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Release Date: December 5th, 2014 Movie Release Year: 2014

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Overview -

Quite often it's the simplest of ideas that germinate into the most interesting games. Take for example 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' for the Wii U. Originating from a handful of short, but memorable, levels from the immensely popular 'Super Mario 3D World', 'Captain Toad' has earned his value among the ranks of the Nintendo elite, resulting in a stand-alone experience. But is charm and fond memories of a prior gaming experience enough to carry this diminutive character through to the end?

Highly Recommended
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Release Date:
December 5th, 2014

Video Review


Sticking to what they know best, 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' employs the cute, cuddly, and colorful visuals that has helped to make Nintendo a household name. Unlike other, more popular, AAA titles that rely on high-intensity action and an explosion around every corner, 'Treasure Tracker's' light-hearted visual approach to gameplay is another shining example of what the WiiU is capable of.

Rotating the screen, altering the structures of the landscape, and zooming in for a closer look at the environments, are all wonderfully displayed and a pleasure to breathe in. Adding to this is a high degree of level and location variety and it's clear the developers at Nintendo took great pride to ensure that Captain Toad's journey was fully realized.

Audio Review


Mimicking the gameplay and overall feel of 'Captain Toad' is the expected and oft-repeated musical score. While it undoubtedly fits the experience, Nintendo's catalogue of cutesy tunes have been burned into my brain, have entered my dreams, and subconsciously remind me at every moment of the day that I should drop everything and play more of their games. Exaggerations aside, the songs that Nintendo creates for so many of their Mario-esque games needs an overhaul. There, I said it. Although this may incur the wrath of the Nintendo faithful, it should also be noted that the musical selections for 'Captain Toad' never detracts from the enjoyment derived from playing the game.

Final Thoughts

'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' is truly a gem of a game to play. It is also one of the biggest Wii U surprises I've had since first buying the console. Who would have thought that developing a handful of mini-games for 'Super Mario 3D World' could turn into such a charming game? Although fairly short, the overall experience is one that I will not soon forget. 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' simply should not be missed.