Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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This article is about the game for the Wii U. For information about the level from Super Mario Maker of the same name, see Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (level).
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker US box final.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
1-UP Studio
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date Original release
Japan November 13, 2014
USA December 5, 2014[1]
Europe January 2, 2015[2]
Australia January 3, 2015[3]
Italy January 9, 2015[4]
amiibo bundle
Japan March 26, 2015[5]
Genre Puzzle, Platform
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
Mode(s) Single player
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle platform game for the Wii U, and the prequel to Super Mario 3D World. The game is based on The Adventures of Captain Toad stages from Super Mario 3D World but features extensive depth and variety. This is the second game to have a Toad as the main protagonist, with the first game being Wario's Woods, released twenty years prior.


Wingo lifting Toadette and the Power Star.

Captain Toad and Toadette are out treasure hunting, climbing a structure to get a Power Star. They soon after notice feathers falling from the sky when Wingo, a large bird who's described as "a lover of all things shiny", grabs the star. Toadette attempts to retrieve it while Captain Toad is temporarily knocked over. Wingo makes off with both the star and Toadette, leaving the Captain on his own. Captain Toad must then go through stages collecting Power Stars to reach Wingo and save Toadette.

Once Captain Toad reaches Wingo's fortress, they fight, and after Wingo is defeated, Toadette is rescued and they continue treasure hunting. However, Wingo returns to steal their treasure again and ends up capturing Captain Toad, allowing Toadette to journey on a solo adventure. After another long journey, Toadette saves him, although immediately afterward Wingo reappears, captures Toadette again and blows Captain Toad away.

The Captain awakes in a dark cave, where he finds another Power Star snatched away by Wingo. Toad pursues to a large mine. Meanwhile, Toadette escapes Wingo and goes off to reunite with Captain Toad, though is captured again soon after. Wingo then takes her to the same tower, while Captain Toad arrives. After a final fight, Wingo is truly defeated, and the two Toads ride off in a minecart as the credits play.

After the credits, Captain Toad notices a Green Star falling through the sky, and chases after it, leaving Toadette in the minecart. The opening scene of Super Mario 3D World plays, though after Mario and the others enter the Clear Pipe to chase Bowser, the Green Star falls in as well, with Captain Toad climbing into the Clear Pipe to chase after it.


Captain Toad controls similarly to The Adventures of Captain Toad, and is unable to jump. Instead, he can pull on Pluck Patches, patches of grass which can contain items such as coins, power-ups, or turnips, which can be thrown at enemies in a Super Mario Bros. 2 fashion. The camera can be rotated in any direction to view the stage at different angles.

The main goal of the game is to reach the one Power Star in each stage; the player must do so by navigating each stage and solving puzzles to reach them. Unlike The Adventures of Captain Toad, the levels have no time limit. Instead, the game keeps track of the highest number of coins earned in each level and the time taken to complete each level. Each stage also has 3 Super Gems (similar to the Green Stars of Super Mario 3D World) to collect, as well as a bonus objective that appears after beating the stage, in which the player must clear the stage while performing a certain task (collecting a certain mushroom, taking no damage, defeating certain enemies, etc.).


A Pixel Toad.

The game received amiibo functionality in an update released in March 2015[6]. Scanning the Toad amiibo takes the player into a game of Hide and Seek on the current stage, in which the player must find a hidden 8-bit Toad (called "Pixel Toad") by tapping it on the Wii U GamePad.[7] The player can only play the hide and seek game on a given stage after clearing it.

Tapping any other amiibo gives the player 1-Up Mushrooms[7], though they can only give the player so many before they can no longer be used, and the player must wait to use them again.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker can only be played using the Wii U GamePad.

  • Move - Classic Controller Left Control Stick
  • Run/pluck/throw - A Button / B Button / Y Button / ZR Button
  • Spin - Classic Controller Left Control Stick (rotate)
  • Zoom in/out - X Button
  • Turn on/off headlamp - Y Button
  • Camera:
    • Tilt - Classic Controller Right Control Stick / +Control Pad / GamePad (tilt)
    • Move 45 degrees - L Button / R Button
    • Center - Classic Controller Right Control Stick (press)
    • Move behind player - ZL Button
  • Use amiibo - NFC sensor (only on menu)



Captain Toad Toadette
Img-adventures-captain-toad.png Toadette CaptainToadTreasureTracker.png

Draggadon and Gold Draggadon are also playable in several cut-scenes, but due to the player having limited control, they are not directly considered playable characters.



