Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS/NSW)

CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER
進め! キノピオ隊長
©2014-2018 Nintendo

Version:
Nintendo Switch (NSW)

Publisher:
NINTENDO CO., LTD.

Production:
Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development Division (EPD) - Production Group No.8

Development:
NINTENDO CO., LTD.
NINTENDO SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY CORP.

Additional Work:
1-UP STUDIO INC.

Media
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Description:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an action puzzle video game starring the long-time Mario universe sidekick Toad. It is a spin-off of the Super Mario series which builds upon the isometric minigames starring Captain Toad from Super Mario 3D World. This is an enhanced port of the original game release on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014, featuring additional bonus levels themed around Super Mario Odyssey, as well as two-player co-op multiplayer in the Switch version, but excluding the Super Mario 3D World bonus levels from the Wii U version. A free update for the Nintendo Switch version was released on February 13, 2019, adding co-op multiplayer where another player controls Toadette alongside Toad. Paid downloadable content for the Nintendo Switch version of the game was released on March 14, 2019, adding new courses, with certain courses being designed for the newly introduced co-op mode.

Development:
Early in the development of Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo created prototypes of various gameplay ideas, including what IGN described as small "diorama-like levels the player could twist and turn." However, when the team added a character who could jump, they realized the levels would have to increase in size. They decided to keep the small-scale course design by eliminating jumping entirely, which also forced them to choose a player character other than Mario or Luigi. Director Shinya Hiratake suggested Shigeru Miyamoto to make Link from The Legend of Zelda as a playable character, but Miyamoto instructed him to choose a different one. The developers then realized that Captain Toad, a background character from the Super Mario Galaxy games, would fit the role due to his heavy backpack, which they reasoned would weigh too much and keep him from jumping. Originally, the team thought the levels could form their own game, but instead a few were included in Super Mario 3D World. After 3D World was finished in late 2013, Miyamoto found that the Captain Toad levels reminded him of one of his earlier gameplay ideas inspired by the Rubik's Cube, so he suggested they create a separate Captain Toad game. This 2018 version was a co-development effort with the original team mainly handling the Switch version, and NST developing the 3DS adaptation.

Reception:
As of March 2019, the Switch port has sold 240,000 copies in Japan, and 1.18 million copies worldwide, outselling its Wii U counterpart, and making it one of the best-selling games on the system. The 3DS and Switch versions were nominated for "Nintendo Game of the Year" at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, and for "Game, Franchise Family" at the 2019 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.

Production Staff:

Producer
Koichi Hayashida

Director
Shinya Hiratake

Planning / Game Design
Yuka Kitahara, Toshihiko Okamoto, Yusaku Yamanaka, Chris Polsney (NST)

Graphic Design
Daisuke Watanabe, Naoki Mineta, Mayako Sugimoto, Kazunori Hashimoto, Daisuke Ito, Chiaki Uchida, Yuki Nakamura, Takafumi Moro (1UP), Takayuki Yaeno (1UP), Koji Aoyama (1UP), Asami Inoue (1UP), Jun Ishioka (1UP), Mio Kikuchi (1UP), Hirotaka Tanikawa (1UP), Annabelle Bowie (NST), Philip Brodsky (NST), Kevin Chung (NST), Jeremiah Gallardo (NST), Marcos Gomes (NST), Francisco Guerrero López (NST), Erica Hanson (NST), Arturo Jáuregui Osante (NST), John Lim (NST), Brian McNeely (NST), Steven Petofalvi (NST), Jami Moravetz (NST), Fei Quek (NST), Edward Sherman (NST), Mark Trono (NST), Jessica Zamora (NST)

Program
Katsuyasu Ando, Masakaze Sato, Jonathan Bryant (NST), Austin Harper (NST), Jonathan Johnson (NST), Rory Johnston (NST), Yoonjoon Lee (NST), Deana McCarthy (NST), Dean Russell (NST), Edgars Stúrmanis (NST), Timothy Minalia (NST), Zachary Wilson (NST)

Sound
Naoto Kubo, Hiroki Araya (1UP), James Phillipsen (NST)

Illustration
Keisuke Okubo

Localization
Rich Amtower, Ana Celeste Ascanio, Nate Bihldorff, Dutch Hixenbaugh, Anne-Marie Laperrière, Yoriko Marusich, Reiko Ninomiya, Tim O'Leary, Ayaka Osakabe, Scot Ritchey, Kindra Timmerwilke, Chiara Botta, Christian Buter, Ariel del Rio de Angelis, Natacha Faubert, Arne Glinka, Laurent Godinot, Petra Gyarmaty, Carsten Harmans, Daniel Idoine-Shirai, Ben Kaestner-Frenchman, Sven Pötzl, Canela Rodal, Pete Sheppard, Alessandro Tardito, Alicia Vega Lamela, Barbara Wallace, Wolfgang Weber

Testing
Tsuyoshi Komura (MC), Brian Carlson, Ryan Dean, Jelena Dzamonja, Kathy Huguenard, Daijiro Imoto, Mel Marselle, Gary Meads

Special Thanks
Hiroshi Arai (1UP), David Carlson, Lyn Fox, Mizuki Fujisawa, Shigetoshi Gohara, Takeshi Hayakawa, Youichi Hirota, Karen Ishikawa (NST), Kiyomi Itani, Nobuyo Johnston (NST), Gen Kadoi (1UP), Toki Kando, Sayo Kato, Takeshi Kawasaki, Makiko Kitazaki, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Sean Lutterman, Keisuke Matsui, Vivek Melwani, Jeff Miller, Yuki Mitsui, Satoshi Miyama, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yosuke Mori (1UP), Kenta Motokura, Nicholas Mulkey, Saki Murayama, Geoff Phoenix, Matthew Potter, Kaoru Sato, Akiyo Shigeyama, Hirokazu Shimaoka, Kazimir Strzepek, Makiko Takada, Lauren Wells, Shigeki Yamahiro (NST), All General Support Group, Nintendo Tokyo Office, All EPD

Project Manager / Coordinator
Mika Kurosawa (NST)

General Producer
Shinya Takahashi

Executive Producer
Tatsumi Kimishima, Shuntaro Furukawa

INFOBOX
Version: Nintendo Switch (WW)
Source: Game Credits. Nintendo JP.
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