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Video GameCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the gold star at the end.

Each level is like a self-contained puzzle to solve. Using the camera, you look around the structures and find hidden areas that may contain coins or the gold star. Toad can pull up plants from the ground, find coins or turnips to throw at enemies, use his pickaxe to clear out certain obstacles and enemies. The levels for 3DS and switch are identical.

On the Wii U the gamepad touch screen moves platforms. On both Wii U and 3DS you can blow into the microphone to activate platforms. All version use motion controls to aim shoot turnips while riding mine carts.

For younger players there's a simple Find Pixel Toad mode where you explore each level to find a small pixel sticker of toad. You track your progress with this, as well as how many gems you have found on a book that records your results for each level.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. In co-op mode one player controls Toad or Toadette and the other player can shoot turnips to assist them. The game is single player on 3DS.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3+.

In the US, ESRB state: Players guide mushroom characters around whimsical terrains while collecting coins and stars. Players avoid various hazards and occasionally jump on the heads of enemies; players also defeat enemies by throwing turnips at them. A handful of levels allow players to control a cannon from a first-person perspective (e.g., shooting turnips at “cartoony” enemies and bricks).

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Super young players can play the hide and seek mode to find the Toad stickers. The two-player mode means that older children can enjoy working with parents to progress. You do need more skill, so there will be a drop off until they are old enough to get the timing and forward planning correct.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker usually costs £19.99 to £34.99.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Switch Store Wii U £19.99
Switch Store Switch £34.99
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. On the Switch you can purchase Special Episode content for 18 new courses. You can purchase Amibos figurines separately (Pixel Toad, Wedding characters and any other Nintendo characters) that grant players new characters and items in game as well as new levels.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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