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Trainer shares fascinating theory about Pokemon Snap 64

Published: 24/Aug/2020 17:11

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Snap released all the way back in 1999 and trainers are still discussing the origins of the game. Now, one trainer has shared a fascinating theory that the Nintendo 64 game is actually a prequel to Pokemon Red and Blue.

Those of you that have played the iconic game, will know there isn’t any catching of Pokemon. This seems contradictory to the Pokemon ethos, but it works in the case of Pokemon Snap.

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Given catching ‘mons is an integral part of Red, Blue, and other mainline games, this is what alerted amarty124 – the trainer who came up with the theory – that Snap was set before the first Gen 1 games.

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Pokemon Snap released in 1999, between Pokemon Red/Blue and Gold/Silver…

Making the Pokedex ready for Red and Blue?

amarty124 elaborates on this theory, saying: “In Snap, I believe you are employed by Prof. Oak in order to begin work on the Pokedex. You have to take pictures of all of the Pokemon and are rewarded for pictures where the Pokemon is in the center of the frame, as if they will be added to an encyclopedia or, in my opinion, the Pokedex.”

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In addition to this, there are no Pokeballs in Pokemon Snap. This adds credence to the theory that the game is set in a time before Pokeballs were invented. amarty124 goes on to highlight the fact that all three Legendary birds – Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – are hatched from eggs, whereas in Red and Blue they obviously already found roaming the Kanto region.

Finally, to top it all off, there is an interesting theory about Mew and Mewtwo. There is no Mewtwo in the N64 game but you can find Mew and take a picture of it.

As part of the tasks to track down Mew, you need to take a picture of some stars that form to make a Mewtwo constellation. This begs the question as to whether Mewtwo even existed at this point and whether this was a way of warning us about Mewtwo.

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A new Pokemon Snap

Pokemon Snap has always been on the minds of Pokemon fans. After all, it is a hugely popular game that never got a sequel.

That’s all about to change though, as a “New Pokemon Snap” game has been confirmed. Details about the new game remain fairly sparse, but could it follow on from the original game?

One thing we can be sure of is that it will be far more complex than the original game. This was through no fault of its own, however, as it was of course limited by the time’s technology.

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Given we haven’t heard anything more about the game since it was revealed, it’s looking like New Pokemon Snap will release in 2021. We can’t wait.

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How to get Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:42 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 2:44

by Paul Cot

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Shadow Mewtwo has come to Pokemon Go for the second time and this time all trainers can get hold of it.

Team Rocket have returned to Pokemon Go, again, and this time they brought some strange eggs with them. Unsurprisingly Professor Willow has asked for your help investigating them – he always does.

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You’ll notice his image flashing in the bottom right-hand corner of your Pokemon Go app. Click it and the new “An Inter-egg-sting Development” Special Research will open up.

Complete all these tasks and it will culminate in a Shadow Mewtwo encounter. This is far from easy Special Research though, and may take a while to complete.

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An Inter-egg-sting Development – All tasks and rewards

All tasks and rewards for the An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research are as follows:

Stage 1/6

  • Spin 5 PokeStops – 500 Stardust
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 500 Stardust
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon – Meowth encounter
  • Rewards: 500 Stardust, 10 Pokeballs, 10 Razz Berries

Stage 2/6

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  • Catch 5 Shadow Pokemon – 750 XP
  • Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row – 750 XP
  • Purify 5 Shadow Pokemon – 750 XP
  • Rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 10 Great Balls, Larvitar encounter

Stage 3/6

  • Defeat a Team GO Rocket 3 times – 1,000 XP
  • Hatch 3 Eggs – 1,000 XP
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your Buddy – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 3 Golden Razz Berries, Toxicroak encounter

Stage 4/6

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra – 1,250 XP
  • Rewards: 5 Hyper Potions, Super Rocket Radar, 3 Revives

Stage 5/6

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  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – 2,500 Stardust
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – 1,500 XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss – 3 Silver Pinap Berries (Rescue Shadow Mewtwo)
  • Rewards: 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM

Stage 6/6

  • Claim Reward – 2,000 XP (x3)
  • Rewards: 3 Revives, 20 Great Balls, 1 Elite Charged TM

To purify or keep as a Shadow Pokemon?

As Shadow Mewtwo is a standard Shadow encounter it won’t have IV floors of 10. You can increase each of its stats by +2 by purifying but this is a decision you should take with extreme caution.

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We discuss whether you should Shadow Mewtwo and why to help you make that decision – after all, there is no reversing it. In short, there won’t be many opportunities to capture Shadow Mewtwo, if anymore at all, so it may be your only chance at keeping it.

In addition to this Shadow Mewtwo is an incredible attacking Pokemon whereas it purified form while powerful, isn’t as noteworthy when it comes to the Pokemon Go meta.

There is also an Elite Charged TM to claim in the final stage of An Inter-egg-sting Development. These Elite TMs are super rare so use it wisely!

This particular Special Research is certainly time consuming but with Shadow Mewtwo awaiting at the end, and that Elite TM, it’s definitely worth completing.