Pokemon Snap Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Snap RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Get a Sneak Peak at New Pokemon Snap with Explore The Lental Region Site https://www.gameskinny.com/udtbh/get-a-sneak-peak-at-new-pokemon-snap-with-explore-the-lental-region-site https://www.gameskinny.com/udtbh/get-a-sneak-peak-at-new-pokemon-snap-with-explore-the-lental-region-site Fri, 23 Apr 2021 17:31:29 -0400 Josh Broadwell

New Pokemon Snap releases April 30 on Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo is giving fans a chance to explore the Lental region ahead of time — well, sort of.

The Explore Lental site is live now, offering a sneak peak at eight of New Pokemon Snap's regions with clickable locations where you can learn more about what to expect once the full game releases.

Each region has an exclusive digital photo frame you can apply to photos and share on social media, and you'll earn Platinum Points for exploring the site as well.

It's also worth noting the promotional image confirms more than just Gen II Pokemon for New Pokemon Snap. There's a Hippowdon lurking in the oasis there (Gen IV) and what looks like a Torchic (Gen III) approaching it.

New Pokemon Snap puts you back in the cab of the NEO-ONE at the behest of Professor Mirror. The goal is taking top-tier images of Pokemon all around the Lental region, and that means paying close attention to each environment. Some Pokemon react to food, some are only out at night, and most have different responses to New Pokemon Snap's Illumina Orbs.

Check out Illumina Orbs in action in the most recent New Pokemon Snap trailer. 

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New Pokemon Snap Celebrations Abound for Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/622dd/new-pokemon-snap-celebrations-abound-for-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/622dd/new-pokemon-snap-celebrations-abound-for-pokemon-go Fri, 16 Apr 2021 16:57:15 -0400 David Carcasole

New Pokemon Snap will be releasing on Nintendo Switch on April 30, but that good news isn't just for Switch fans. Pokemon GO players will also be able to get in on the Pokemon-photography action with a special event set in the Lental region from April 29 to May 2, 2021. 

The event begins at 10 a.m. local time and ends at 8 p.m. local time on those days. 

Inspired by New Pokemon Snap, this event will be photography-based, and players can expect to see different pokemon from many different habitats either in the wild or on raids. Pokemon include Lotad, Cacnea, Ducklett, Vaporeon, Meganium, and Trapinch. Players will have an even greater chance to acquire a Shiny Smeargle, and a camera avatar and camera-themed sticker will be available in the shop and at PokeStops. 

On top of all that, there will even be Field Research and Timed Research exclusive to this event focused on taking cute Pokemon snapshots.  

Needless to say, it is a very exciting time to be a Pokemon fan, as the IP continues to grow and quality content continues to be added to games like Pokemon GO

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5 Pokemon Spinoffs That Don't Suck https://www.gameskinny.com/hscyp/5-pokemon-spinoffs-that-dont-suck https://www.gameskinny.com/hscyp/5-pokemon-spinoffs-that-dont-suck Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:26:15 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Pokemon Pinball/Pinball Ruby and Sapphire

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Whoever first floated the idea of Pokemon meets pinball was a very smart person. Don’t get me wrong: Regular pinball’s great and all. But the original Pokemon Pinball and the Ruby and Sapphire version took it to another level. In keeping with the version gimmick, you had two table styles to choose from with different layouts and, more importantly, different Pokemon to catch. 

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Instead of space-age bumpers and plain ol’ pins, you had Shroomish or Voltorb to rack up points with, Pikachu to catch the ball — if you were lucky — and Diglett or Psyduck to shake things up and knock the ball around. 

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These were way more than just a Pokemon skin stretched over a pinball table, though. Shooting the ball to the right spot or spinning one of the flippers enough activated several different modes, all built around catching Pokemon (quelle surprise, I know).

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What ‘mon were available depended on the location you started out in. The original would put you in or near cities from Red and Blue, though the R&S version did away with cities for more generic locations only, like caves and such. 

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It was, and still is, an incredibly addictive feature for a pinball game, even if the bumpers did seem to bear some kind of ancient grudge against players and almost always shot the ball somewhere other than where the Pokemon was.

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That's it for our best Pokemon spinoffs. Has another Pokemon spinoff captured your heart that we didn't cover? Let us know over on Twitter, and be sure to hit that share button to spread the Pokemon love.

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Pokemon Colosseum/XD Gale of Darkness

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“I want a Pokemon game with a dark story.” So did Genius Sonority at one point, and that’s how we got Pokemon Colosseum and its very good sequel Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.

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Well okay, that might only be partly true and mostly conjecture, but I stand on this hill. 

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Regardless, you can see an inkling of that desire in both games anyway. Colosseum builds on Pokemon Stadium’s DNA, only instead of just giving you big, flashy 3D battles and very little else, you get a full Pokemon game. 

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The evil teams in both hearken back to the original Team Rocket’s brutal treatment of Pokemon, and it’s your job to both stop them and bring their abused ‘mon back to the light. Yes, that’s where Shadow Pokemon came from.

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Genius Sonority dialed the zaniness up to 500, too, with some of the most memorably bizarre characters the series has seen. It was a breath of fresh air before Pokemon seemingly became stuck in its own success and couldn’t experiment anymore.

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They weren’t perfect, though. There were a lot of limitations in both stories, with plenty of room for more narrative — and basically more of everything else. Battle Mode was billed as the big draw for Colosseum and was happy to destroy you if you hadn’t trained your transfer Pokemon like a pro. But both were still a promising venture into story-based Pokemon that sadly hasn’t resurfaced. 

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Pokemon GO

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Of course, Pokemon GO is on our list. It’s almost impossible not to include it on any best Pokemon spinoff list. Tons of people love it — even folks who normally wouldn’t touch a Pokemon game.

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Entire communities as large and vibrant as the mainline Pokemon communities have spun up around it. The real success, though, is how GO has developed since launch. 

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Traveling around (safely) to find new ‘mon hanging around your town is fun, and training them is fun. Until it gets old fast. Expanded Gym battles, PvP battles, and regular rollouts of new Pokemon have kept things fresh since GO first released.  Regular events help in a big way too, like the recent Team GO Rocket Shadow Pokemon event.

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And best of all, it’s a live service game that doesn’t try and eat your wallet. It’s totally possible to do and obtain everything you want just by enjoying the game — unless you live in a rural area with terrible service like me, in which case you’re left watching sadly from the outside.

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Probably the most impressive part of GO is how Niantic’s adapted it to work in the coronavirus climate. The get out and walk game can be played and enjoyed at home, which really should have been the case to begin with for accessibility reasons. 

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But regardless, it’s a different way to make Pokemon a fun part of your daily routine and probably does a better job than the mainline games of achieving The Pokémon Company’s goal of uniting everyone around Pokemon.

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Pokemon Snap

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With the recent New Pokemon Snap announcement, it’s the perfect time to sing the praises of the original Pokemon Snap once more. Snap really was ahead of its time. Just look back at other games that released in 1999 and think about it. 

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Tomorrow Never Dies and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation released alongside the likes of Legacy of Kain and Shenmue. There were cartoony “kids” games too, of course. Donkey Kong 64, Tarzan, and Spyro 2 all came out that year.

