon Snap.

By Christian Hoffer

Christian Hoffer is WWG's resident PokeJournalist and Pokemon expert. He also enjoys Ohio sports, wrestling, and comics.