This seems to be the best place to tell my story. I was like many of you. I am 22, and as a 90’s kid I grew up with a Nintendo 64. I loved that thing, and still do. One of my favorite games (other than Zelda, of course) was Pokémon Snap. I played this almost every day ever since it came out. I became almost obsessed with it, even going out and finding a copy of the demo game, because it was rare and you couldn’t just buy it from a store. My fixation on this game gained me some friends, but I was never too popular. After the GCN came out, however, I became a fan of Pokémon Colosseum, and left this game in the dust.
After my 21st birthday, cleaning up my destroyed house caused by me and liquored up friends, I found my old N64, with Pokémon Snap in the socket, and a clear controller. I laughed, and played for a little while, and somehow sucked at it. Maybe I wasn’t as badass as I thought I was. So I looked up online on how to better my scores, so I can go over the 151,000 point mark on all my paths.
While surfing the web, I found that there was an actual expansion for Pokémon Snap, on an early DLC applicator device, which was known as the 64DD. Watching the trailer video, I just knew I had to get this expansion. I further searched and found that it was impossible to obtain. The actual expansion was never released, due to so little people buying the 64DD. I figured, “there must be some way! There was a video of it! This means that some of them must’ve been made.”
After several days of searching, I found a Japanese site that sold ‘impossible to gain’ items, like SNES component cables, banned toys, and old gamesharks. I was learning Japanese in college, so I was able to make most of it out. There was one item that fit my search. “Shurui no hitotsu Pokémon Sunappu Kakuchō pakkumintokondishon”, or in English, “one of a kind Pokémon Snap expansion pack mint condition” the description stated, in English, too: buyers beware! I noticed that it had a 30 day return policy, so I think ‘screw it, might as well try’. I also noticed that it had no picture, which also made me think it was a fake. I click and find out its two grand. I about had a heart attack right there. I instantaneously call up my old Pokémon friends and tell them about this discovery. We decide that we will pool our cash together, and buy it. With eight of us, we were able to buy it no problem. I bought a 64DD set too, and it was to be sent to me within a few weeks.
Three weeks had passed, and it had finally arrived! I called my buddies up again and we all gathered around the TV, eager to see this expansion in action. The game booted up as normal, except it showed some Pokémon that were never included in the cut scene, and I think I even saw a Mewtwo! I thanked mister Wasanabi (the man who sold me the expansion) in my head, and continue playing. With all the “ooh” s and “ahh” s I heard from behind me I could barely notice the theme music had changed. It was a lower tone, and more ominous than what it originally was. It reminded me of a depressing piano song. The game alerted me that there was an expansion disk in and said would you like to continue from where you are or start anew? I figured that it would only take me a few hours to beat the original part, and chose to make a new save.
As usual, the professor greeted Slaya64 (as I used for all my game names) and asked him to complete the Pokémon report for him, and gave me the ZERO-ONE to troll around on. I progressed through the game as normal, except for a few weird parts. On the beach level, there was no Pikachu, and there was some red stuff on the lightning bolt of his board. I also noticed that in the volcano level, the evolving Charazard was no longer there, and the same red spots are where he was supposed to be. Also, the Porygons were no longer there (just the one you need to advance) and the Jigglypuffs never enter their stage, both areas having the same red mark. The weirdest thing was, the game forced you to take a picture of it, and it was automatically saved into my album. All my friends debated what the red stuff was, and eventually someone pitched the idea. It was blood. Nobody thought it could happen. It was a Pokémon game. From Nintendo! There was no way it was blood. Maybe it was a symbol left behind by people who stole the Pokémon, since all the spots seemed to be similar.
The game proceeded on as normal from there. No missing Pokémon, no red marks. All up until we went to the rainbow cloud path. I will never forget what I saw there. I noticed the cloud was dark grey, none of the “rainbowness” flowing through it. Waiting for Mew, I looked up at the stars to find the constellations of Pokémon. What I saw was five Pokémon, all gruesomely torn apart. Almost none of them had any of their appendages, and their bodies were cut open. It was Pikachu, Charmander, A Porygon, two Jigglypuffs, and what looked like a Slowbro… I guess I missed that one. The Mewtwo one was still there, but it had these evil grey eyes formed from the auras, and blood coming from its mouth. This made us all nauseous, and very confused. My first question was, WTF, Nintendo?! It never even crossed my mind if this was a fake expansion, since 64DDs are supposed to be extremely hard to create without the software Nintendo uses.