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But they all ask something of you, want you to do something. Save A. Smack B. Accomplish C. What does Pokemon Snap want you to do? Chill out and take pictures of Pokemon doing adorable things in their natural habitats.

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Yeah, you’ve got objectives to complete. Yet you’re still free to enjoy the scenery and not even worry about moving yourself around. Mock its chunky pixels if you will, but it was fresh and new at the time. 

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It’s the sort of alternative gaming experience Harvest Moon started pioneering, but that’s only recently gained a lot of momentum thanks in large part to indie games. It’s not really a stretch to say games like Bird Alone found their roots because of the experience Pokemon Snap pushed for.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color)

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On paper, the Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy sounds like a gimmick at best and an exploitative rabbit hole forcing kids to buy Pokemon cards at worst. You learn the basics of the game, see how all the cards work, collect them all, and battle with virtual opponents to become the best.

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“Doesn’t that sound like something fun to do with real friends and cards that cost money?” No. You don’t need friends. Just play the game instead. You've already spent your money. 

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And oh, is it brutal. Like Shin Megami Tensei levels of brutal. But the idea of introducing folks to the card game worked wonders. Even with the basic card sets available at the time, you can't help but play over and over again. 

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Strategizing is mixed in with a good reward system as well. Win a fight, get some snazzy new cards to start the cycle all over again.

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Japan got a sequel. Sadly, the West didn’t, and this sub-series also died quietly, which is odd considering how the TCG just keeps expanding. I'm not salty. Not salty at all. 

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After more than 20 years, Pokemon’s spawned plenty of mainline games and remakes — and even more spinoffs. Like most, Pokemon spinoffs aren’t exactly uniform in quality.

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Some are great, like the Pokemon Pinball games (more please). Some have good ideas that never quite reach full their full potential (Pokemon Channel and Conquest). And some should just be locked in Mimikyu’s storeroom and left to their fate (lookin’ at you, Pokemon Dash).

We don’t care about the crappy ones, though. We’ve rounded up five of the best Pokemon spinoffs from the classic to the more recent and reminisce about what makes them so great.

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Pokemon Presents Unveils New Pokemon Snap, Teases Big Project https://www.gameskinny.com/vp813/pokemon-presents-unveils-new-pokemon-snap-teases-big-project https://www.gameskinny.com/vp813/pokemon-presents-unveils-new-pokemon-snap-teases-big-project Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:29:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Company dropped a surprise tease yesterday for a presentation called "Pokemon Presents" (as in "ta-da!" not "here's a gift"), promising 11 minutes of Pokemon news today. Following the rapid-fire presentation, we now know a little bit more about Pokemon Smile, Pokemon Cafe Mix, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon GO Fest 2020, and the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. 

We also know there's a brand-new project in the works. Here's everything shown off in today's Pokemon Presents.

Pokemon Smile

First up was a brand-new title called Pokemon Smile.

Pokemon Smile is most definitely geared towards parents with young kids. It's an app encouraging tooth-brushing habits in young children — and hey, maybe in adults too, if you really need it. You'll brush to rescue Pokemon from nefarious bacteria, after which you can catch and befriend the Pokemon. Pokemon Smile is available to download now on Android and iOS devices.

Pokemon Cafe Mix

Next was a puzzle game called Pokemon Cafe Mix, where you own a Pokemon cafe visited by Pokemon (of course). You'll take their orders and fill them by completing different puzzles that take advantage of a unique swirling mechanic. But Pokemon Cafe Mix is also about actually managing a cafe.

You'll hire Pokemon to help staff the cafe, and they'll offer special abilities to help through the game. As you continue doing a good job, you'll attract new Pokemon and also unlock swag to decorate your cafe.

Pokemon Cafe Mix is free to start and will launch for Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices "soon."

New Pokemon Snap

After what seemed like an eternity of agony, we're finally getting a new Pokemon Snap game called... New Pokemon Snap. For now at least, since it's still in development. The name could change. 

You'll visit multiple islands stuffed full of Pokemon spanning all eight generations, and while we didn't get actual gameplay footage in keeping with the spirit of summer, we know New Pokemon Snap will launch on Nintendo Switch when it does release.

Pokemon GO — Go Fest 2020 and Mega Evolution

As Pokemon GO players probably already know, Niantic is making this year's Pokemon GO Fest all, but Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokemon Company, mentioned that Victini the Victory Pokemon is also making an appearance during the Pokemon GO Fest 2020.

On top of that, Mega Evolution is coming to Pokemon GO in a way that's specially designed to fit Pokemon GO's gameplay. Galarian Farfetch'd is also available to catch in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass launched during the presentation as well, and there were a couple of special events announced in honor of the launch. A special Max Raid Battle featuring Zeraora is available starting now through June 28, and if 1 million players take part and win, everyone will get a Shiny Zeraora. Just make sure you get the right Expansion Pass version.

New Project

In usual Pokemon Direct fashion, the presentation closed with a teaser for an unannounced new project. We didn't actually get a name, but we'll be hearing more on June 24 in another Pokemon Presents episode focused specifically on this unannounced Pokemon game.

Related Content

And that was it for today's Pokemon Presents, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news and the next Pokemon Presents on June 24. 

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7 Games That Need to Make the Jump to VR https://www.gameskinny.com/dg8kh/7-games-that-need-to-make-the-jump-to-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/dg8kh/7-games-that-need-to-make-the-jump-to-vr Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:56:13 -0400 Kieran Desmond

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!, you (hopefully) already know where I'm going with this. Standing face-to-face with classic characters and locales from the immensely popular TV show would be an immersive experience only achievable through VR. Having 7-foot-tall ‘holographic projections’ of cards, as well as seeing the monsters and card effects coming to life right in front of your eyes, would be the most definitive way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

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I chose Legacy of the Duelist in particular because of the mode that allows you to take part in almost every major duel that takes place in the show. It also contains classic and recent iterations of the game's rules.

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This would work best on the Oculus, making use of the Oculus Touch controller's hand gestures feature, which could allow you to use gestures and hand movements for carrying out actions, such as drawing a card or declaring an attack.

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Those were my choices for games that need to make the jump to VR, but let us know in the comments below which games and franchises you think should make the jump to VR! 

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Pokemon Snap

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Pokemon Snap is an on-rails, first-person-photography puzzle game on the Nintendo 64. Take a minute to process that.

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Not much would have to be changed about Pokemon Snap for it to be made into a VR title. All you do is look around using an analog stick and take pictures by pressing a button. Replace "an analog stick" with "the headset" and that’s a VR game ready to go. 

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Pokemon Snap was ported to Wii U, and I assumed it would make use of the GamePad to take pictures. But they completely missed an opportunity and it turned out to be a carbon copy of the original -- lacking innovation. Then the Switch arrived, which is essentially a more refined concept of the Wii U, and Nintendo still hasn't capitalized on a game they made 18 years ago -- which is perfect for their modern systems.

