Disparity: Fans are comparing the visuals between Pokémon Sword/Shield and New Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap graphics comparison Pokémon Sword and Shield water

Boy, yesterday’s announcement of New Pokémon Snap was so wonderful. It’s only been, oh, 21 years since the original game debuted on the Nintendo 64. After watching the trailer, fans noticed something shocking. The graphics in the title look amazing. So much so, they believe the visuals are way better than last year’s Pokémon Sword/Shield. This has lead to my favorite pastime: reading complaints on social media!

New Pokémon Snap isn’t an advanced mainline game in the series

Let’s take a look at some gamer opinions, courtesy of Twitter:


Those are words specifically chosen to wound. I’m sure Sword/Shield will recover, however.

I do not believe it is fair to compare these two projects. First of all, Bandai Namco is in charge of developing New Pokémon Snap, not Game Freak. Second, the photography game is smaller in scope and on-rails. The RPG title has more going on under its hood and I can understand some concessions being made to have it run smoothly on Switch.

Enthusiasts, what are your thoughts on this topic? Does it make sense to juxtapose New Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Sword/Shield, even though they are in two different genres? Let us know your opinions by leaving a comment below.


Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.