Photo modes are so hot these days! But, well, not so much on Switch. Search “Best Photo Modes” and you’ll get a bevy of PlayStation and Xbox games, probably — like The Last of Us, God of War, or Death Stranding. And sure, those games are lovely and pretty and photorealistic… But you don’t need a fancy 4K game console to take good photos, and besides — Nintendo basically invented taking photos in games, didn’t they!
To prove that the Switch can hold its own when it comes to photography, we’ve put together the best games that either have brilliant photo modes, or are actually about photography, right here on Switch.
Get your trigger… er, shutter fingers ready, it’s time to snap!
Publisher: Something We Made / Developer: Something We Made
Release Date: 17th Sep 2021 (USA) / 17th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)
Don’t be fooled by its black-and-white looks — TOEM is a world full of colour. Just not literally. It’s a sweet little hand-drawn exploration game that flew under the radar, but deserves a second look for anyone that’s interested in a charming, quirky game about discovering secrets through the lens of your very own camera.
The photography in TOEM is simple: just point, and shoot. People will give you tasks, like taking a photo of a certain bug, or helping them find something that’s missing (by taking a photo of it), or solving puzzles — but it’s not the act of photographing that brings this game to life. It’s the bits in-between: The seeking, the finding, and the adventuring. TOEM’s world is full of tiny joys to discover, and the camera is just your way of documenting them.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 30th Apr 2021 (USA) / 30th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
New Pokémon Snap is the culmination of over 20 years of fans clamouring for a sequel to the cult-classic N64 game, Pokémon Snap, which combined rail shooter mechanics with a peaceful, safari-like expedition into a world of Pokémon.
This was revived, polished up, and largely left unchanged for New Pokémon Snap, with players tossing
apples Fluffruit at wild Pokémon to get the best shots for their photo albums. Additional surprises, like the Re-Snap feature for editing pics, the abilities to go underwater and shrink, and the Illumina phenomenon — which makes Pokémon glow — brought the Poképhotography game into the modern era. Being able to share our snaps on social media didn’t hurt, either!
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Publisher: Origame Digital / Developer: Origame Digital
Release Date: 5th Jun 2021 (USA) / 5th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)
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