The Adventures of Captain Toad

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The Adventures of Captain Toad[citation needed] are a series of courses introduced in Super Mario 3D World, starring the titular Captain Toad as he goes through puzzle-based areas to obtain Green Stars. In these courses, Captain Toad is the only playable character, and he cannot jump, roll, or use any other move that Mario and his friends can use other than running. His stages also do not feature power-ups, but he can return to his normal size by collecting a Super Mushroom if hit by an enemy. If Captain Toad is defeated, one life is lost. The courses are single player only and can only be played when using the Wii U GamePad. The courses are unlocked from the start, but Enemy Battles or general map environments can make them inaccessible. The courses are available on every odd-numbered world, including World Castle, World Star and World Crown, with the exception of World Flower. The course ends when all of the Green Stars in that course are collected. This concept was later used to develop Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.


Level Number Level Name Preview Description
World 1-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad Goes Forth SM3DWtower.png The Captain Toad course of World 1. This course is a grassy mountain with Biddybuds.
World 3-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad Makes a Splash SM3DW W3-Toad.png The Captain Toad course of World 3. It features water and a Rammerhead.
World 5-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad Plays Peek-a-Boo SM3DW W5-Toad.png The Captain Toad course of World 5. This stage contains Boos, Peepas and blocks that move by tapping them on the GamePad.
World CastleWorldCastleIcon (SM3DW).png-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad Gets Thwomped Get Thwomped.jpg The Captain Toad course of World Castle. The setting is a fortress surrounded by lava, and it contains some Thwomps, Bullet Bills, and conveyor belts.
World StarWorld Star-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad Takes a Spin Take a Spin.jpg The Captain Toad course of World Star. Here, Captain Toad can press P-Switches to spin the cube the level is set in. There are also Fizzlits.
World CrownCrownIcon.png-CaptainToadIcon.pngCaptain Toad Captain Toad's Fiery Finale Fiery Finale.jpg The Captain Toad course of World Crown, with rising lava as in Simmering Lava Lake (World CastleWorldCastleIcon (SM3DW).png-7) and a Fire Piranha Plant.


  • The concept for The Adventures of Captain Toad was originally pitched to Nintendo as a tech demo featuring Link from The Legend of Zelda traveling through a series of small stages. Although rejected, the concept was reworked into Super Mario 3D World.[1]


  1. Reeves, Ben (November 14, 2014). Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Was Almost A Zelda Game. Game Informer. Retrieved November 15, 2014.