In the Mario Franchise, long-time recurring character, Toad, has always been overshadowed by the red plumber’s adventures. In 2014, we got to see what the little mushroom man has been up to when Mario and Princess Peach are out on adventures in the missed Wii U classic: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. Today, July 11, players can re-live the adventure with more on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS.
According to Shigeru Miyamoto, he wanted to create more games following the little mushroom’s adventure following the success of the Super Mario 3D World Captain Toad mini-games it featured. However, with the poor performance of the Wii-U there was not much room for fan response, despite its efforts.
The game is based on the popular Mario side characters Toad and Toadette in a co-op adventure in a series of puzzles in a 3D world. Similar to previous open-world Mario games, Captain Toad seeks out a star and, of course, treasure. The game takes a different approach to the world using a more colorful and cheery diorama-like world.
As of today, the game was given a second chance at making an impact and adds to the growth of popularity of the Switch. With a second chance at impressing an audience, the game also includes many differences compared to the original version for a better experience with a better system. Changes include:
- Removal of the blow mechanic – With the Switch lacking a microphone, these previously troublesome blocks now do not exist in the game.
- New Levels – The game includes the original puzzles from the Wii-U version, alongside some new levels based off of Mario Odyssey replacing the more challenging levels of the original.
- A more accurate system – With the unique system of the Switch going from handheld to the big screen, the joy-cons have a better accurate response. Alongside that, there is also a better touch-screen mechanic unlike the awkward one of the Wii-U.
The game’s re-release gives players a chance to have the Captain Toad experience with a better system, especially for those who missed out on the Wii U.