“New Pokémon Snap” Review: Move Over, "Animal Crossing" — This Is the Latest Low-Stakes Gaming Escape

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Rating: 7.5/10

In a strange twist of fate, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic set the perfect stage for Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons to take the world by storm in 2020. In fact, if you didn’t have a Nintendo Switch before March 20, you likely struggled to find one, largely due to Animal Crossing’s meteoric success.

The calming escape gave gamers the opportunity to hang with their friends virtually; create a sense of routine; and, generally, live a digestible, simple life. Although the calming escape wasn’t the only video game of 2020 to transport us, it was certainly among the most popular.

April 30th, 2021 marked the release of New Pokémon Snap, the long-awaited sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic. This charming spin-off provided us with that uncomplicated, wholly transportive experience we need amidst the pandemic. Its release coincided with Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. In honor of National Video Games Day, we'd like to pay homage to New Pokemon Snap.