It’s a truly wow-worthy moment, dampened somewhat by the fact that Wailord’s enormous size combined with the water effects going on as it breaches slows the Pokémon’s framerate for a few moments until he’s settled in on the surface. It’s less pronounced in the clip above, which is taken on Research Level 2 of the Reef — other appearances can appear a bit slower depending on how close you are to the Wailord when it breaches. To be clear, New Pokemon Snap largely runs just fine for the most part, and even in this particular moment everything around the Wailord still seems to be doing okay. But you can see the Wailord struggle to emerge in the moment and snap into place in a spot too, just due to the sheer size of its animation.
Honestly? The fact that Wailord is so big it momentarily struggles to get out of the water is kinda cool. Yeah, in an ideal world every game would run perfectly, but there’s something weirdly harmonious about a Pokémon so large it momentarily breaks itself just a little bit.
New Pokémon Snap is full of amazing moments like these, which helped net it a positive review from us. Its treatment of legendary Pokémon is similarly impressive and surprising, but if you’re struggling to find any of them, we’ve got a pile of guides on the game ready to help you out.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.