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.
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.
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.