Toad Seeks Latest Treasure With Toad Amiibo
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker hit shelves in December 2014 and builds up on the adventures of the Captain Toad mini-game mode within Super Mario 3D World where you play as Toad navigating to reach a gold star at the end of each level. This was the second game to support amiibo compatibility following Super Smash Bros. This review will mostly be focused on the amiibo function and the bonus content it provides in this game.
amiibo as an added feature not only gave us a physical figure of Toad that complements the game, but it kept true to the treasure hunting theme of having to seek out Toad.
Before we begin with amiibo, please note that there was an update to the game on March 20 that allowed players to use any amiibo once per day to gain extra lives in the form of 1-UP mushrooms. The amount of extra lives vary depending on whether the amiibo character is from the Mario series or not. But the amiibo of the game is obviously Toad. In order to properly use Toad, the player first selects the desired stage, which had to be completed beforehand, and then you may tap in a Toad amiibo, during which a pixelated Toad will jump into the level and commences a game of hide and seek.
My first concern with this extra mission was how to know if I was getting close to the super tiny Pixel Toad. However my concern diminished since I realized that the level of proximity was determined by a rhythm behind the background music that I could hear. I recommend using the amiibo function during your second—not 3rd or 4th playthrough, as playing with the new feature did make the game worth picking up again. The amiibo made the levels more slow and intense as a lot of effort went to finding Pixel Toad which, at times, dependent on luck.
If you already have the game and beaten the story and love it, then this amiibo is definitely worth getting. However if you are not into patiently finding a tiny Pixel Toad within the levels, then it would be wise to ignore the amiibo function, as the pixel mission can get both tiring and tedious at times.
By Rinaldy Gomez with extra help from Everett Colon
With more free time in the Summer, I decided to work on a new series called Review Rewind where instead of looking at newly released titles, I am going back to take a look at already launched titles through the year, beginning with Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and continuing onto Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Stay tuned!