Acknowledging Regrets: Pokemon Snap

Last I left you all, I had been going on about how there was a copy of Pokemon Snap in the glass case at Value Village for $20.  I had lamented about its cost and swore that I’d never buy it for that price.  I (for some unknown reason) thought it was a game where you could upload Pokemon from an earlier game and take photos of them in 3D.  Um, what?  I know, right?  After learning about what the game is actually about, I have been trying to think of where I got that notion from because there is not a game like that that exists as far as I know (please correct me if I’m wrong.)  I’ve given my head a shake and have since watched several reviews of Pokemon Snap.  I have to say that I’m a little enamoured with the game’s premise.

I don’t know that I’d call myself a huge Pokemon fan because I didn’t grow up on the Pokemon bandwagon with everyone else.  In fact, I didn’t have a Game Boy until the early 2000s but I sometimes managed to catch the cartoon on television.  I bought my first Pokemon game last year and have been casually collecting the main series games ever since while trying to figure out which titles are remakes and which are original releases (to me, it’s almost as confusing to me as the Final Fantasy game naming fiasco.)  I don’t have the nostalgia factor tied in with my enjoyment of the series, but as a new(ish) player, I adore many aspects of the main series’ titles.  Off the beaten path is Pokemon Snap, a game that’s so unique that it hardly appears to be a game at all to some.  Taking photos of Pokemon on a rail system might seem too contrived for many gamers, but there’s just something about getting that perfect shot of a Pokemon I barely know the name of that’ll garner the approval of that Professor that draws me in and keeps me there.

The long story short is that I did buy it the game.  I had a 10% off coupon, so I saved most of my taxes on the purchase *grumble grumble*.  Here’s a shot of the cartridge I purchased, and the weird vandalism that someone unleashed upon poor Pikachu:

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I am not at all artistically inclined, but I’m sure I can manage to muster up two black circles to replace his eyes.  Poor little guy.  I don’t know why anyone would do that to Pikachu of all characters!

Any time I leave a game behind and have regrets this badly, it’s something I need to deal with.  Am I ever happy I picked this one up!  I played through quite a bit of the game last night and it’s taking everything I have to not run upstairs, turn on the game and take a photo of my in-game photo of two Vulpixes smiling with their heads together while chasing an apple.  I figure I’ll spare you for now.  Maybe I’ll post it to Twitter the next time I’m over that way.

As a brief aside, I wanted to mention that I finally won an eBay auction for a game I’ve been wanting for a long while.  I can’t really remember the last time I wasn’t sniped in the final moments of an auction.  I won’t spoil what I’ve ordered, but I will say that I’ve managed to save some cash on a game that was far too expensive at the most recent swap.  It shipped well after most post offices close and might get stuck in the mail if Canada Post goes on strike, but please keep your fingers crossed for it to make it here in a timely fashion!

In the meantime, it’s time for me to sneak off to bed.  Thanks for reading, as always!

-GG

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14 Responses to Acknowledging Regrets: Pokemon Snap

  1. Matt says:

    Pokemon Snap is a great game. It baffles me Nintendo has not tackled the formula again in order to release Pokemon Snap 2 as a downloadable game.

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  2. Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed Pokemon Snap. It was like a challenge enough to keep me entertained when needed, but not extreme where if I step away and come back after a long period, I sit there going “What in the world was I doing?” (Which I do in the pokemon games ALL THE TIME.)
    Glad to see this. Kind of really want to play it.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I’m glad to hear that other people really like it too. As a grown woman playing this for the first time, I was starting to feel a little silly about it to be honest. There was so much conflicting information out there: people either adored the game or hated its guts. I’m glad I love it. It’s one of the cheaper games out there, so hopefully you’ll be able to find a way to play it again!

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  3. Mr. Panda says:

    I love Pokemon Snap! It’s a distinct game, and I didn’t realize you hadn’t played it before. Hope you enjoy your new purchase! I’d love to see some of your pictures. And congratulations on your recent win!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Thank you for the congratulations. There’s nothing more thrilling than winning an auction and getting a game for a better price than I’ve ever seen it before.
      And sit tight on those photos… I have a feeling that once I get through the game that I’ll just have to share. It’s welling up inside me!

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  4. Pokemon Snap was one of those games that I remember seeing a LOT at Blockbuster back in the day. I wasn’t a Pokemon fan (still not really), but the idea was intriguing nonetheless. I was too busy renting Rogue Squadron over and over however to actually play it though.

    It makes me happy to hear that you had a victory lately. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference 🙂

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      The little things mean the world to me. Winning an auction feels like such a real thrill (I’m not much of a thrill-seeker if that wasn’t obvious.) I’ve checked the shipping on my package about a million times today, and it hasn’t budged yet. Soon I will have my precious!
      A Star Wars fan eh? We have a few N64 Star Wars games that I might have to try out one of these days. My boyfriend is a bit of a Star Wars junkie so he’s got many of the games on PC with a few console games as well.

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  5. Pokémon Snap is such a cute game! I remember I bought it for $2 quite a few years back, though I can’t remember where I got it…

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Goodness! $2 is a steal! I wish I could find games that cheap these days. I usually end up spending a small fortune on games I really want to have and play, but it’s at least a hobby that gives me some kind of equity for the time being. Even if my collection were worthless, I’d still be happy to have it 🙂

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      • Yeah I got really lucky finding it for that cheap! I’ve never seen it that cheap since. Not everything I’ve wanted has been cheap, but it’s all worth it anyway! I agree with you- my collection could be worthless and I would still be so proud of it, because gaming makes me very happy!

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