Super Smash Bros. receives most of the headlines, but there’s a lesser-known Wii U game we are equally excited for, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Available December 5 for $39.99 (a bargain considering the average price of new video games), this title challenges players to complete over 70 puzzles inspired by the Captain Toad stages in Super Mario 3D World, as they rotate boards to avoid enemies and find the best routes to collectible Power Stars.
Unlike the more traditional Super Mario games, though, Captain Toad cannot jump (his backpack is too heavy) or throw fire balls. Instead, you must rely on his ability to pluck and throw turnips (similar to Super Mario Bros. 2), dig with the Super Pickaxe and create clones to outwit Shy Guys, Flaptor birds and Piranha Sprouts.
The game looks like a ton of fun, and Nintendo made it even more appealing with the introduction of Toadette. From what we’ve seen, she possesses the same moves as her male counterpart, but in order to play as Toadette, you’ll need to rescue her from a large bird named Wingo.
Watch the new Captain Toad trailer and let us know what you think of the game. Personally, we think it’ll become a hidden gem for the Wii U, and can’t wait to see everything it has to offer later this year.