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Title Screen

Pokémon Snap

Developers: HAL Laboratory, Pax Softnica
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64
Released in JP: March 21, 1999
Released in US: June 30, 1999
Released in EU: September 25, 2000

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

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Pokémon Snap is a first-person photography game featuring 63 of the 151 original Pokémon (not counting the Pokémon Signs). You take pictures of Pokémon on an island in the Kanto region, imaginatively called Pokémon Island.

For a short while, you could even bring your game cartridge to participating Blockbuster Video outlets (or Toys R Us stores in Australia) and have your pictures printed out on stickers with their machines. CHAAAAAAAAA!

To do:
Add information about a potential debug save menu found by fkualol: "801340E8 = pointer for different menus, set to 8012AA24 for debug save menu?"
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  • Document the Not For Resale version
  • Document the demo version. Source

Unused Graphics

Pokemonsnap temporary.png Looks like "1Fx"

The kanji symbol (仮) for "Temporary", obviously as some sort of placeholder.

Start Game

Japanese text saying "Start Game", still present in the US version.

Crash Debugger

This game has a crash debugger. To open it, crash the game in some way, then enter this button code:

  • Z + R + L
  • D-Up + C-Up
  • A + D-Left
  • B + D-Right
  • D-Down + C-Down

Press Z + R + L to scroll through the pages. Oddly enough, unlike the identical iterations of the crash debugger in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Super Smash Bros., the routine that would display the third page is missing in this game. This has the effect of crashing the crash debugger (ironically) once you reach the second page, which means that only the registers and the stack trace are viewable.

(Source: fkualol)

Regional Differences

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As in most other Pokémon games featuring voiced cries, most Pokémon appearing in the game had their voices changed to match the English dub of the anime. However, some Pokémon did not have their voiced cries changed, because at the time of the game's release these certain Pokémon did not have an English dub voice. The Pokémon who did not not have their voiced cries changed include Metapod, Diglett, Dugtrio, Pidgey, Psyduck, and Porygon.

Japan International
Pokemonsnap cameracheckjp.png Pokemonsnap cameracheckus.png

"CAMERA CHECK" has a different font, Bulbasaur was lightened and moved up and to the right, and the grey texture was slightly touched up in the international versions.

Japan International
Pokemonsnap drokiodocheck.png Pokemonsnap professoroakcheck.png

Once again the font is different, and the corners of the red frame were darkened in the international versions.

Japan International
Pokemonsnap pokemonreportjp.png Pokemonsnap pokemonreportus.png

The Pokémon Report sign was given bolts, a different texture, a blue frame, and glowing text in the international versions.

Revisional Differences

Virtual Console Changes

Snap was the first Pokémon game released on the Virtual Console, and one of the first Virtual Console games to have modifications to the original ROM. Nintendo modding, go figure.

Send to the Wii Message Board

Once per day, the player can send one of the photos they took to the Wii Message Board by going to the gallery, choosing a picture, and then pressing - (Minus) on the Classic Controller or (if using a GameCube controller) the first player's Wii Remote.

While this mimics the Snap Stations that were available when the game was released, it only really meant something if the player had a lot of people on their friend list to send photos to, and the termination of the WiiConnect24 service as well as the Wii U's Wii Mode omitting the WiiConnect24 features has rendered this feature utterly pointless.


Original Virtual Console
JynxN64.png Pokemonsnap Jynx VC.png

Jynx's face was changed from black to purple, to match the Pokémon's modern design (itself the result of the original design's unfortunate resemblance to blackface), yet its hands are still black.