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Hopefully, they won't miss the boat when the time comes for them to tackle VR.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Along with my earlier prediction that we’re not too far away from Nintendo Switch VR, I also believe it’ll be an opportunity to change the way everyone plays they’re favorite Switch game -- Breath of the Wild

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The left and right Joycon could be used to control Link’s left and right arms. This means fluid control over handling one and two-handed weapons, shields, throwing items such as bombs, chucking food into a cooking pot, and a feature I sorely miss from previous Zelda titles -- fishing!

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They've already dabbled in motion controls for The Legend of Zelda franchise in Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Building on the ideas implemented in those games, Nintendo could create a spectacular VR experience.

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I can't wait to climb the tallest mountain, take in the beautiful view, and then gracefully glide down onto my horse as I ride off on my next adventure -- all while feeling like I'm actually there.

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No Man’s Sky

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As far back as 2014, developer Hello Games teased VR compatibility for No Man’s Sky -- on more than one occasion. Yet even with the latest 1.3 update, they still haven’t confirmed if NMS will ever be made compatible with VR. However, with more updates to come, hopefully, it will be implemented in the future.

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The Rift’s Oculus Touch controllers should be just what this game needs. You could use one as a joystick for flying your ship and the other, perhaps, to mark points of interest -- or lock onto enemy ships. The Oculus Touch’s gesture controls would be really handy for differentiating between these mechanics on the fly, or even for communicating with aliens. 

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No Man’s Sky is an obvious choice to bring to VR simply because of how amazing the art direction is. Regardless of the game’s shortcomings, there are some truly magnificent sights to behold in the galaxy Hello Games created.

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Fight Night

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EA has seemingly forgone making a sequel to 2011’s Fight Night Champion in favor of the more robust fighter, EA Sports UFC. It may be a decision I completely agree with, but you can’t replicate MMA in virtual reality like you can with boxing -- and that makes VR the best way to revive the franchise.

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The Vive is the perfect platform for this game, as you can use the controllers to throw accurate punches and move around the boxing ring with complete freedom of movement.

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There’s already a couple of boxing games on the Vive, but nothing that replicates the grandiose spectacle of boxing matches like the Fight Night franchise. Implement career mode, plenty of customization, and additional features like being able to increase your characters stats by training, and that's a knockout for EA.

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Nintendogs

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Nintendo Switch VR is totally going to be a thing; it’s just a matter of when it happens. All the tools are there -- a Joycon for each hand and a display just waiting for a headset to slot into.

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Now that you’ve definitely accepted that 100% accurate statement, I’ll make my case for Nintendogs coming to the platform.

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Ever since the Tamagochi craze, human beings have had a fascination with caring for digital pets. Now I’ll admit, I probably played Nintendogs on a friend’s DS for all of five minutes before I knew I didn’t need it in my life. That being said, caring for a pet in virtual reality is another kettle of fish.

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You’d want to be able to move around and interact with your favorite pet, so hopefully, Nintendo will release HTC Vive-like sensors to allow this. You could use the Joycon to pet and groom your dogs with brushes and other accessories. You could prepare food, teach them tricks and give toys to them to play with; get a ball or a stick and use the motion controls to play fetch.

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Why stop there? It’s a video game; you could surround yourself with puppies and kittens. And never, ever leave. Ever.

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Star Wars Episode I: Racer

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If there was ever a racing game that needed a VR version -- this is it. By holding the PlayStation Move controllers like handlebars, you could replicate the feeling of piloting a podracer; leaning side-to-side to steer, and pushing forward and pulling backward to accelerate and decelerate.

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A complete from-the-ground-up remake of the original game, with updated graphics, would be a fantastic experience for many Star Wars fans. Imagine staring out at the crowd and your fellow racers before hearing the claxon at the starting grid of the iconic Mos Espa Grand Arena.

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To add some depth to the game, you could use money earned from winning races to upgrade and customize your cockpit and engine. You could even buy completely new podracers from vendors across the galaxy.

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As gaming evolves, so do the means by which we interact with it. And over the past several years, virtual reality has grown to be one of those ways, one that was once a dream but now is a reality. In fact, virtual reality has changed the way we think about video games. 

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As of this writing, VR is still very much in its infancy. There are a handful of games that really showcase the technology's power, while others are simply still "experiences." But one way to really get gamers behind VR would be to bring some of their favorite titles to the platform. 

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So with that in mind, here are some of the games and franchises that should make the jump to VR -- and reshape the way we look at our favorite games. 

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If The N64 Mini Rumor is True, These Games MUST Be Included https://www.gameskinny.com/rb7f0/if-the-n64-mini-rumor-is-true-these-games-must-be-included https://www.gameskinny.com/rb7f0/if-the-n64-mini-rumor-is-true-these-games-must-be-included Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:50:29 -0400 Zantallion

Nintendo's got mini fever right now. Hot on the heels of last year's NES Classic Edition, they've gone ahead and announced the SNES Classic, which, in the same vein, is a tiny version of the legacy console packed with some of its best games. While people scramble to preorder the SNES Classic before it's sold out forever, we're instead looking to the future. With the miniaturized NES and SNES confirmed, it's only a matter of time until the Nintendo 64 gets its due. And while there's some obvious inclusions (Mario 64, Starfox 64, and Ocarina of Time are locks), there are a few murkier additions that should make the cut if Nintendo really wants its next Mini console to really represent its classic offerings.

Donkey Kong 64

First off is Donkey Kong 64. Although Rare's Microsoft-owned status likely nixes classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker from appearing on the mini N64, Nintendo and Microsoft appear to have come to an agreement when it comes to Donkey Kong. All of the Kong characters and main villain, King K. Rool, are owned by Nintendo. The sticking point in the process before was the Rare-owned retro minigame Jetpac. DK64 managed to get a virtual console release though, so Nintendo re-releases clearly aren't off the table. It's a darn good game, and unless a Banjo-miracle happens, it's the best chance we have to get Rare content in on the N64 Mini.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is another beloved title and the perfect way to get Kirby onto the N64 Mini. He's had titles on both the NES and SNES Classic, and Kirby 64 could continue that tradition.

Kirby 64's colorful visuals, fun, peppy music, and 2D nature would help it stand out among the rest of the N64 Mini's offerings. It also has the benefit of having the very creative power combo system, which still has yet to make a resurgence in the franchise. It not making the jump to the Mini would be a tragedy, so hopefully Nintendo agrees and ensures it has a spot.

Paper Mario

Another mainstay of Nintendo's mini-me's so far has been the inclusion of a classic, era-defining RPG title. NES had the original Final Fantasy, and the SNES has Final Fantasy 6 and Super Mario RPG. But with Square having jumped ship on the N64, what RPG title could fill the gap? None other than the classic Paper Mario will suffice.

The Paper Mario series has come to be a beloved franchise even separated from its series of origin, and while its last few games have had a less than stellar receptions, the first two games are still just as beloved as ever. Paper Mario not making the paper-cut would leave the system without its best RPG, and I have faith Nintendo wouldn't leave it off.