Enemies and obstacles


Flaptor, one of the new enemies in this game.



Draggadon, one of the bosses.

Items and objects


Super Mushroom Double Cherry Super Pickax Invincibility Mushroom
Super Mushroom Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png Double Cherry Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png Pickaxe CTTT.png Mysterious Mushroom Captain Toad.png
Turns the player into their Super form, else gives the user 10 coins Creates a clone of the player that copies their movements. Temporarily allows the player to defeat any enemy and break Brick Blocks. Makes the player invincible for the entirety of a level.



Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker features 79 stages (referred to as "mini-universes"[8]). The game is divided into various "episodes," with their own plots, as well as containing a number of different stages played as each character. Each stage also features a challenge that can be completed for an extra bonus.

Episode 1
CTTT Ep1 1.png CTTT Ep1 2.png CTTT Ep1 3.png CTTT Ep1 4.png CTTT Ep1 5.png
The Secret Is in the Stars The Chase to Pyropuff Peak The Hunt for the Great Bird's Lair Onward, Captain Toad! Operation Rescue Toadette
1. Plucky Pass Beginnings 5. Double Cherry Palace 11. Piranha Creeper Cove 14. Pop-Up Prairie Town 18. Wingo's Watchtower
2. Walleye Tumble Temple 6. Shy Guy Heights 12. Briny Bowl Swimming Hole 15. Drop-Road Dash
3. Touchstone Trouble 7. Spinwheel Library 13. Turnip Cannon Jungle 16. Bizarre Doors of Boo Mansion
4. Mushroom Mesa 8. Mine Cart Tunnel Throwdown 17. Blizzard on the Star Express
9. Spinwheel Bullet Bill Base
10. The King of Pyropuff Peak
Episode 2
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The Captain Gets Toadnapped Onward, Toadette! Farewell, Pyropuff Peak On the Trail of the Great Bird Operation Rescue Captain Toad
1. Chute Scoot Slopes 5. Floaty Fun Water Park 10. Spinwheel Cog Ruins 14. Midnight in the Wandering Woods 18. Battle Tower Blitz
2. Stumper Sneakaround 6. Drift-Along Canyon 11. Windup Stairs 15. Double Cherry Spires
3. Mine Cart Sunset Rundown 7. Sliding Slab Shuffle 12. Up 'n' Down Terrace 16. Bullet Bill's Touchy Trials
4. Sinister Street Signs 8. Spooky Specters at Shadow Manor 13. Clear Pipe Puzzleplex 17. Spinwheel Sky Fort
9. Draggadon's Revenge
Episode 3
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The Search for Toadette The Search for Captain Toad Captain Toad's Trials Toadette's Tribulations Reunited at Last? The Ultimate Treasure
1. Rolling Inferno 5. Stumpy Springs Sanctuary 10. Multi-Vator Mayhem 14. Shy Guy Shadow Den 19. Retro Ramp-Up 24. Trick-Track Hall 28. Wingo's Whackdown
2. Seesaw Sizzle 6. Biddybud Snow Stroll 11. Flip Panel Footpath 15. Razzle-Dazzle Slider 20. Twisty-Turny Planet 25. Deep-Space Gyromajig
3. Beep Block Sky Plaza 7. Cagey Conkdor Caper 12. Rock Block Badlands 16. Poison Canal Cannon Run 21. Ghost Gallery Gambit 26. Magma Road Marathon
4. Pickax Cave Plummet 8. Up 'n' Down Desert 13. Secret of the Golden Realm 17. Fright Train Flight 22. Touchstone Turmoil 27. Scalding Scaffold Sinkhole
9. Mine Cart Ruins Rumble 18. No Sleep at Magikoopa Keep 23. Color Crate Carousel
Bonus Episode
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Expedition to the Sprixie Kingdom Toad Brigade, Move Out! Curse of the Mummy-Me! Memories of Our Adventures Keep On Tracking, Captain Toad! Unlimited Coins Galore
1. Super Bell Hill 5. Toad Brigade to Mushroom Mesa! 9. Mummy-Me on Flip Panel Footpath 12. Episode 1 Prologue 15. Mummy-Me Maze Forever 16. Coins Galore
2. Conkdor Canyon 6. Toad Brigade to Trick-Track Hall! 10. Mummy-Me on Drop-Road Dash 13. Episode 2 Prologue 17. More Coins Galore
3. Shadow-Play Alley 7. Toad Brigade to Bullet Bill Base! 11. Mummy-Me at Pyropuff Peak 14. Episode 3 Prologue 18. Even More Coins Galore
4. Clear Pipe Cruise 8. Toad Brigade to Magikoopa Keep!


