Nintendo’s Sleeper Hit: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Fun and Adorable are the first two words I would use to describe Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. From the moment the game begins and throughout the 70+ levels these two platonic treasure hunters (Toad and Toadette) are wicked excited about finding loot. Like when you unlocked Cloud in Final Fantasy Tactics excited! The character facial expressions even when scared was a solid reminder why I will always own a Nintendo system. The nostalgia and attachment that comes with this Mario Bros. type of Nintendo game never gets old. However, when picking this game up to review I was unsure as to whether this title would live up to the Super Mario Bros. name, but the game surpassed my expectations in every regard. Each level was enjoyable and unique and Nintendo made complete use of all of the Wii U mechanics when creating this game to add to the experience. This sleeper hit will most likely be overlooked by the plethora of big name titles this holiday season, but Wii U owners should be made aware that this game is good enough to sit on the shelf next to Mario and his crew.
There is no serious story to get involved in with Captain Toad Treasurer Tracker as these two heroes are really just trying to track down the evil bird Wingo who stole a glowing star before they could claim it. Toadette grabs onto Wingo’s claw as he fly’s away and it is up to Toad to track down his companion and of course their glowing treasure. This classic Nintendo “save the princess” plotline is only used to set up the adventure, as both Toad and Toadette are playable characters in this game and there are many levels that feature them individually. This gives fans of either of these characters the opportunity to be able to enjoy the game using their favorite mushroom hat wearing treasure hunter.
The game is modeled from last year’s Super Mario 3D World which included alternative levels without Mario. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker elaborates on this previous format and offers a puzzle-styled adventure that is quite challenging. The gameplay is very similar to a mouse in a maze trying to get to the cheese at the end. There is no jumping option in this platform and while this is very unusual for a Mario Bros. styled game it feels very normal after completing a few levels. Toad is also pretty unarmed throughout his adventure with only a short-lived pickaxe, and Super Mario Bros. 2 style vegetables that can be picked out of the ground and used as weapons. However, more often than not, Toad and Toadette use parts of the environment against the enemies and as well to reveal hidden areas. For those times where the puzzle has you stumped the option still remains to pause and examine the environment ala Super Mario 3D World. This option really helps with the pace of the game and keeps player’s frustrations to a minimum.
This game really shows off everything that the Wii U controller was designed for. The touchscreen is very relevant during the game, and the developers made use of the microphone, and the motion controls. There is even a few puzzles that require you to blow on the Wii U controller to make platforms float in mid-air. Some of these features sound unnecessary and situations that require you to blow on your controller is one of the major differences between Nintendo and other companies. Very few Sony or Microsoft fan boys are interested in blowing on their controller to be able to pass a certain part of the level. However, this type of innovation and bravery to break away from current trends is what has kept Nintendo in the competition this long and helped to retain their fan base.
We hope you enjoyed this Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Review. It has really turned out to be a pleasant surprise and is easily one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year. Nintendo has had a very solid end of the year and all of their exclusives should be considered must own titles for the Wii U. With an equally impressive lineup for 2015, Nintendo is in a good position to showcase the extent of their next-gen system’s capabilities and continue their current momentum. Between Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad, and Super Smash Bros melee I have been playing my Wii U more this holiday than anything else. Hats off to Nintendo for having a quality year and for releasing titles on time that all worked on Day One.
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