Pokemon Snap

This one should be a no-brainer, but given Nintendo's odd predilection to altogether ignore Pokemon Snap, it could very well not make the cut. Not only has Nintendo continually ignored the deafening cries for a sequel (which the Switch would be perfect for, by the by), but the game also has competition in the form of Pokemon Stadium 2. Ideally, the N64 Mini would be able to host both of its inspiration's premier Pokemon titles, but with its list of titles likely to be shorter than the SNES Mini's 21, the idea of two Pokemon games might get nixed early on.

Sin and Punishment

Now let's get into the more obscure titles. Sin and Punishment isn't the most well-known N64 title, and that's not by coincidence. The original title wasn't released outside of Japan, but the demand for it to come West was eventually enough for it to make it to the international Wii Virtual Console. The response to the title coming to the VC then resulted in a sequel being made for the Wii. As a rail shooter, Sin and Punishment would provide a different genre than most other possibilities, and having it be on the international N64 Mini would be a nice way to finally bring the title full circle.

Wave Race and 1080 Snowboarding

Wave Race and 1080 Snowboarding are two of the N64's best multiplayer games, but unfortunately, they don't get nearly the amount of love that other multiplayer games do. Multiplayer titles like Mario Party and Mario Kart are basically definites for the system, but these two are a little less likely. If Nintendo wants the N64 Mini to succeed outside of just its rarity, a diverse set of multiplayer games is needed, and Wave Race and 1080 Snowboarding are perfect to do that.

Bomberman 64

Speaking of multiplayer games, there's one title that is a 4-player necessity: Bomberman 64. The Bomberman series is a perfect example of the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Despite the main concept being basically the same in every title, Bomberman has always been the bomb when it comes to it's multiplayer. Hudson and Konami, the owners of the franchise, have been on board with prior Minis, with Castlevania entries making the cut for both the NES and SNES Minis, and Bomberman himself getting a slot on the SNES. Hopefully, that streak won't be broken and Bomberman 64 gets a place on the N64 Mini.

Mother 64

The SNES Mini was announced with a big bombshell title attached to it -- Starfox 2, a never-finished, never-released sequel to the SNES's original title. After over a decade of leaked early ROMs, developer interviews, and abandoned ideas, a title thought to be lost forever was getting an official release. So how could the N64 Mini ever hope to top that? By coming with it's own lost title -- Mother 64.

Mother 64 was originally set to be Mother 3, the sequel to the game we Westerners know as Earthbound. It was eventually canceled, and a later project eventually became the ever-requested-for-localization Mother 3 we know today.

But Mother 64 was set to be a completely different game than the Mother 3 that came to be, and was, according to various interviews, over 50% done by the time it was canned. It even had a huge, playable demo at Nintendo's Spaceworld 1999. If Starfox 2 could be completed, and Nintendo can finally let it see the light of day, the N64's best equivalent -- and the smartest decision for Nintendo -- would be finishing up Mother 64 and including it on the micro-console. After all, there were already jokes about Starfox 2 being released in the West before Mother 3 was. Could you imagine the reaction if a different, unreleased Mother game beat Mother 3 to the punch?

And those are our picks for what Nintendo ought to include on the N64 Mini. So what do you think of our choices? Were there any obvious games we missed? Are there any other lost titles that you think should be resurrected? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll keep you posted on any developments regarding the N64 Mini rumors.

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The 5 Best Pokemon Spin-Off Games https://www.gameskinny.com/wrwos/the-5-best-pokemon-spin-off-games https://www.gameskinny.com/wrwos/the-5-best-pokemon-spin-off-games Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:12:32 -0500 Pablo Seara

Pokémon is one of the most beloved franchises in the world. Most of the Pokémon games are masterpieces, with great, solid game play, addicting collection system, and an interesting, cute world. The main games are a must-play, at least once in our life time, but what about other Pokémon games?

Pokémon offers a lot of different spin-offs, with alternative approaches and new mechanics. They explore genres that the franchise have not touched before, and many of them are as good as the main Pokémon games. In this list, you will find the best 5 Pokémon Spin-Off Games for any console.

5. Pokkén Tournament

The most recent Pokémon title for consoles is a hybrid between Pokémon and Tekken, a classic fighting game with a small but solid roster of powerful pokémon, which includes Pikáchu, Charizard, Shadow Mewtwo, Suicune, Lucario, and more. The game play is unique to the franchise, a fresh take on the typical turn-based battles, adding more dynamism and activity to the combat system. It is also really accessible, but deeper than it seems.

The battles consists in two different phases: an open one, Tenkaichi-ish style, with free, three dimensional movement, and a more classic take, like Tekken. The extensive League system, and a strong online component, make this title a must-have for Wii U owners. 

4. Pokémon Snap

A Pokémon game where you do not have to catch them, but take pictures of them instead? That is right, and it is incredibly good. Our main character is Todd (a recurring photographer in the first Pokémon seasons) and our main objective is to photograph a rare Mew. We will have to ride on a machine created by Professor Oak through multiple landscapes, catching as many Pokémon as we can in our photographs.

These pictures can be better or worse depending on some conditions: if the Pokémon is centered or not, if it is performing a special move, etc. At the end of each level, Professor Oak will evaluate them, granting us points that we will need to unlock new areas. There are some items we can use to cause different effects on the Pokémon, helping us to photograph them with more quality. A surprising, original Pokémon spin-off.

3. Pokémon Trading Card Game

One of the best hanheld Pokémon spin-offs, Pokémon Trading Card Game was perfect for the time, when Pokémon cards were popular in the real world. It functions as a classic battle-card game, with one-vs-one matches. The cards work similar to the normal Pokémon games: you have to take into account the type of the Pokémon, as well as the attacks.

The in-game progession is as usual, conquering the eight gyms to gain access to the Pokémon League. By defeating the champions and gym leaders, you win legendary cards you can add to your collection. Trading cards and engaging into battle with your friends through Link Cable was an awesome experience, as thrilling and addicting as a main Pokémon game.

2. Pokémon Colosseum

Both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, are the closest we have ever been to get a main Pokémon console game. It follows the spirit of the great Pokémon Stadium One and Two for Nintendo 64. Pokémon Colosseum has a more developed and original story than most of the Pokémon games, with its own art style and mechanics.

The main character is a Pokémon thief, a deserter of a criminal organization known as Team Snagem. Your objective is to rescue Shadow Pokémon, who have had their hearts taken by the evil organization Cipher. As you can see, it isn't anything extreme, but it feels different and unique. You can capture Pokémon from your rivals, as well as purify Shadow Pokémon and add them to your team.

1. Pokémon Conquest

This is by far the most unique, deep and interesting spin-off Pokémon has to offer. Pokémon Conquest is a crossover between Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition, an unlikely combination that results in a great game.

The premise is as follows: in the ancient country of Ransei, lords and warriors fight for the glory and their territories with their Pokémon. This is a result of a legend that states that, whoever conquers the seventeen kingdoms that conform Ransei, will meet a legendary Pokémon, which will bring destruction or enlightenment to the world.

The game play consists of strategy, turn-based combats, that take place in two different planes. One of them is the seventeen different kingdoms, were warriors move and encounter their enemies. The second one is the Pokémon battles, similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. The originality and vision of this title is unique, a surprising mix that creates the best Pokémon spin-off.

