Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
|Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker|
|Developer(s)||Nintendo EAD Tokyo|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an upcoming puzzle platform video game developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. The game is a spin-off of the Mario series which builds upon a minigame originally featured in 2013's Super Mario 3D World, and supports Amiibo figurines. The game was first announced at Nintendo's E3 2014 digital event and is scheduled for release in 2014 in Japan and North America and January 2015 in Europe and Oceania.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker builds upon the Adventures of Captain Toad minigame within Super Mario 3D World, where the character and basic gameplay model had been first introduced. In the game, players control Captain Toad, who must safely navigate through various obstacles in order to reach a gold star at the end of each level.
In a move reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. 2, he is able to pull up plants by the roots which reveal either coins or turnips that can be thrown at enemies. He can also collect a pickaxe that, similar to the hammer found in Donkey Kong, briefly allows him the ability to clear out enemies and obstacle blocks. Captain Toad can be hit twice before dying, and can collect mushrooms to restore his health. As in Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad is able to walk and run, but unable to jump.
The player can manipulate the camera to view around the level, which can reveal hidden areas containing bonus gems. The game makes use of the Wii U GamePad's features, as the player can touch the screen to manipulate platforms, as well as use gyroscopic controls to aim turnips whilst riding mine carts.
Calling it "the best Nintendo spin-off in years", Eurogamer describes the game as the lead character's "proper introduction" and "the fully-realised experience that his earlier debut [in Super Mario 3D World] deserved". Polygon declares that the game "will make you fall in love with the mine cart level", comparing some levels to a "Super Mario desert environment", and others to a "Luigi's Mansion-style ghost house".
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- McWhertor, Michael (June 16, 2014). "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will make you fall in love with the mine cart level". Polygon. Retrieved July 22, 2014.