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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Unearths Adventure on December 5th

Captain Toad is in need of assistance! His never-ending quest for more treasure, aided by Toadette, is beset on all sides by haunted mines, fire-breathing dragons, way too many Shy Guys, and the like. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will launch exclusively on the Wii U this December 5th, and puzzle-game addicts of all sorts will have a new title of their own to treasure. 

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Captain Toad, the most fearful of all treasure hunters — but man does he dig those coins.

The Captain (I can call him that. We’re quite close after all), despite being afraid of any and everything, straps on his trusty head lamp, knapsack, and quite fashionable kerchief, and heads out for adventure this holiday season. Players will get to lead Captain Toad and Toadette through over 70 levels of tightly-contained puzzle action that can only be solved by making use of the Wii U Gamepad and viewing the world from multiple angles. Captain Toad and Toadette have one thing in common: they can’t jump. That might be a big problem for most, but not for this treasure hunting dynamic duo. 

The Captain Toad character, originally introduced in Super Mario 3D World in the Adventures of Captain Toad mini-game, is quite different from the daring overall wearing plumber gamers are used to. He isn’t one to charge headlong into the fray necessarily, would rather avoid enemies at all costs, and lets the player know when he’s worried or scared. The original intent from the developers over at Nintendo EAD Tokyo was to present a totally different protagonist — one who isn’t the typical strong hero, that requires more strategic thinking. Both Captain Toad and Toadette will hitch rides on mine carts, pull turnips, and generally do all they can to avoid direct conflict with any and all enemies in the game. Boss fights, in particular, are vastly different from most traditional Mushroom Kingdom experiences. Captain Toad won’t jump on any dragon’s head here; rather, through a series of accidents and nearly hyperventilating, he’ll somehow best his foes and get to that coveted Power Star at the end of the level.

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Daunting, no doubt, but the Captain and Toadette will find that Power Star. Pirahna Plants are bad for your health. Beware!

The player will make heavy use of the Wii U Gamepad for the duration of the game including tapping with the stylus, using the gyrometric sensors to control the camera, and more. This will enable Captain Toad and Toadette to find power-ups, corners to scoot around, alternate routes to avoid those enemies. 

Those who have saves from Super Mario 3D World present on their systems will also get a special bonus that unlocks Super Mario 3D World-style stages to play through. Completing the game once through will also unlock these stages for those who don’t have a save file present. Amiibo functionality will also be built-in to the game with more details to come on that in the future.

The lineup of games for the Wii U continues to strengthen and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is yet another great entry for the growing library. Those on the look out for treasure, great puzzle gameplay, and more can pick it up at their favorite local retailer or at the Nintendo eShop on December 5th for $39.99. More news and reviews can be found by following @APGNation on Twitter. Will you be picking up Captain Toad this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Jeff Pannell
Jeff Pannell
"Nation! I face you! This is Jeff, resident horror aficionado and lifelong video-game addict, reporting for duty. I'm currently 30 years old, living in Texas (born and raised) and gaming is, well, more than just a thing I do. It is a passion. I love to write about it, talk about it, think about it and well.. GAME. I was but a young lad when I was introduced to the wonders of the Atari 2600 and, eventually every single console imaginable. Obsessed with RPGs and fighting games and binging on any and all video games he can. I serve as Lead Editor and member of the APGNation Editorial Board. I look forward to bringing you news, reviews and interviews for many years to come.