What do you think of these games? Have you played them? Would you change any of them? Tell me your thoughts on the comment section below!

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9 Everyday Jobs Made Ridiculous in Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/oahrl/9-everyday-jobs-made-ridiculous-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/oahrl/9-everyday-jobs-made-ridiculous-in-video-games Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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And That's The List!

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Thank you all very much for reading this far, we hope you enjoyed it. If you have a career-oriented game that you felt should have been on the list, or could help to fill out a potential future list, feel free to tell us in the comments! We know there were a fair few other games we could have mentioned, but we couldn't fit them all into one list, so recommend some more and we may do a follow-up in the future!

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Attorney (Ace Attorney Series)

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If you knew anything at all about Ace Attorney coming into this list then you knew it would be on here. The series is perhaps most well known for it's over-the-top and beyond unbelievable characters, plot twists, and it's depiction of an insanely corrupted court system full of liars, bluffers, and complete idiots. 

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Phoenix Wright, the series most frequently recurring protagonist, may be a morally upright human being and straight edged defense attorney, but the same cannot be said for most of his rival prosecutors, or the chronic liar witnesses he is forced to grill in court. 

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Phoenix Wright, the series most frequently recurring protagonist, may be a morally upright human being and straight edged defense attorney, but the same cannot be said for most of his rival prosecutors, or the chronic liar witnesses he is forced to grill in court. A court case that could be called mundane in the world of Ace Attorney would contain more fabricated evidence, eccentric and uncooperative witnesses, corrupt officials, and lies than some of the most cartoonish recorded in human history. 

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Not to mention that the courtroom conduct in Ace Attorney couldn't so much be called a "kangaroo court" as an "australian outback court". Weapons are brought into and used in the courtroom during the trials constantly, the defense and prosecution interrupt each other all the time, and testimonies get revised about three or four times per witness every hour on the hour.

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Ace Attorney is absolutely crazy... but it's not completely unrealistic. It is mostly unrealistic in it's depiction of the legal world and the life of an attorney, but what they sacrifice in realism they make up for by telling more creative stories under less limitations than a completely true-to-life legal drama would be under.

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Realism isn't everything. Sometimes, it can make a game better. But then there are other cases, such as Ace Attorney's, where realism takes a vacation, and everything is better for it.

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Surgeon (Trauma Center Series)

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The Trauma Center series has a fairly complex plot, and a tone very reminiscent of many serious soap operas, which is what makes some of it's more outlandishly overblown moments all the more hilarious.

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Most of your time spent in the average Trauma Center game is spent treating patients "under the knife" who are critically sick or injured. But sometimes you aren't treating the sick and wounded. Sometimes you're slowing down time in order to jab the the patient with painkillers about five times. Sometimes you're instantly healing patients with a literal "healing touch". For a great length of the first game in the series Trauma Center: Under the Knife, you are fighting off a man-made disease called GUILT. Yes, GUILT. 

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On one very special occasion, you even get to disable a bomb. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Paper Boy (Paper Boy)

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I feel that this one needs little explanation. The multi-platform retro classic Paper Boy is about as true to running a real newspaper delivery route that they might as well have set it in space for how down-to-Earth it is.

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The only thing that is realistic about Paper Boy is the fact that you have to throw newspapers to peoples front doors while on your bicycle, pedaling through a suburban neighborhood. Every single other thing about the game, however, is completely insane. One minute you'll be passing by gravestones on the front lawn of house only to get flung around by a miniature tornado, whereupon you slam right into an angry dog, and collect yourself just in time to run into the literal actual Grim Reaper.

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The most unrealistic thing about Paper Boy, however, is that you can turn a house that doesn't subscribe to the newspaper into a house that does subscribe--by breaking their window with a newspaper. What even.

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Chef (Battle Chef Brigade

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Continuing on with the theme of the service industry, we have Battle Chef Brigade. Of all the games where you can become a professional chef, the upcoming Battle Chef Brigade has the most creative, as well as the most fantastically impossible take on it.

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Using a combination of fantasy weapons and magical spells, you must control one of four different warrior chefs, as they hunt down dragons and winged eyeballs (as well as chickens it's not all crazy). They must then cook their findings into something delicious that caters for the mixed council of human, elf, and orc judges, by playing a match-three puzzle game.

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Realistic? No. Fun and unique? Yes.

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Bartender (VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

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Sometimes you just need to go somewhere where everybody knows your name.VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is just about as engaging as it is hard to spell; Very. But it's also more science-fiction than it is bartending school.

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It has you serving drinks brewed behind the bar from the ground up from the basic chemical components of alcohol to upper-class talking dogs and cyborg cat women among other people. You can make as many mistakes as you want while making drinks, making the most you can lose a tip from your client, which I'm sure is the biggest problem at most bars in the modern space future.The most realistic thing about the bartending aspect of the game is the fact that the drinks can cost hundreds of dollars each.

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Firefighter & Police Officer (Mighty Switch Force Series)

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The Mighty Switch Force games, while very fun and challenging puzzle games, aren't exactly accurate depictions of what it's like to work for the emergency services.

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In the first Mighty Switch Force game, you play as cybernetic police officer Patricia Wagon (get it Patty Wagon hahaha) as she rounds up a group of escaped criminals. You do this by activating the siren on your helmet, which allows you to briefly pause time itself, and change the physical properties and visibility of certain blocks in the surrounding area. You also get around quickly by shooting yourself in all directions by entering purple blocks when they are not solid, and then forcing them to come into full existence around you, forcing them to act like canons.   

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All of this done in the pursuit of a group of freshly escaped convicts, who are all perfectly healthy, but make no attempt to run from the officer in uniform running towards them with a gun in her hand. Yeah, I'm gonna say that's a little bit out there.

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Mighty Switch Force 2 was pretty similar, new puzzles with an identical goal of collecting five people per level, but this time with a new mechanic based around Patricia being a firefighter. The biggest standout difference this time around being that you could now kick babies to save them. Kick. Babies. I think that's about all I need to say. 

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Professional Photographer (Pokémon Snap)

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Pokémon Snap is a classic on the Nintendo 64 for many people, and while it is a pretty well-structured and novel game about photographing Pokemon in the wild, it's not quite accurate to the daily workings of a field photographer. Sure, the camera work and expeditions to different regions for different kinds of animals is somewhat realistic, but there are a few sketchy methods being employed by Professor Oak in this project.

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Putting aside the fact that the player character Todd Snap is equipped with a hover buggy that allows him to do everything from raft on rivers to exploring the clouds. but the methods used by this so-called professional are both unconventional, and sometimes unethical. Everything from knocking Pokemon into lave with synthetic apples to tossing noxious gas-filled Pester Balls at them until they pass out, nothing is off the table for Snap when he needs a photo and needs it bad.

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Professor Oak's research might be inhumane. Not quite sure about that.

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Plumber (Classic Mario Bros.)

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Let's start out with the prequel to one of the most well-know classics, and perhaps the best sewer level ever in video games, the original arcade Mario Bros. It's been said for years that the Mario Brothers are plumbers, ever since their first official title in 1983, but never in any canonical title in the Mario series have we ever seen either of these two do anything that has to do with proper plumbing.

