Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Switch / Nintendo 3DS)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle platforming game available for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS, both versions being released on July 13, 2018. They are both ports of the Wii U game of the same name. Rather than providing a side story corresponding to the events of Super Mario 3D World and featuring select levels from said game like the original, these ports share a side story with the events of Super Mario Odyssey, showcasing levels from that game. The ports retain many of the features of the Wii U version, while adding new content via updates, including a two-player mode and paid DLC expansion explaining the origins of the Super Crown.
The plot of both ports stays true to the storyline of the original game - Captain Toad must set out on an expedition to rescue Toadette from Wingo while collecting various Power Stars, hindered only by his inability to jump.
Like the Wii U version of the game, this game is compatible with amiibo. The Toad amiibo now grants the player invincibility for a level, similar to the effects when scanning a Mario amiibo in Super Mario Odyssey, rather than to play Hide & Seek, which is instead unlocked by completing a level. In addition, the Wedding Mario, Peach, or Bowser amiibo unlock the Super Mario Odyssey-themed courses early in the game. Any other amiibo can give Captain Toad 1-Up Mushrooms.
The Nintendo Switch version of the game can be played without the touch screen in Tabletop or TV mode and with the touch screen in Handheld mode.
Nintendo 3DS controls
Nintendo Switch controls
In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, two types of cooperative two player modes are available in every level. Both of these modes are only available in the Nintendo Switch's TV / Tabletop mode.
In Assist Mode, Player 1 assumes the normal role of Captain Toad or Toadette, except for the change that Player 2 now exclusively controls the pointer.
Player 2 also gains the ability to fire red turnips towards wherever the pointer is located. Red turnips can be used to obtain collectibles (except Super Gems and Power Stars), defeat enemies, or break small blocks. They cannot be used to activate switches, enter Clear Pipes, break Rock Blocks, or damage bosses. This mode also allows Player 2 to fire even during Mine Cart sections and to use the pointer when inside it, which is usually not possible.
This mode is only playable using two Joy-Con controllers. Joy-Con (L) is always assigned to Player 1, and Joy-Con (R) is assigned to Player 2. When switching the game to or from this mode, all controllers currently synced to the Nintendo Switch will turn off. Attempting to sync another controller will fail. Syncing a controller in the Home Menu and then going back into the game will turn the newly synced controller off. Wired controllers will also appear desynced. Attempting to use two of the same kind of Joy-Con will let the player(s) advance from the pairing screen, but will immediately be brought back.
Adventure for Two
Adventure for Two was added in the 1.1.0 update on February 13, 2019. This mode allows both players to control a Toad Brigade Member, with Player 1 controlling the assigned character for the level, and in all episodes but Special Episode, Player 2 controlling a purple palette swap of Captain Toad. In Special Episode, Player 2 controls Toadette.
Any control method is available to both players in this mode, as well as a sideways Joy-Con. Notably, the button to rotate the camera in this mode was changed for the sideways Joy-Con configuration, and a new button was added to activate the cursor. Additionally, both players can Bubble themselves to float above the other player's head, until they wish to pop out and continue playing.
When a player loses a life in this mode, they are sent into the Bubble. If a player is in a bubble or is in the process of losing a life as the other player does the same, the players must start the level over. If the players are too far apart from each other, one will automatically be warped to the other's location via bubble.
If either player is using a Spinwheel and the other approaches another Spinwheel, they cannot use it until the player actively using a Spinwheel steps off.
If either player enters a Clear Pipe cannon, or a Mine Cart, the other player will be warped there quickly. However, Doors, Pipes, Clear Pipes and others do not force the other player to warp.
Both players can collect Super Gems and Power Stars (or Power Moons / Shiny Crowns) in this mode. The player who reached the Power Star first is the one visible during the Course Clear animation.
List of changes
Enemies and obstacles
Most enemies and obstacles from the original game reappear, with the exception of Big Piranha Plants, Blurkers, Cat Goombas, and Stingbys, which only appeared in levels based on Super Mario 3D World. Cookatiel is added and makes an appearance in the level Cookatiel's Sizzling Sprint.
Items and objects
Most items and obstacles from the original game reappear, with the exception of Green Stars, Key Coins, and potted Piranha Plants. Propeller Platforms are absent in the Nintendo Switch version, and are replaced by Lifts due to the system's lack of a microphone. Power Moons appear in the levels based off of Super Mario Odyssey, and function the same as Power Stars.
75 of the 79 stages in the Wii U version remain intact. Super Bell Hill, Conkdor Canyon, Shadow-Play Alley, and Clear Pipe Cruise are removed and are replaced by four new stages based on kingdoms from Super Mario Odyssey.
Nintendo Labo VR
Through the version 1.3.0 update for the Nintendo Switch version released on July 30, 2019, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker became compatible with the Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con VR Goggles in a VR-exclusive mode. The mode features four existing levels that can be played in virtual reality:
The level selection screen is also a VR space where the player can look around in 360 degrees, featuring a mine cart ridden by Toadette on a looping track, several enemies, and the Toad Brigade on a platform below the level thumbnails.
Version 1.1.0 (Nintendo Switch)
The Nintendo Switch version of the game received an update on February 13, 2019, which added 2 Player co-op into the game. The update also added the Special Episode (if players pre-purchased the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Special Episode content from the Nintendo eShop), allowing players to play the first level as a pre-purchase bonus.
This update also included changes to existing elements. Players can now toggle their character's headlamp by tapping the playable character with the pointer. Players may also toggle their partner's headlamp when playing in Adventure for Two mode. The second player in Assist Mode can toggle the first player's headlamp in this way.
A "Restart" button was added to the pause screen on every level. Restarting a level returns the player to their starting point or latest checkpoint, resets the timer and coin counter to 0, but retains all Super Gems they collected. Restarting does not cost lives. If the player restarts a level after a checkpoint, the timer will not be displayed and saved as their best time.
Additionally, this update made it no longer possible to run over Spinwheels in Handheld Mode, instead automatically snapping the player to them without touch screen input, same as in TV / Tabletop Mode.
Version 1.2.0 (Nintendo Switch)
The Nintendo Switch version of the game received an update on March 14, 2019, adding the remaining seventeen levels to the Special Episode for players that purchased the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Special Episode content from the Nintendo eShop.
Additionally, to better distinguish the 2 players, Toadette's headlamp now has a distinctively warmer tone than that of Captain Toad's when playing in Adventure for Two mode in the Special Episode.
Version 1.3.0 (Nintendo Switch)
The Nintendo Switch version of the game received an update on July 29, 2019, adding a bonus mode for the Nintendo Labo VR Headset. It includes four levels from throughout the game remastered for this mode.
Nintendo eShop description
References to other games
Pre-release and unused content
All of the Captain Toad levels from Super Mario 3D World, as well as the levels in the Wii U version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker that are based on Super Mario 3D World, are in the Nintendo Switch version as hidden code. Additionally, there are several test levels, as well as new ones unique to the Nintendo Switch version, most are in a fully playable state. The Nintendo Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has nearly half of its levels inaccessible:
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