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It was released in Japan on the Wii's Virtual Console on December 4, 2007, in North America on December 10, 2007 then in Europe and Australia on the next day, three days earlier than previously planned. The Virtual Console version features the ability to send pictures taken in the game to the Wii Message Board and send them to friends. This is the first Pokemon game to get a Virtual Console release and the first Virtual Console title which has been modified to take advantage of features of the Wii console. The default name of the main character, Todd, was changed to Todd Snap for unknown reasons, likely to retcon as he was called Snap in the DVD/VHS versions of the Pokémon anime. It is currently available for 1,000 Wii Points.
Pokémon Snap was originally revealed as a Nintendo 64DD game. The game features 63 of the original generation of 151 Pokémon.
Todd Snap, a fledgling Pokémon photographer, who resembles the photographer in the Pokemon series, is summoned by Professor Oak to an unusual island to help him with a report. Oak needs quality pictures to accompany his scientific findings, and knows from past experience that Todd is the right person for the job. Pokémon Island, which contains a variety of climatic and geographic regions, is a place where Pokémon live relatively undisturbed by humans. Using a motorized, amphibious buggy named the Zero-One, Todd explores the island and takes photographs of the wide variety of Pokémon that inhabit its environments.
- Rainbow Cloud
- Official Nintendo Pokémon site
- Pokémon Snap game profile at Nintendo.com (link broken)
- IGN's coverage of Pokémon Snap