Retro Gaming 10’s- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014)

As many people know the mid 10’s prior to the year ’17 the was not necessarily a great period for Nintendo in terms of commercial success in relation to game systems with the exception of the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo’s eighth generation game system the Wii-U was considered to be a huge flop sold less than 14 million units worldwide during its entire lifespan. There were some pretty underrated games that appeared on the Wii-U during the mid 10’s including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker which was primarily an action puzzle game. As far as presentation is concerned Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker looked somewhat similar to the Super Mario 3D World title from ’13; except this game is centered around Toad as the main protagonist collecting Power Stars. The main villain of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a malevolent bird named Wingo who kidnaps Toad’s sister Toadette and the game itself includes roughly around 80 different levels that were divided into three chapters. Along with its isometric perspective and series of mini-games the inclusion of co-op gameplay was one of the few things that really stood out in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Toad’s game from ’14 was probably one of the most popular Wii-U games from that year alongside Bayonetta 2 and was also a commercial success reaching at least 1.7 million copies in sales.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a game that had a pretty good pace in terms of difficultly since it slowly became more challenging as players got closer to the final stages. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a lot more childish than Super Mario 3D World from ’13 with the main character not having any brand new special abilities that would made him stand out more so than he did in older Mario games. However, if Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was released for the Wii console a few years earlier than ’14 it could have possibly have sold more since Nintendo’s seventh generation console was a massive success. But at the same time there were so many high profile Wii games that came out between ’06-’12 to a point were Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker would have been easily overshadowed by titles such as: Super Mario Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess and many others. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a good enough puzzle-adventure game from the Wii-U era to have received a direct sequel but unfortunately it never got one. Hopefully, a Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 2 is something Nintendo takes into consideration in the future either for the Switch or their next generation console.

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