Nintendo has confirmed via Twitter this morning that the Nintendo 64’s Pokémon Snap will be making its way to the Wii U’s Virtual Console store this Thursday. In the height of the Pokémon GO phenomenon, Nintendo are responding to the potential cash in, but it’s a shame it’s still locked behind Nintendo exclusivity.
Pokémon Snap tasks you with taking pictures of Pokémon, using items such as apples and “pester balls” to achieve better shots. After each round, players are judged based on the quality of their photos. It’s a photographer/gamer’s dream come true, and aside from Pokémon GO as of this year, there has never been a game like it featuring Pokémon.
Pokémon Snap was also one of the first Pokémon games to feature on a console, alongside Pokémon Stadium, which was brilliant for what it accomplished. Pokémon Snap also appeared on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2007, with the game releasing initially in 1999. Seems like a long, long time ago now.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) August 15, 2016
With the craze around the world surrounding Pokémon GO, it is still a damn shame that it’s locked behind NIntendo exclusivity, with the company owning shares in The Pokémon Company. With the potential sales from PlayStation, Xbox and PC players, Pokémon could only get bigger and bigger, especially at a time like now when it’s topping charts, headlines and install bases.