New Pokémon Snap: nine essential tips to start using it | Digital Trends Spanish
Photography and your favorite pocket monsters are back together with the release of New Pokémon Snap, the long-awaited successor to the Nintendo 64 version. Players can recapture images of their Pokémon in the wild in a peaceful, battle-free environment.
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However, there is more to getting that perfect shot than just pointing a camera. These are the tips and tricks you need to know to get started in New Pokémon Snap and take advantage of the time.
Understand the research points
To progress in New Pokémon Snap, you will need to accumulate points, which will help you advance in your Research level. Increasing this changes the behavior of the Pokémon in an area, often increasing their numbers or making them less shy, which creates better photo opportunities, of course.
It’s also how you unlock additional levels and progress within the game, and it’s important if you want to find all of the Legendary Pokémon. After each expedition, the photographs you take will be rated and scored. The total is then added to your Research Level for that area, similar to experience points in other games, eventually leading to increases in your level.
Stars and scores
There are two types of rankings in New Pokémon Snap. The score is based on the overall quality of the photo; centering your subject, filling the frame, pose, and other similar factors all contribute to the score, which directly feeds your level of inquiry.
The star rating is determined by the quality of the moment you capture and ranges from one to four stars. A normal image is a star. An action, such as eating, is generally good for two stars, while a more exclusive behavior can be three or four stars.
Your goal is twofold: collect images in the four possible star ratings for each Pokémon and try to make sure that all those images have the highest possible score.
Plan multiple visits
Every time you visit a new level for the first time, all Pokémon will contribute to your research score, even if you took a photo of them in the other levels. The camera can take 72 pictures, so be aggressive and take them.
Scan frequently and try to take note of where the Pokémon hang out. This will help you know where to look in future captures to increase your score. You won’t get a perfect snapshot of every Pokémon in a race, focus on taking at least one pair each time.
On repeat visits, you should focus on filling in all the star ratings for each Pokémon. To find different Pokémon, it is worth seeing what happens behind your vehicle. Listen carefully as you go, as Pokémon will often call from hidden areas or when they perform interesting actions that could get a higher star rating.
Shoot for the highest score
Taking high-scoring photos is relatively easy if you know what to look for. Size can contribute up to 2,000 points to your total and is largely determined by your time and framing.
Concentrate on filling the frame with the Pokémon without zooming in so close that parts of the image are cut out. Centering the subject in the frame with the cursor affects the location score, which can add up to another 1,000 points.
Other categories are more difficult to control and can seem a bit more random. The pose is determined by the action of the Pokémon. The Other Pokémon category is a combination of the number of Pokémon photographed and how well they are framed.
The background is based on the setting and what is happening behind the Pokémon you are capturing. If you focus on the things that are under your control, size and framing, and don’t think too much about the other elements, you will reliably score high for your images.
After each expedition, you are given a folder for each Pokémon. Then, you will choose which photo you want to send to qualify. It can be tempting to always select the images with the highest star rating, but that’s not necessarily the best idea. Replacing an image of three stars with another will not score as many points as adding a new image of a star, for example.
When Professor Mirror rates the star rated images you already have, they will take note of which image is worth more. If the new image is worth more, then the difference is added to your research total.
You have the option to choose which image to keep, but you won’t lose any points if you replace an image with a higher score with one with a lower score, so feel free to stick with the one you like best.
Advance through the story to unlock items
There are various items that are given to you throughout the game that affect Pokémon’s behavior and help you unlock some of the three- and four-star behaviors. These are delivered to you as you progress through the story. It may be tempting to try to improve your Research Level in the first few areas before moving on, but it is much better to focus on advancing until you have these additional tools.
The items you unlock have unlimited uses, so feel free to spam your scanner, launch fruit downloads, and more. The exact way they affect Pokémon varies, so experiment and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to throw the fruit at Pokémon, the fruits are soft and won’t hurt anyone.
In New Pokémon Snap, controlling your aim, taking shots and deploying the occasional object to attract Pokémon are key elements to get that perfect shot. The default controls are simple, but with a few changes, they can be optimized for much better performance.
First, consider switching to a control scheme that moves the shutter button from A to ZR. If you do, you can keep your right thumb on the joystick, which controls your aim, while you continue taking photos. This makes it much easier to take photos of moving subjects.
Next, consider increasing your camera and pointer speed. By default, these are set to a low setting, making it difficult to switch from one Pokémon to another for images. Increasing both values, even a few points, will allow you to quickly move from one point to another to capture the best images.
Find new paths
Many levels have paths that branch off, giving you access to different angles and new Pokémon to photograph. Some of these are accessed through the scanner. First, tap the scan button to discover a point of interest.
The arrows at the bottom of the screen will tell you where to point. Once you have the POI centered in your camera, press and hold the scan button and your vehicle will automatically follow the new route.
In some cases, you will need to interact with Pokémon to find a different path. Some Pokémon require music to be played, while others require you to distract them with fruit or light them up with Illumina Orbs. In many cases, it all comes down to trial and error, so don’t be afraid to redo the same expedition multiple times to find all the hidden paths.
Complete LenTalk Requests
LenTalk requests are bonus targets provided by the other characters in New Pokémon Snap. Some of these requests come with stickers or other small rewards, but the real value is in the star ratings. Many of these requests result in three- and four-star images, which can be difficult to come by.
To see what applications are available, press “Y” on the home screen while at the research station and select All requests. As you unlock more Research Tiers, the number of requests will increase, so be sure to check back often.