What happened next still haunts me. Mew shows up and actually talks to me, I’m assuming telepathically, and tells us something is after it. Its tail is missing, and blood is dripping slowly from that area, since it was not fully visible on the game. After that, the level ended, and we were in the professor’s room again. He congratulated us on seeing Mew, but then went into silence, like I had just told him what I saw. He then stated that there is a second island that I must go to, where Mew originated, and find the source of the problem. We stop at the submenu screen and looked at each other. We all did a collective What The F*beep*, and I asked “should we continue?” almost everyone said yes, confused by what we saw and wanted to see the ending. The only one who didn’t want to continue left my place said he was going to go see his girlfriend, and couldn’t stand to watch this anymore, even if it was 64 bit.
We went onto the first path, and it seemed to be a grassland. The music struck me as odd, for it seemed to be very sullen. At one point it seemed like a four year old was trying to play, making anti-rhythmic sounds and sharp notes that just made my skin crawl. I realized that this is the place that the Ekans is shown in the video. I sped up to the point where I remember seeing him, but he wasn’t there. Only some snakeskin near the place where it was and some blood. I realized that there were barely any Pokémon there, and there were bloodstains everywhere. There were even a few holes in the ground, emanating a dark aura…
The next 6 paths were all like this, one a wooded area, one a swamp, and so on, it was like the biomes missing from the original. The game was still forcing me to take pictures, at least of all the bloodstains and craters. I was becoming very sick to my stomach, only imagining what could have happened to these poor Pokémon. After the end of the seventh path, I warp back to the professor’s lab, and he looked at all the photos. He paused for a long time, and stated “I know what’s going on. Follow me.”
He opened a new path called Celestial Cave. We enter, and see all the Pokémon that have been missing from the game. It was the most gruesome thing I have ever seen. Some were hung up by hooks through their skulls and left to dry, and others were split open with what seemed to be organs missing. There was a Primeape propped up against a rock. Its fur was stained red, all its limbs were missing, and its eyes were removed. Looking into those empty sockets… it haunts all of us still. The game forced us to take a picture of it. Disgusted, but still curious, we kept playing.
A bit down the way, we saw a large stalagmite poking out of the ground to our right, with some object around the middle of it. We all then saw who it was. It was the professor, with the ZERO_ZERO (the professor’s version of the ZERO-ONE) crashed to the right of him. He moved, looked up and yelled “Slaya64… RUN!” The game then forced us to take a picture, and then the cart moved on. The rest of the path was clean. No dead Pokémon, nothing. Then I listened closer to the sound… it was the Cave music, with the fainting scream from each Pokémon, in random order. I heard the scream of professor Oak last. Then, I entered a big room, and out popped Mewtwo. His eyes were grey, and his mouth still stained with blood. The game made me take a picture, and his eyes turned bright red. Then Mewtwo threw his arms back, made some kind of black and purple aura come off of it, and sent it towards me. The game flashed red, and went to black, stating GAME OVER. We all looked at each other, not knowing what to say. After a long, awkward pause, all of them said they needed to get home, since it was 01:30.
I never slept that night.
This happened over a year ago, and we have all been suffering since. The first one to die was the friend who left. No one is aware what happened to him, but he never showed at his girlfriend’s house, and never returned home. Two of my friends committed suicide within the first month of playing, stating that they cannot live any longer with the haunt of Mewtwo. The last two… were killed just like the Pokémon in the game were, cut open, organs removed. It was believed they were eaten by a person with a precision cut. This happened six months after the fact, and two weeks ago. I have started seeing him in my dreams, hearing his cries when I’m alone. I don’t know who he will take next, but…
Credit To – Slaya64
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