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E3 2014 | On A Treasure Hunt With “Captain Toad”

Posted on June 24, 2014 AT 07:00pm

Out of all the games revealed during Nintendo’s E3 Presentation the announcement of the character Toad having his own game came as a huge surprise. Probably not since the American Super Mario Bros. 2 have players been given a chance to control Princess Peach’s helper, as the character has been seen as more of a cowardly side character than anything else. Nintendo hopes to change that perception by placing him in a puzzle adventure game aptly named Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Based on the mini-game featured in Super Mario 3D World the game has you controlling Toad through small worlds as he attempts to collect coins and stars. As he cannot jump players will have to find ways to avoid enemies and hazards that may block Toad’s way to the level’s end. On occasion he’ll be able to sprint, as well as pull out roots that may contain turnips to hurl towards enemies. Using the Wii U GamePad gamers will also be able to move around platforms, manipulate camera angles, and aiming turnips when riding in a mining cart.

I was given the chance to test out two levels of Captain Toad. The first had me in a mine cart riding around as I attempted to shoot down objects and enemies as I traveled through. At first it took a bit to get used to the aiming, as it was a little off, but once I got into the groove of the game it became quite a fun experience. As odd as it sounds this specific level made me think of how a revamped Pokémon Snap would control on the Wii U. (Note to Nintendo: please get on that as soon as possible!) The second level I tried out was very much in the vein as the 3D World mini-game, where I moved Toad around to avoid enemies, grab coins, and timed my motions properly when it came to changing platforms.

For a puzzle adventure game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has a good amount going for it. While it may not be the must-play game Nintendo has to offer the ways this title will challenge you will make you want to jump back into the game when you are in need of a fine brain teaser. Although there’s still little info known on their functionality the game will support the recently-announced Amiibo figures. (My guess is the character you choose will be summoned in the game to offer assistance to Toad.)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is due for the Wii U sometime later this year.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at

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