New Pokémon Snap comes out for the Nintendo Switch at the end of this month and I am so, so, so excited. From the vivid vistas to the adorable pocket monsters at play in their natural habitats, it's shaping up to be- good God. Did they just kill Magikarp?
On YouTube, The Pokémon Company shared a seven-minute long gameplay video explaining the fundamentals of the upcoming chill sim game. As a sequel to the original Pokémon Snap that released in 1999, the player is an aspiring photographer who arrives in the Lental region to assist the investigations of Professor Mirror. The area features a wide array of environments, from tranquil beaches to humid rainforests to arid deserts. When the player snaps a photograph of one of the 200 species of Pokémon out there, it builds up their Photodex, offering information about the animal and increasing the Research Level of each area in the Lental region. The character travels in an on-rails hovercraft so they're able to observe the Pokémon without getting in the way of their behaviours.
However, nature is beautiful yet brutal, and fans are stunned at the short stick that Magikarp has gotten. In one clip, Pidgeot swoops to capture the flailing fish from shallow waters with the speed of an apex predator. In the other, Frillish clasps the fish in its appendages, slowly sinking to the sea floor with a contented smile on her face. Easily, the second clip is worse than the first clip, and especially if you read up on the Pokédex entry for the Water and Ghost Pokémon. "Using the invisible poison spikes on its veillike arms and legs, it paralyses its enemies and causes them to drown," states the one from Ultra Moon.
New #NewPokemonSnap footage shows Magikarp being hunted by Pidgeot and Frillish
RIP Magikarp :skull: pic.twitter.com/cdzhmptQRD
- Pokémon News (@PokemonSwordNS) April 8, 2021
That is a horrendous fate for Magikarp. Yes, it is mostly useless until it evolves into Gyarados. However, being plucked from your home and held in a vice, your will slipping away as the poison courses through your bloodstream, the pressure of the ocean pressing on your bones... What did Magikarp do to deserve this?!
I'm sure we'll see even more terrible scenarios of the Pokémon Kingdom played out in front of our eyes when New Pokémon Snap launches on April 30th. If you want to get the low down on the sequel, then check out Tom's words here, where he goes into the features and surprises of the new game.
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