Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Released: November 2014, updated in 2018. Added to this library 2 weeks ago, last updated 12 days ago.


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.


This game is good if you want to hide and seek or nourish youthful ambition.


Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 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.


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.


Rated PEGI 3+.

ESRB EVERYONE with Mild Cartoon Violence. 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).


System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more.

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