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Yeah, we know it's low-hanging fruit to mock Mario and Luigi for not acting like real plumbers, but it would be good for their namesake if they snaked a drain or unclogged a toilet here and there. Because when it comes to their few actual plumbing related exploits, their sewer-based assignments are far from ordinary.

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In the original arcade Mario Bros. Mario and Luigi must jump on and kick turtles and crabs while avoiding fire, jumping straight up into incomplete and highly flexible walkway foundation, and collecting golden coins... while never actually cleaning anything. Again, Mario games have never been all that realistic, nor do they need to be, but if they think this is plumbing, then they need go back to school. 

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Since their inception, video games have been an outlet for entertainment, and usually escapism. Most video games are far from realistic, and allow the player to vicariously live out a wide array of fantasies, whether it be becoming an experienced solider in a war for the future or some brightly colored humanoid animal attempting to save the world and their loved one.

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But it didn't take too long for some semblance of realism and relatability in the medium, and soon some video games began to depict the very jobs and daily grinds that they were made to help people escape from. But thankfully, loads of games that are meant to let a player walk in the shoes of a particular profession have been great, although in most cases, this usually comes at the cost of more than a cup-and-a-half of realism. 

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Just to be clear, not every game needs to be completely realistic, and many games often benefit from being less realistic. However, in this particular case, I thought that it would be an entertaining and reflective little exercise to look back at some of the games where you play as a character who is meant to have a common everyday job, but through the magic of video games, has the realistic aspects of that job put through the wringer a few times.

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The basic premise of this list is simple: We aren't going to look at examples of video games that portray an occupation in a down-to-earth way like Papers, Please or Euro Truck Simulator. Rather, we are going to look at some of the most over the top and "game-ified" representations of legitimate career paths that the industry has ever chundered up. 

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Alright, it's time to punch that clock!

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10 Games That Allow You to Unleash Your Inner Amateur Photographer https://www.gameskinny.com/30o8y/10-games-that-allow-you-to-unleash-your-inner-amateur-photographer https://www.gameskinny.com/30o8y/10-games-that-allow-you-to-unleash-your-inner-amateur-photographer Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:07:02 -0400 Amy Turnbull

August 19th marks World Photo Day – a day to celebrate the beautiful art of photography, no matter your skill level. For those that wish to combine their love of both photography AND gaming, we’ve put together this list looking at a variety of games from over the last 20 years that give you the opportunity to take pictures as you play.

Pokémon Snap

1999; Nintendo 64, WiiU


This seems a good place to start, considering the game’s re-release on the WiiU this week in Europe. In Pokémon Snap you play as young photographer Todd Snap, working for Professor Oak as he researches wild Pokémon. You travel around Pokémon Island, via its Zero-One safari vehicle system, taking pictures of the wild Pokémon inhabiting the place. This was the first 3D game in the popular franchise, and is a fun little venture, especially for younger fans of the series.

Fatal Frame

2002; PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii

Pic source: Fatal Frame Wikia

Definitely the most spine-tingling game in this list, Fatal Frame is a survival horror series with a difference. In each game, you are armed with little more than an old camera, as you navigate through dark and creepy haunted dwellings. But fear not – it just so happens that the Camera Obscura you carry with you is just what you need to fight your way past the terrifying ghosts and sad, wandering spirits. Based on the superstition that having your photo taken steals your soul, snapping photos of the angry spirits in your path will weaken them, and allow you to defeat them once and for all.


GTA IV/GTA V

2008/2013; PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Although a number of the games in the Grand Theft Auto series have featured interactive cameras at some point, it’s the 4th and 5th games in the series that feature them most prominently.

In GTA IV, protagonist Niko carries a Whiz camera phone that is required in a number of missions throughout the game. You can use the camera phone outside of missions to take photos, too, though they cannot be saved.

You’ve upgraded to a smartphone in GTA V, and the Snapmatic app is what you’ll use to take photos for most missions requiring them. Protagonist Franklin does get chance to use an SLR camera in the 'Paparazzo' mission, and the 'Casing of the Jewel Store' mission provides you with a pair of glasses with a built-in camera, but these are mission-specific and can’t be used elsewhere. A fun feature that has been added at this stage in the GTA series is the ability to upload your photos to social media via the Rockstar Social Club. And yes – you can take photos outside of missions, so get snapping!

BioShock

2007; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Pic source: BioShock Wikia

The Research Camera features in the earlier games of the BioShock series, and its use contributes to your research rewards in the game. You use the camera to take photos of various enemies and security devices, and in doing so reveal biological weaknesses and hidden secrets related to your photographic subject. The better the quality of your pictures, the higher your scores will be.


Dead Rising

2006; Xbox 360

In this survival horror action game, you play as Frank West, a photojournalist that finds himself trapped in a mall overrun with zombies. Though your main objective is to defeat as many of the undead as possible with whatever is handy, you can also earn Prestige Points by using your camera to capture various people and events as you encounter them. These Photo Opportunities present themselves throughout the game, allowing you to score varying degrees of Prestige Points depending on how well you capture the moments.


Lumen

2013; PC

This free-to-download puzzle platformer is a lesser known game, but a very pretty one that’s well worth a look. It’s incredibly short, at around 20 minutes long from start to finish, but worth a quick play through for its uniqueness.

In Lumen, you play as a little girl trapped within her own nightmares, and are armed with nothing but a camera. You can use this camera and the subsequent instant photographs, to manipulate the world around you to aid in your escape.

If you wish to give this game a try, you can download it free for PC. As short as it is, what do you have to lose?


Bully

2006; PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, PC

Pic source: Bully Wikia

This high school centric game features a photography class as one of its mini-game classes. There are 5 missions to complete as part of the class, and each one involves photographing an assigned subject in return for a reward. Examples include capturing pictures of any three students, and carnival freaks (in order to receive the Yearbook, and double tickets for the carnival, respectively).

The camera can also be used outside of missions to provoke others by aiming the lens their way. Students already on friendly terms with protagonist Jimmy will simply greet him, but those that aren’t will begin to taunt your character and eventually attack if you continue to point your camera their way. So choose your photographic targets wisely!


Dinosaur Safari

1996; PC, Mac

This educational game was designed by scientists from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. In it, after travelling back in time, your mission is to photograph as many different dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as you can find, to collect valuable data for the “National Chronographic Society”.

The graphics and gameplay leave a lot to be desired, especially 20 years on, but the premise is no doubt still an appealing one for younger children.


Afrika

2008; PlayStation 3

This realistic simulator game takes you on an African safari to capture stunning wildlife scenes with real-world photography equipment. You are given assignments via email, in which you must capture wildlife in specific situations; for example, a pack of lions on the hunt. As you complete each mission, your photos are graded, and you get to learn about professional photography techniques along the way.

The game is very much like a real world version of Pokémon Snap, as you travel around the area collecting photos of the different creatures you encounter, with not much more of a point to the game beyond that. Afrika was met with mixed reviews, but may appeal to those with an interest in wildlife and photography.


