Ver. 2.0.0 Free Content Update Details | Update History and Patch Notes | New Pokemon Snap (Switch)

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This page is about New Pokemon Snap version 2.0.0, the Free Content Update available to New Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to find out more about the update, new Quality of Life changes, and what new content to expect.

Latest Update and Patch Notes

New Pokemon Snap ver. 2.0.0 Update Highlights
pokeball icon.png 3 New Maps Added for a Total of 6 New Courses
pokeball icon.png 20 New Pokemon Added
pokeball icon.png Streamlined Lentalk Requests
pokeball icon.png Ability To Skip Evaluations When Exiting a Course

Update to version 2.0.0 Available Since August 3

On July 29th, 2021, Nintendo of America announced that New Pokemon Snap will receive an update on August 3, 2021. This new update includes three new explorable areas, as well as up to 20 new Pokemon.

Free Content Update Gameplay Trailer

Following this pleasant surprise announcement, the Official Pokemon YouTube Channel posted this trailer which showcased these three new areas coming to New Pokemon Snap.

List of All Trailers

New Area 1 - Secret Side Path (Day/Night)

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The NEO-ONE shrinks when you explore this secret side path in the nature park on Florio Island, so the Pokémon you see will look gigantic. You can even hear their breathing and footsteps in this thrilling area, and you might spot other kinds of behavior from Pokémon you’ve seen before!
Source: New Pokemon Snap Official Site

How to Shrink and Unlock the Secret Side Path

Research Level Lv. 2

As part of the free content update, a new alternate route can be found on Park (Day) after crossing the first bridge. Scan the tree on your left in the grassy area where the Grookey sleeps. A cutscene will play, showing the Neo-One shrinking down to enter the hole in the tree.

Discovering this alternate route unlocks the Side Path (Day) and Side Path (Night) course.

Secret Side Path Walkthrough
Side Path (Day) Side Path (Night)

New Area 2 - Mightywide River (Day/Night)

New Area 2 - Mightywide River (Day Night).jpg


Mightywide River is on Belusylva Island, where a large river flows through a rugged valley. This nurturing water source provides the entire island with sustenance. A variety of Pokémon gather near the river. You’ll be conducting research as you ride down the river, so be on the lookout for rapids as you search for Pokémon, and keep your camera ready so you don’t miss capturing them in action!
Source: New Pokemon Snap Official Site

How to Unlock Mightywide River

As part of the free content update, the Mightywide River is unlocked after completing the main story.

Mightywide River Walkthrough
River (Day) River (Night)

New Area 3 - Barren Badlands (Day/Night)

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In this area, you’ll research the badlands of Voluca Island, where dry winds from the desert blow.

This area has many peculiar features, from geysers to poisonous, gas-spewing swamps. Pokémon may be hiding underground or in the rocky cliffs, so keep your eyes peeled for them while you’re on your expedition.Source: New Pokemon Snap Official Site

How to Unlock the Barren Badlands

As part of the free content update, the Barren Badlands are unlocked after completing the main story.

Barren Badlands
Badlands (Day) Badlands (Night)

Twenty More Pokemon Making An Appearance

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In these new areas, you can find 20 more Pokémon that couldn’t be found in existing areas before. These include fan favorites such as Gyarados and Snorlax.

Here are all the Pokemon that will be coming to New Pokemon Snap in this update:

New Pokemon for ver. 2.0.0 - Secret Side Path
New Pokemon Snap ShroomishShroomish New Pokemon Snap FoongusFoongus New Pokemon Snap SnorlaxSnorlax -
New Pokemon for ver. 2.0.0 - Mightywide River
New Pokemon Snap TropiusTropius New Pokemon Snap FeraligatrFeraligatr New Pokemon Snap GyaradosGyarados New Pokemon Snap PsyduckPsyduck
New Pokemon Snap UrsaringUrsaring New Pokemon Snap CleffaCleffa New Pokemon Snap DrilburDrilbur -
New Pokemon for ver. 2.0.0 - Barren Badlands
New Pokemon Snap SwalotSwalot New Pokemon Snap KoffingKoffing New Pokemon Snap TepigTepig New Pokemon Snap DiglettDiglett
New Pokemon Snap CrustleCrustle New Pokemon Snap ScolipedeScolipede New Pokemon Snap GliscorGliscor New Pokemon Snap SalazzleSalazzle
New Pokemon Snap RockruffRockruff New Pokemon Snap ZeraoraZeraora - -

Complete List of Pokemon

New Filters, Stickers, and Frames

As part of the 2.0.0 update, new filters, stickers, and frames will also be available. These can be helpful to spice up your pictures when editing.

How to Edit Photos

New Profile Icons, and Research Titles

As part of the 2.0.0 update, there are also a handful of new profile icons and research titles added to the game.

List of Unlockables

Quality of Life Changes

Selecting Research Level on Retry

New Pokemon Snap - Quality of Life Update - Retrying a Level Lets You Choose the Research Level
From Version 2.0.0., players may now select the research level they want to retry a level from straight from the pause menu. This is a huge timesaver considering how much time it used to take to exit out of a level, just to select a different Research Level.

How to Raise your Research Level

Streamlined Requests

New Pokemon Snap - Streamlined Requests
Whenever you take a photo that fulfills a LenTalk Request, an icon will appear on their photo upon submission to the professor.

List of All LenTalk Requests

Skipping Evaluations

New Pokemon Snap - Skipping Evaluations
With this update, a new option will become available if you choose to quit in the middle of a course. You may now exit directly to the main menu without having to go through Professor Mirror's Evaluations.

How to Update New Pokemon Snap

Press the + Button on the Home Screen

New Pokemon Snap - Home Screen
With the New Pokemon Snap game selected on the Home Screen, press the + button on your Switch to view the game data.

Select Software Update

New Pokemon Snap - Software Update
Select Software Update from the left tab.

You can update your game Via the Internet or you can Match Version with Local Users.

How to Troubleshoot Update Issues

If you have trouble updating your game, you can refer to the following solutions.

Check Nintendo's Server Maintenance Status

Depending on Nintendo's server maintenance status, you may not be able to update your game. You can check their official website for more information.

Check Your Internet Connection

Check Your Internet Connection
If your update still would not push through, check if your Switch is connected to the internet.

You can check your internet status by going to the System Settings from the Home screen, and selecting Internet on the left tab.

If the problem persists, you can try restarting your Switch or your router.

How to Check if Update is Complete

Press the + Button on the Home Screen

New Pokemon Snap - Home Screen

With the New Pokemon Snap game selected on the Home screen, press the + button on your Switch to view the game data. Check if the update version number is the same with the current released version.

Select Software Information

New Pokemon Snap - Nintendo Eshop
Select Software Information from the left tab. You can go to the Nintendo eShop to see if your game is up-to-date.

Past Updates and Patch Notes

Update Version 1.2.0 Patch Notes

Version 1.2.0 May 26, 2021
  • Fixed an issue preventing you from taking a picture of Braviary that would satisfy the clear requirements for the "Proud Warrior" request.

How to Clear Proud Warrior Request Walkthrough

Ver. 1.1.0 (Day One Patch)

Version 1.1 April 29, 2021
  • Several issues have been addressed in order to create a more comfortable play experience.

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