CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER
Publisher/developer Nintendo Format Wii U Release Q4
The Adventures Of Captain Toad always felt more like a playable demo dotted around Super Mario 3D World’s map than a mere sideshow, so Captain
Toad: Treasure Tracker’s announcement was no shock. The meat of the game will take the same shape as before: spatial 3D puzzle arenas where perspective is everything, with right stick or gyrocontrolled pans of the camera revealing new paths. Each stage has three hidden treasures to discover, however, and one of the E3 demo’s three playable levels was an on-rails minecart ride in which you use the GamePad screen and gyroscope to fling turnips at enemies, POW blocks and treasures. In the third, Magma Mountain, Toad moves from cover to cover while under attack from a fire-spitting dragon. It’s gently paced, gently taxing stuff, but whether its tricks can carry a whole game remains to be seen.