Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
|Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker|
|Developer(s)||Nintendo EAD Tokyo|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, known in Japan as Susume! Kinopio-taichō (進め! キノピオ隊長?, lit. March Onwards! Captain Kinopio), 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. First announced at Nintendo's E3 2014 digital event, the game is scheduled at November 13, 2014 in Japan, December 5, 2014 in North America, January 2, 2015 in Spain and Portugal, January 9, 2015 in the rest of Europe, and January 10, 2015 in Australia.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker builds upon the Adventures of Captain Toad minigame within Super Mario 3D World, where the basic gameplay model had been first introduced. In the game, players control Captain Toad, or sometimes his companion Toadette, who must safely navigate through various obstacles in order to reach a gold star at the end of each level.
The player can manipulate the camera to view around the level, which can reveal hidden areas containing bonus gems. 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. Toad can 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. 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. The game makes use of Amiibo figurines.
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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