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Quick Look: New Pokémon Snap

Award winning nature photographers, Vinny and Jan, embark on a journey to document nothing but Bidoofs.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

May. 4 2021

Cast: Vinny, Jan

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

New Pokémon Snap

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This is what I've been waiting for.

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This is the best pair for this game.

On the game itself: It's alright. I like the changes to the progression. Having multiple iterations of the routes allows each one to have "mini-stories," and the rarity ratings for poses encourages players to spend more time with each Pokémon to see everything it can do. Finally, having night versions of each course sells the whole Illumina thing.

I'm not quite as keen on everything else around the game, though. The implementation of voice acting is uneven enough that the game would've been better going all or nothing. And speaking of voices: The Pokémon don't say their names. This was a big part of what made the original Pokémon Snap feel like an authentic tour of the Pokémon world.

There are a few other strange odds and ends. The music is super sedated. It's fine for mellowing out during a photo session, but that vibe feels completely out of place during photo evaluations and cutscenes. Having everything at the same level like that makes the game sound flat. It doesn't help that the game is very quiet, too, even at max volume settings. I have to crank up my TV 50% louder than normal.

The frame rate is also inconsistent. It's not quite as noticeable while taking pictures, but it's hard to miss while just looking around or watching cutscenes. This is yet another Nintendo published game that makes me long for a Switch Pro.

Still, we finally have a new Pokémon Snap. Things are looking up!

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that sound in the menu sounds too much like pacman to me

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Vinny's last Quick Look, everyone. Thank you Vinny and Jan.

More pertinent to the video, New Snap looks fun and I might pick it up one day once I get through more backlog.

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I needed a pick me up.

Thanks Jan and Vinny!

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Thank you so much Brad, Alex and Vinny for the years and years and years of joy.

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Don’t mind me I’m just crying watching this Pokémon QL, and nursing a bourbon

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Why are my eyes watering over a porkemon video… 😢

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Why are my eyes watering over a porkemon video… 😢

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😔

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I hate this. Not this video, but THIS.

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<3

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This was a super nice watch after the shocking news so nice timing on this. Going to really miss Vinny but Jan is probably my favorite person on staff now thanks to his constant upbeat attitude.

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Such sadness...

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Vinny and Jan have been a fantastic duo together of late, they both have a real knack for leaning into the silly and the weird, and it makes for some incredibly funny moments. In many ways, this is GB - the old blood and the new faces, creating something special together. One of GB's greatest strengths has been bringing newcomers into the fold; finding great, interesting voices and uplifting them.

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Lucario (and Anubis) is supposed to be a jackal!

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This game is...just so meditative so far. And I cannot think of a better duo to show that than this one.

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Of COURSE you're not taking artsy photos of pokemon, Jan! This is for an identification book, for pokemon scientists, who need to be able to reference it.

Although I'd kind of love a reference book that was full of artistic photos, just as a joke.

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Thank you so much Brad, Alex and Vinny

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Who'd have thought that Vinny's final QL would be a Pokemon game. :(

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That Garchomp/Lucario theme deck is pretty good. lol

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Vinny, Brad and Alex are all leaving.

"Deal with it!" -Bidoof

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*Carry on my wayyyworrrd SoooooOoOon*

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this game is better than it has any right to be

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I like big Bidoofs and I cannot lie.

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As someone getting into the TCG I needed this Lucario/Garchomp talk so bad, though that deck's getting cycled out of standard in a few months so I'd also recommend the Vivid Voltage Charizard deck!

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I hope all the Pokemon fans are enjoying Pokemon Snap 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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Wait, they called this game New Pokemon Snap? Ohh Nintendo..