There’s a lot of talk about Super Smash Bros. being announced for Nintendo Switch in that last Direct, but I’m just overjoyed that Captain Toad is getting another chance in the spotlight with Switch and 3DS versions of Treasure Tracker.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a hidden gem amongst an already-underappreciated Wii U software line-up; it took the wonderful box puzzle levels of Super Mario 3D World that starred the tenacious explorer and expanded them into a full game, using both the skills and limitations of Captain Toad to create ingenious puzzles.
The player rotates the camera around these levels in order to find new perspectives and unevil secrets; they’re based on Japanese box gardens that go by the name Hakoniwa. Captain Toad can’t jump; do you understand how hard that makes it for him in the Mushroom Kingdom? He is the great unsung hero of gaming, and that’s made more apparent by this wonderful adventure.
So, when that Captain Toad art came up in the latest Nintendo Direct (video above, via GameXplain), it meant another chance to experience the charm and clever gameplay of Treasure Tracker. Here’s the details: the game is coming to Switch and 3DS on July 13th, with some extra levels that weren’t in the base Wii U game. To be specific, they’re based off of Super Mario Odyssey (where Captain Toad popped up a few times), with a level in New Dong City being showcased in the Direct.
On Switch, two-player is supported through split Joy-cons. One player controls Captain Toad, while one can help out (for example, by shooting turnips at enemies). The 3DS version will have 3D support and also touch functionality for certain parts of the game.
All I ask is to give the guy a chance if you haven’t already. This is a delight of a game, and one I would love to become a series in the future – on Switch and 3DS, there is a much larger audience that can be introduced to Treasure Tracker. Also, get Captain Toad in Smash, Nintendo – certainly before that hack Crash Bandicoot *shudder*…