The idea of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker came to director Shinya Hiratake as a dream.[9] It originally featured Link as the hero instead of Mario, as Mario not being able to jump would not make sense. Link would explore in a diorama-style in a tech demo presented to Shigeru Miyamoto. The idea was shot down, though Miyamoto realized a potential with the idea. It was included in Super Mario 3D World, where Hiratake chose Captain Toad from Super Mario Galaxy because the heavy backpack would have prevented him from jumping. After Super Mario 3D World came out, Miyamoto encouraged production of a full game around the concept.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker received an update on March 19, 2015, updating the game to version 1.1. The update adds amiibo support to the game. An amiibo prompt has been added to the menu screen by pressing Plus Button, allowing players to scan the Toad amiibo to play Hide and Seek with Pixel Toad, while any other amiibo give the player 1-Up Mushrooms.[6]

References to other games

  • Donkey Kong: The music that plays when using a Super Pickax is a remix of the theme that plays when Mario collects a Hammer in Donkey Kong; the way in which the pickaxe is swung is also a reference to the Hammer. Retro Ramp-Up is based upon this game.
  • Super Mario Bros.: A cover of this game's underground theme is used in Mine Cart Tunnel Throwdown.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Turnips and sprouts on the ground return, Shy Guys appear as basic enemies, and various buildings draw from the design of Wart's castle.
  • Super Mario World: Wingo has a feather on his hat that resembles the Cape Feather. During the fights against Wingo, Toadette will throw Toad a Super Mushroom, similar to Peach in the final Bowser battle.
  • Super Mario 64: When playing in a Coins Galore level, a remix of the slide theme of this game plays.
  • New Super Mario Bros.: This game's lava level music is partially covered in Drop-Road Dash's background music.
  • Super Mario Galaxy: Captain Toad and the Toad Brigade return from their debut in this game, along with their iconic sound track. Also, the Starshroom appears in the ending credits if the game is beaten twice. The Starshroom appears secretly in Episode 1's Gold Galore if the player rotates the camera. It is seen in the distance.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: A cover version of this game's beach level music appears. Flip Panels makes a reappearance as well.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: The Gold Mushroom returns as an item.
  • Super Mario 3D World: This game is based on The Adventures of Captain Toad, first featured in that game. Many mechanics from this game return, as well as cover versions of several tracks from this game. Super Bell Hill, Conkdor Canyon, Shadow-Play Alley, and Clear Pipe Cruise return as stages. Also, the intro from this game can be seen after the credits, revealing that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is, in fact, a prequel to Super Mario 3D World.[10]

References in later games

  • Super Mario Maker: A costume of both Captain Toad and Toadette (in her gear from Treasure Tracker) appear in an event level designed after this title. Music jingles and sound effects also return as further references.
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: Toadette often references her adventures in this game in her dialogue. Additionally, some of the battle cards that are unlocked by the Toad amiibo also use some of Captain Toad's artwork from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash: Draggadon reappears in this title. After using the Basin Thing in Redpepper Volcano, a bump comes out of its head, just like in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker after a rock falls on it. Also, when this happens, Mario can ride Draggadon as Captain Toad did in his game.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: When encountering Captain Toad in the Lost Kingdom, he mentions he was dropped by a giant bird, but a different bird than usual, referencing his kidnapping by Wingo.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.


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Main article: List of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker staff

Most of Super Mario 3D World's staff return, with Shinya Hiratake and Kenta Motokura leading game direction one again while Koichi Hayashida acts as producer for the first time. The main characters' voices are performed by Samantha Kelly, and general game production is done by Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Pre-release and unused content

Main article: List of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker pre-release and unused content

Several of the stages shown off during E3 2014 had different names than in the final game. The box art was also changed during development. Several enemies such as Flaptors seen in the final game do not appear in the E3 demo.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 進め!キノピオ隊長
Susume! Kinopio Taichō
Onward! Captain Toad

External links


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Nintendo Direct Presentation - 05.11.2014 YouTube. Uploaded by Nintendo on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Twitter post Nintendo of Australia. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
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  5. ^ Page showing off the Japanese Super Mario line "amiibo + game" bundles on the Japanese amiibo website]
  6. ^ a b How to Update Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Nintendo Support website. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the official North American amiibo webpage
  8. ^ Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Direct) Trailer
  9. ^ GoNintendo: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker originally starred Link, idea was initially shot down. Retrieved at December 12, 2014
  10. ^