New Pokemon Snap Release Date Set For April 30th

It'll soon be time to head to the Lental region and start snapping some Pokemon

Published: January 14, 2021 8:52 AM /


A title banner for the New Pokemon Snap release date trailer

We finally have a New Pokemon Snap release date. The game, which will see you taking fun photos of all kinds of Pokemon, will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 30th. It'll bring with it a whole new region, new locations, and more.

What do we know about New Pokemon Snap?

In announcing the New Pokemon Snap release date, Nintendo also launched a new trailer to show off some of the game's features and critters. This new game will take place in the Lental region and will see you investigating a mysterious phenomenon known as Illumina. Your mentor this time around is Professor Mirror, who will judge your photos, help you unlock new tech, and be your guide through the world of Lental. Here's the new trailer (warning - it's dangerously cute):

According to New Pokemon Snap's official website, the game will feature over 200 Pokemon. You'll visit locations from tropical jungles to huge deserts, each of which will contain different species of Pokemon. Just like in the original Nintendo 64 game, you'll have access to a suite of tools that will help you interact with Pokemon. In the trailer, a Torchic can be seen roasting an apple thrown by the player. You might see Pokemon roaming as packs, wandering around alone, or interacting with one another by fighting or playing.

As you progress through New Pokemon Snap, you'll unlock more regions, more opportunities to photograph Pokemon, and other new bonuses. As before, you'll be evaluated on the quality and positioning of your photos; special poses give you more points, and photographing more Pokemon could lead to other species behaving in entirely new ways. It sounds like it's going to be a thrill for anyone who was a fan of the 1999 N64 original.

Several of the species featured in New Pokemon Snap
New Pokemon Snap currently has around 71 species we know of, plus several more we aren't sure of.

What Pokemon are in New Pokemon Snap?

The good folks over at have compiled a list of every Pokemon we currently know is in New Pokemon Snap. With a little help from Twitter Pokemon enthusiast Darts, it looks like there are around 71 confirmed species, plus a few more Darts isn't sure about. Here's the full list for your perusal:

  • Squirtle
  • Blastoise
  • Pidgeot
  • Pikachu
  • Alolan Raichu
  • Machamp
  • Dodrio
  • Onix
  • Exeggutor
  • Pinsir
  • Magikarp
  • Lapras
  • Meganium
  • Pichu
  • Bellossom
  • Aipom
  • Wooper
  • Quagsire
  • Heracross
  • Octillery
  • Mantine
  • Torchic
  • Beautifly
  • Shiftry
  • Wingull
  • Pelipper
  • Slaking
  • Sharpedo
  • Wailord
  • Trapinch
  • Zangoose
  • Seviper
  • Torterra
  • Starly
  • Bidoof
  • Drifblim
  • Hippowdon
  • Skorupi
  • Finneon
  • Tangrowth
  • Liepard
  • Swanna
  • Deerling
  • Sawsbuck
  • Bouffalant
  • Mandibuzz
  • Vivillon
  • Florges
  • Heliolisk
  • Primarina
  • Pikipek
  • Toucannon
  • Crabrawler
  • Bounsweet
  • Comfey
  • Pyukumuku
  • Grookey
  • Scorbunny
  • Sobble

The above list constitutes the species confirmed by Serebii. Here are the ones Darts thought they spotted on Twitter (with a couple of uncertain species included):

  • Taillow
  • Murkrow
  • Caterpie
  • Wishiwashi
  • Emolga
  • Shroomish
  • Wurmple
  • Hoothoot
  • Yanma
  • Ducklett
  • Slaking
  • Flabebe
  • Kangaskhan
  • Sandygast (maybe)
  • Dedenne (featured in an official art piece, not confirmed within the game)

You can preorder New Pokemon Snap starting from today. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch - in both physical and digital form - on April 30th.

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