Captain Toad: Treasure Hunter

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There are many Nintendo characters out there who, after a major to minor introduction in a Mario game, received their own spin off game. Some of this elite crew are Yoshi, Luigi, and Princess Peach. Of these classic characters the newest addition is Captain Toad. Captain Toad started out life as a series of mini games in Super Mario 3D world. The mini games were puzzles where the player manipulated the point of view using the Wii U game pad to navigate carious 3D worlds based on the current levels Mario is working on.


Captain Toad: Treasure Hunter builds upon this premise of puzzle solving through point of view manipulation and changing camera angles. The interesting bit about Captain Toad is he has no powers, no jumping at all, just running and walking. Of his unique talents, he can puck plants which reveal themselves to be gold coins or turnips which can be used to defeat enemies. Also Captain Toad can collect a pickaxe which can destroy enemies and blockades.


The story of Captain Toad’s inclusion in Mario World 3D was almost an omission. When constructing the levels for the game, the developers wanted a small twist and turn puzzle area where puzzles had to be solved instead of jumping around the screen. The first choice for the main character of this new puzzle game was Link, but he was quickly passed over in favor of a lesser known character from Mario Galaxy, Captain Toad. This led to the awesome game we are looking at today.

Captain Toad is great fun for kids and adults. Kids will like the simple controls and easy mechanics of the game, while adults will appreciate the puzzles and the amount of depth needed to collect all the treasures. My 7 year old took right to the game at first, but as the difficulty ramped up, his interest in collecting all the items went down. However,  Daddy’s went up as the challenges grew. No longer was it a race to the finish, but also a puzzle game players dream.

Captain Toad is available now for the Wii U and is available everywhere video games are sold, as well as from the Wii U eShop.  Captain Toad retails for $39.99.


  1. What a cute game! My family is full of gamers, young and old, so I’ll have to check this one out. Mario and all his friends remind me of my childhood so I tend to favor those games = )

  2. Ellen Christian says

    That is just the cutest thing! I love relaxing at the end of a stressful day by playing video games. I may need to try this one!

  3. I just finally got a new cord for WII. I bet my daughters would love to play this.

  4. cool game im goingto have to try this one

  5. Sounds like a fun game that my 8 year old would enjoy playing. Thanks for the great review.

  6. I wasn’t familiar with Captain Toad, but he sounds like a lot of fun. I’m sure my kids would adore playing.

  7. Libby's Library says

    I am totally at a loss when it comes to video games. I’ll have to share this with my grand kids, whom I sure, will know all about this!

  8. this sounds so cute

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