Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review Roundup

Is Captain Toad's trip to the Nintendo Switch still a gem?

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was an underappreciated little gem in its day. The charming puzzle-platformer spun off of the individual "Adventures of Captain Toad" challenge stages in Super Mario 3D World. Toad may lack a lot of Mario's dexterity, but the challenges of his more limited move-set made for an inventive experience of its own.

Nearly four years later, Captain Toad has dusted off his kerchief and backpack and set out for a new frontier on the Nintendo Switch, with a budget price and some added content. But does his adventure hold up?

The consensus is a positive one on GameSpot's sister site, Metacritic. Plus GameSpot's own Captain Toad review found it just as charming as always, even if the experience is a little on the short side. On the Switch, it benefits from some added content, as well as real portability that was missing from the tethered Wii U version. Check out a collection of critical responses below.

  • Game: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: July 13
  • Price: $39.99 / £34.99 / $49 AU

GameSpot -- 8/10

"Despite a smattering of minor complaints, Captain Toad stands as a pint-sized version of Nintendo's stellar first party pedigree. It's among the best Mario spin-offs around and a delightful iteration on old ideas." -- Daniel Starkey [Full review]

VentureBeat -- 90/100

"That said, if you've already played Captain Toad on the Wii U, there's not enough new content here to merit a repurchase — the Super Mario Odyssey levels are great, but you'll blow through them all in half an hour or less. I hope that Nintendo builds upon what’s already here with additional DLC, as this is an enjoyable game with levels that are actually fun to replay a few times. After beating the game in several days, my only regret was not having even more puzzles to enjoy." -- Jeremy Horwitz [Full review]

IGN -- 8.7/10

"Treasure Tracker still feels close to unique, and gains new life on both of Nintendo's current systems. Switch is very much the better choice, but 3DS is by no means a bad option. Still smart, prettier than ever and, in retrospect, genuinely important as part of Nintendo's modern history, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a rare example of a game that actually feels better for being a few years old." -- Joe Skrebels [Full review]

God is a Geek -- 8.5/10

"The best part is that this is a great game to play on the go, the levels are short enough to crack out a couple on a short commute or loads on a long one, and they're packed with extra challenges that take little time to accomplish as well. Yes there are some problems with the transition from machine to machine(s), but this is still a very welcome return of this brand of puzzle-action. I really hope that people do support this re-release because it might give Nintendo that push to make a sequel and that would be very welcome indeed." -- Nick Gillham [Full review]

VideoGamer -- 7/10

"Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker fits the Switch like a glove with its bite-sized levels that allow you to graft for glistening jewels at your leisure. If you played it four years ago, then there sadly isn't a whole lot here that will feel fresh, but that doesn’t mean the base game isn't as fun as it was four years ago for both experienced players and newcomers alike." -- Colm Ahern [Full review]

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