Uncharted 4

2016; PlayStation 4

Pic source: PlayStation Blog

Although Uncharted 4 doesn’t make use of a camera in-game as an actual equipped item like the rest of the games on this list, the game’s Photo Mode is so in-depth and stunning, and so popular amongst players, that there was no way it couldn’t be included here.

The Photo Mode allows you to capture screenshots throughout the game in exquisite detail, and then use editing tools to crop, add filters, and perfect your pictures to your heart’s desire. Fans are using this feature to create beautiful works of art to share online with others. The feature’s popularity shows this to be an enjoyable extra for anyone playing the game.

More and more games are adding a similar screen-capturing feature like the one utilized in Uncharted 4, and with the ever-expanding sophistication of technology, along with the continued rise of social media, I imagine we’ll continue to see this trend in the gaming world.

Did your favourite photography-linked game make it into this list? What other snap-happy games not listed here do you enjoy? Please let us know in the comments, and in the meantime, Happy World Photo Day!

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1995-2016: Top 5 Conferences in the History of E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:34:49 -0400 Phil Fry

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E3 2016: Present Day Hype 
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E3 2016 has come a long way since the '96 conference of the N64.

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This year's conference is on this list for several different reasons. Admittedly, I may be letting all of the hype influence this listing -- but thus far, this year's conference has been full of exciting developments and showcases. 

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One of the dominant features that has many gamers talking is Nintendo's latest Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildThe gameplay footage that we have seen so far illustrates that the game is taking a turn away from the conventional aspects of the series and placing more emphasis on exploration and player choice akin to the original NES game. Link is able to jump on command, mountains can be scaled, and environments manipulated. 

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Furthermore, the vastness of the new Hyrule has been said to be far more expansive than any previous iteration of the series, and as a long-time Zelda fan, I am hyped to play this game. The first 20 minutes of gameplay shown left me impressed and much more excited than I honestly expected to be.

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But Zelda alone is not the only hype-worthy game from this year's conference. Bethesda's Dishonored 2, which involves Emily Kaldwin as a playable character, promises to further develop the story of the Empire of the Islands. Bethesda also showcased their reboots of Prey and Quake -- and announced an HD remake of their popular Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, which is also allowing console users access to mods for the first time. 

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Double Fine's Psychonauts VR gameplay was shown utilizing PlayStation's VR,  BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda made an appearance, Gears of War 4, We Happy Fewand Microsoft's new project Scorpio are just touching the surface of the kinds of announcements we've seen so far, making this year's conference one of the most noteworthy in recent history. 

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Which conferences do you remember the most? What announcements left you in awe? What are some of your favorite E3 moments of all time? 

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E3 2013: Long Awaited Sequels 
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E3 2013 was a conference in which many gamers saw sequels that had been, and in some cases are still, long-awaited. Perhaps one of the biggest sequels announced was Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3. The series had not seen a true sequel since Kingdom Hearts 2 back in 2005, 8 years prior to the 2013 conference. Countless fans rejoiced at the announcement. 

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Despite the Kingdom Hearts series containing numerous handheld games that enriched the game's story and characters, and HD remakes, many gamers had been anxious for a Kingdom Hearts 3 for the entirety of a console generation. 

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[image via My Nintendo News]

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Nintendo gave the announcement date ofPikmin 3, another sequel that was long-awaited for a whole console generation. 

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DICE's reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront was first shown, another highly anticipated sequel, after the popular two games from two generations ago were left in limbo. 

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Other notable sequels of this E3 conference included: Final Fantasy XV, The Witcher 3, and Dark Souls II. 

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[E306 - Halo 3 trailer from The Microsoft Briefing]

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E3 2006: A New Generation 
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The 2006 conference is on this list for several different reasons. Primarily, it was the conference in which the first line-up of memorable last generation console games were shown and discussed. 

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Microsoft had a particularly notable conference due to Halo 3, which was highly anticipated at the time and saw gameplay innovations like Forge mode, and the ability to save gameplay footage in Theater mode. During the game's first 24 hours of being released, more than one million players were on the game with Xbox Live. Halo 3's multiplayer was finely tuned, and the game holds a special place in my memories because of the individuals I met playing the game and the community experience that revolved around it.  

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Microsoft also showed a trailer for Lionhead's Fable 2, another anticipated sequel -- the first Fable being a notable RPG for its utilization of player choice in the story. 

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Nintendo's conference set a release date for the innovative Wii, with fantastic games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Mario Galaxy. At the 2004 conference, many remember the first unveil of Twilight Princess, with Shigeru Miyamoto coming on-stage wielding Master Sword and Hylian Shield to the rallying cries of fans. This Zelda game featured innovative motion controls, arguably some of the best boss fights in Zelda history, and a darker story in nature the series hadn't seen since Majora's Mask. 

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Apart from Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy featured a new take on 3D platformers, allowing Mario to traverse planet-like platforms through space in full rotation. The game also featured a fully-orchestrated soundtrack that's almost reminiscent of Studio Ghibili style sounds. 

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E3 2001: Developments in Competitive Gaming 
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At the E3 conference of 2001, Nintendo's GameCube first made its appearance, Microsoft's initial Xbox game line-up was unveiled, and Sega's Dreamcast made its last appearance. 

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Nintendo's games included titles like: Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and Luigi's Mansion. 

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Melee alone sparked the formation of competitive Smash Bros communities across the United States and Japan. The fighting game scene centered on Melee saw a history of technique developments like Wave Dashing, Dash Dancing, and the overall development of character play-styles. Player names like Mew2King, Mango, Leffen and Armada were (and are) widely known names in the Smash Bros community for their high level of play. To this day, Melee remains a highly competitive game that is featured in MLG events such as Anaheim. 

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Another major event of the 2001 conference was the Microsoft conference that featured the first installment of the critically acclaimed Halo franchise.

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[via Halo Nation]

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The FPS Halo: Combat Evolved, which gave rise to the machinima style series Red vs Blue, was innovative in the development for split-screen and multiplayer experiences, and went on to release incredibly popular sequels like Halo 2 and 3Halo 2 would be the primary feature of MLG's Pro Series in 2006, which was the first televised video game console league. 

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[Nintendo 64 U.S. Unveiling @ E3 '96 in Los Angeles, California]

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E3 1996: 3D Interactive Environments 
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At the second ever E3 conference, there were several revolutionary developments showcased. Starting with what is arguably the most prominent of the conference, Nintendo's 64-bit and first 3D console, the N64, made its premier appearance at the '96 E3. The game shown alongside it was the widely-known Super Mario 64. The game's innovative interactive 3D environment, the N64's analog control stick, and the ability to change camera angles in-game, surely blew the minds of many gamers of the day.

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For myself and gamers of my generation, the N64 was the first console we owned (I still own mine), and became the console of our childhoods. The N64 went on to see games like Super Smash Bros, Star Fox 64, Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards, Pokemon Snap, and countless other titles that defined a new generation of gaming -- and that's not even mentioning all of the classic Rare games on the console as well. 

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Besides Nintendo, this 1996 conference saw the reveal of Square's (Now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII, which won countless gaming awards in 1997, and has gone on to be considered one of the greatest games ever made. 

