New Pokémon Snap on Switch will be a lot smaller than Sword and Shield

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New Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch is coming April 30, but those expecting a massive Pokémon adventure may be disappointed.

The file size for the game has been revealed to be just 6.8GB, which is a fraction of the size of recent Pokémon games like Pokémon Sword and Shield, which takes up a more hefty 10.3GB of space on the Switch's built-in storage (or a Nintendo Switch microSD card).

It's one of the smaller Pokémon games in recent memory, then, though that does stack up with what we know of the game. As a remake of Pokémon Snap, the classic Nintendo 64 game that released in 1999, it will again be an on-rails camera shooter and won't, it seems, feature the kind of open world exploration of a mainline Pokémon RPG. 

It makes sense, then, that the game wouldn't need as many assets – especially since there'll be a limited Pokédex of just 200 pocket monsters, instead of hundreds more creatures you could hypothetically 'capture'.

This information comes direct from Nintendo's product page for the game – which also specifies that New Pokémon Snap will be a single-player experience.

There is, however, mention of online capabilities – for those with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription – which, if not referring to multiplayer, likely means there'll be collective online events, such as rare Pokémon that only appear for a select number of days within the game.

A big year for Nintendo

New Pokémon Snap joins the likes of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury as one of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch releases this year. We're also expecting to see Breath of the Wild 2 in 2021, but Nintendo has been awfully quiet about how the game has been progressing since its initial reveal.

Nintendo is also set to release a new Nintendo Switch Mario Red and Blue Edition console, which launches alongside Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on February 12, though there's still no word on the long-rumored Nintendo Switch 2

For those who have been waiting decades for a sequel to Pokémon Snap on Nintendo 64, the unique point and shoot gameplay that New Pokémon Snap looks set to provide is likely to be well-received. Maybe we'll get a Pokémon Snap VR game one day?

Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.