How do I get my wife – who used to play video games a long time ago – to play video games this passed week? Let her watch the oldest boy and I play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Wii U! She watched us play while she fed our youngest, asked a few questions here and there. Before I knew it, we had failed at a level and she was asking for the control pad! Yes! My wife actually picked up a controller and played video games with us this week! Our oldest son had a ball watching his mother play.
My wife used to play a few games here and there when we first got married. She’d play Dead or Alive 5 or Mortal Kombat because she liked kicking my butt. But that’s pretty much all she would play outside of the usual table top games of cards or board games. This week, though, she’s been into Captain Toad, Super Mario Bros Wii U and the classic SNES version of Super Mario World. I left her to take a shower the other night and when I came out she had the Wii U control pad playing it on the small screen.
But back to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker!
Captain Toad features 79 stages, divided into various chapters and levels and bonus levels. In each stage you must manipulate the camera in order to find hidden areas in the zone that Captain Toad must walk through to collect the required items. Each level seems to have 3 diamonds to collect and a goal for the over all level. There are also golden mushrooms in certain levels that you must also find. As you complete each one 100%, you get a stamp on the upper right of the page to signify that it is complete. The levels are presented as pages in a book with all your stats displayed before entering.
The catch to Captain Toad is, just like in the Super Mario 3D World mini-stages, you can’t jump. Captain Toad must walk everywhere he goes while avoiding obstacles and enemies. It’s an extremely fun game, and while it may look simple at the start, the levels get progressively more difficult. Especially the level goals, such as avoiding all the Shy Guys on a particular level. Or collecting a specific number of coins in a run.
There are familiar tunes and hints at other Nintendo properties through out the game. Beautiful graphics, humorous characters and an actual story as well as Captain Toad starts out looking for his kidnapped partner, Toadette. The game also supports Amiibo’s, though that connectivity is coming later this year and what it will entail has yet to be announced. Personally, I’d like to see it offer character specific levels. For example, scanning a Link Amiibo will unlock a Hyrule level for you to play Captain Toad through.
The Wii U is back in the game, folks. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Smash Brothers, DK: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2 … this is the system, y’all. It may not be “hardcore” enough for the Xbox or PS4 fanboys, but Nintendo has finally … FINALLY hit its stride with this console, and I couldn’t be happier. If you have a Wii U collecting dust on your entertainment stand, brush it off and pick up a few of these games. Gather your family around and enjoy yourselves for the pure sake of enjoyment.