Pokemon Snap Launching January 5 on American Wii U Virtual Console

Nintendo is set to finally re-release Pokemon Snap on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America.

The Nintendo 64 classic simulation game will release on the platform tomorrow, January 5th, and it will cost $9.99.

Released back in 1999, the first-person rail shooter let players take photos of Pokemon, and featured an entirely new protagonist. It gained a cult following while also being a successful release, selling over 1.5 million copies by the end of its first year.

Here’s a brief synopsis for the game, via Nintendo:

Catching Pokémon is a snap!

Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari to take the best possible photographs of 63 different Pokémon. The island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items! After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique, and number of Pokémon captured. Start practicing if you want to snap the perfect shot!


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