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[via Wikipedia]

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Other games featured at the second conference included Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot, Blizzard's StarCraft, Tomb Raider, and Capcom's Resident Evil. Pretty big year.

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E3 2016 is finally coming to an end. With each day of the conference new and exciting games were unveiled -- and the hype is real, especially after Nintendo's gameplay footage reveal of the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I know that I have been thoroughly impressed with the footage I've seen of the game, and I think it's safe to say that many longtime Zelda fans and gamers are very interested in playing the game. 

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Since E3's beginning in 1995, there have been conferences in which certain games have received similar levels of hype. And in this article, we are going to look at 5 of the best E3 conferences based on the games or consoles that were revealed during that year, and often times the historical developments of gaming these specific games contributed towards. 

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This list was difficult to make, particularly because at each conference there is typically at least a few major games announced, and what I may consider a substantial reveal may not be what someone else considers significant. But in the history of E3, these are my top 5 conferences. This list is not ordered in terms of one conference holding more significance than another, but instead goes from earliest to latest conference year. 

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Top 5 franchises in need of a reboot https://www.gameskinny.com/diy79/top-5-franchises-in-need-of-a-reboot https://www.gameskinny.com/diy79/top-5-franchises-in-need-of-a-reboot Thu, 15 Oct 2015 03:59:16 -0400 mrivera269

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1. Jak and Daxter (Naughty Dog) 

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Jak and Daxter was a platformer, originally released in 2001 for PlayStation 2. It was developed by Naughty Dog, before they started making masterpieces like Uncharted and Last of Us. This game was a precursor to the platforming mechanics of those games. The world was colorful and interesting, the story exciting and humorous. It would be great to see Jak and Daxter rebooted on PlayStation 4. 

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Of course, they are a lot more games that deserve reboots, these are personally my list. If you have a game you think deserves to be rebooted, leave a comment and let us know! 

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2. Pokemon Snap (Nintendo) 

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Why? Do I really need to give a reason? Fine! I’ll give one anyway. Pokémon Snap was released on June 30, 1999 for the Nintendo 64. It was the first time we were able to see our favorite pocket monsters in full 3D. You were able to traverse various lands on a mine cart and take pictures of your favorite Pokémon. This game would be great for Nintendo to release on Wii U, or even smartphones! Maybe a snap feature will be included with the new Pokémon Go game? We can only hope. 

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3. Oni (Bungie) 

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This reboot is very unlikely, seeing how busy Bungie is with Destiny. But it’s still worth mentioning. Oni was a third-person anime styled action shooter. The game was published by Rockstar and released on PC and PS2 in 2001. It mixed shooting and melee, among other mechanics, to make this game fun. Oni references would later make their way into Bungie’s next big game, Halo

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4. Winback (Koei)

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WinBack was a third-person shooter developed by Koei for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 2. WinBack was my first experience at first person shooting, and a cover system, both of which were done extremely well. The game was heavily influenced by Metal Gear Solid. The cover system would later influence games such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Gears of War, to name a few. The game was also the first iteration of a laser pointing system that is now a staple of all third-person shooters. 

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5. Dark Cloud (Level-5) 

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Dark Cloud was released on May 29th, 2001 in North America—December 14th, 2000 for Japan. It was an action role-playing game for the PlayStation 2. What made the game special was its “city-building aspect.” The major antagonist, “the Dark Genie,” attacks and destroys multiple villages in the game in which the hero, Toan, sets off on an adventure to help rebuild the destroyed lands. Through your journey, you tackled different dungeons in each village to help restore what the Dark Genie destroyed. You also teamed up with six different characters that helped you fight as you conquested various dungeons.

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During its release, Dark Cloud garnered great praise and was personally one of my favorite games on the PS2. I believe if brought over to the PS4, this game would be just as amazing as it once was. 

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Have you ever stopped and considered just how much gaming has evolved? Consoles have taken leaps ahead of what they formerly were. Graphics now look amazing, AIs are as challenging as ever, level designs are incredible, and games now are just flat out spectacular.

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Now have you ever wondered what it would be like to play franchises from PS2 or even SNES rebooted for this generation of consoles? Well I have, and here is my top 5 list of games I think deserve some current-gen rebooting.  

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Where's my new Pokemon Snap and Stadium? Get it together, Nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/7a10j/wheres-my-new-pokemon-snap-and-stadium-get-it-together-nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/7a10j/wheres-my-new-pokemon-snap-and-stadium-get-it-together-nintendo Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:16:13 -0400 Emily Speight

One of the only things my sister and I have ever agreed on is that there needs to be more Pokemon console games.

With the internet doing its best imitation of Philip J Fry since the Pokemon Go teaser was released, it's nice to know that we're not alone.

Come on, Nintendo.

I don't need to eat, pay my bills, or otherwise be a functioning adult as badly as I need to see a new Pokemon Snap or Pokemon Stadium. The latest iteration of the Stadium games, released on the Wii (nine years ago!) left behind the titling convention and branded itself as Pokemon Battle Revolution. You know what? If I’m being honest, the very last thing I am looking for from Pokemon is revolution, and I'm sure I am not alone in this.

All I want, deep down, is a modest, incremental improvement from the previous year's outing. Do that and you might as well just send me an annual bill, Nintendo.

A Wii U Pokemon Stadium would be great. The gamepad would allow you to pick your Pokemon without that one friend everybody had (whose dad worked you-know-where) always going second and picking deliberate counters to our choices. You could pass the gamepad back and forth each turn to hide movesets. Modern infrastructure could potentially even allow for a game that can update with the times, downloading new movesets, items and Pokemon from subsequent games!

Although something like that would only really be possible if it could be funded by predatory microtransactions from another game in the franchise… oh wait.

Then again, with the Wii U seemingly dead and buried, it's more than likely that if we see anything, it’ll be for Nintendo's next console. That's fine. I can live with that -- especially if the new console doesn’t have friend codes. Get it out the gate early and it’d be a killer app. A bundle in time for next year's holiday would absolutely swan dive off shelves. We know this, because we've seen it happen before.

One the other hand, the Wii U was made for Pokemon Snap! Again: the gamepad! The Miiverse! There are more than seven hundred Pokemon out there now and while catching ‘em all is a mug’s game (unless you have an equal parts enviable and slightly depressing amount of free time on your hands), catching ‘em all on camera is a much more reasonable goal!

After all, Pokemon Snap only included a little over a third eponymous critters, focusing mainly on the smaller and cuter side of things -- the sorts of critters that you just can't help but throw things at.

Expanded courses and ‘mons would be a great avenue for DLC.

And just think of the amiibo Pokemon Snap could interface with! It would give Nintendo a surer platform on which to grapple the attention of kids and collectors away from Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

I’m not asking for a Pokemon MMO or a full 3D Pokemon console game -- loads of unanswered letters to Santa and silent birthday wishes have taught me that neither are even going to happen, no matter how awesome they’d be.

A new Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Stadium, though -- it’s something Nintendo can and has successfully done before. So get your act together, sort out the licensing issues you may or may not have, and hop to it!

...pretty please, of course.

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