Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    Overall, Treasure Tracker is a real gem of a game. It’s also beautiful; I was stunned by it on Wii U, but the visuals have only gotten better on Switch. It’s bright, cheery, and wildly creative from an aesthetic standpoint. Each stage is like a diorama, making the game feel like the player is interacting with toys, rather than lines of code. The soundtrack isn’t especially varied, likely because most stages don’t require a lot of time to beat, but I’d have appreciated a few more tracks to spice things up.
  2. Aug 2, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is not just a good game, it’s a great game. The port to the Switch was brilliantly executed, taking full advantage of the console's portability. While I could not recommend it for Switch owners more, the fact it’s only $40 means you’re getting a top quality game at a much better price. Do yourself a favor, and join Captain Toad and Toadette on this adventure. The journey you’ll take is definitely worth it.
  3. Jul 25, 2018
    Just like his grand adventure, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is simply a delight to experience in the unique and puzzling world he explores. Those who had the original on Wii U might not get as much enjoyment the second time around due to the small amount of new content, but this is a must-have puzzle title for anyone who hasn’t picked it up before or is just desperate to have it on the go. While it may just be a port with only a few new additions, hopefully there is more to come from the adventurous Toad in the future on the journey to collect all the treasure around.
  4. Jul 19, 2018
    It's fitting that, four years after releasing on the Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is enjoying a second life on the Switch: The majority of the game's clever puzzles revolve around shifting our sense of perspective, and isn't it a port's job to give players a chance to see an old title in a new light?
  5. Jul 17, 2018
    A joy to play. It oozes happiness, it makes me smile, and I absolutely love it.
  6. 90
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is, by far, one of the most joyful and charming games I've played to date. The lovable and adorable Captain Toad has gotten a new lease on life, and I couldn't be happier.
  7. Jul 14, 2018
    Amazing ports of one of the most underrated titles of the Wii U.
  8. Jul 13, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker may ultimately be another Nintendo port, but it’s an extremely entertaining, polished Nintendo port that offers millions more players the opportunity to experience a game that languished on the undersold Wii U. That’s clearly a win for Nintendo, but also a win for puzzle-loving gamers, too.
  9. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an absolute joy to behold, from its cute visual styling and delicious soundtrack and audio utterances from the main characters, to the expertly crafted self-contained stages, jam-packed with smart puzzles to solve and a plethora of goodies to uncover. This was one of those Wii U gems that thoroughly deserved another shot at the limelight, and with its excellent new additions now, it is indeed time to shine bright.
  10. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of the best options in Switch’s catalogue. The combination of a huge amount of funny puzzles along with multiple additions to this version make it feel like an interesting purchase.
  11. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad is one the top recommended puzzle games for the Nintendo Switch. This port heads back to all the good things that the original game brought to Wii U but now with several interesting changes that make it a highly recommended title.
  12. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is charming, fun, and — in a rarity for Nintendo’s Wii U ports — right-priced for the Switch.
  13. Jul 11, 2018
    This puzzle game is a very good addition to your game collection. It gives the little gamers a joyful adventure, while experienced gamers will have a bit of a challenge to get to 100%. Simply a must buy.
  14. Jul 20, 2018
    Four years after its original release, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker to remind us why it is one of the best puzzle platformers on the market. The Super Mario Odyssey levels, the resolution bump on TV mode and the coop experience may not be enough to buy it again, but its clever level design and original concept make it a game that Nintendo fans can’t afford to miss.
  15. Jul 23, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an elegant puzzle game based on the miniature gardening, which focuses on making full use of space and resources to explore various kinds of gameplay. The Nintendo Switch version perfectly adapts the new platform, and some new features and new levels make it even more fun.
  16. Jul 11, 2018
    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.
  17. 85
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker highlights one of the best secondary characters in the Super Mario universe, and gives him a stellar adventure. Fans of the Wii U version should pick it up for the portable experience and extra levels while those who didn’t play the game in 2014 will find a lot to love. It’s another fantastic addition to the continually growing Switch library, and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with Captain Toad in the future.
  18. Jul 12, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Jul 11, 2018
    An enjoyable treasure. Captain Toad visits Nintendo Switch adding a new cooperative mode and some new levels. It is not so much, but it may be very interesting for newcomers.
  20. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a smart, fascinating puzzle game. A must have for Switch and 3DS owners.
  21. Jul 11, 2018
    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.
  22. 85
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker remains the fun game it was before, though there is no need to play it twice. Most of the original content is present in this release with the Odyssey content being the exception. The sheer variety of puzzles and fun gameplay mechanics deserve to be experienced at the very least. It doesn't really matter if you do that on Nintendo 3DS or Switch as both run quite excellent.
  23. Jul 11, 2018
    Aesthetically delightful, original in its ideas and extremely refined in its execution, the first great adventure of the fearless mushroom vigorously claims the uniqueness of the Nintendo philosophy.
  24. Jul 11, 2018
    This is the same game we enjoyed four years ago on Wii U. A perfect mix between puzzles and platforms, which includes four new Super Mario Odyssey inspired levels and a new (pretty basic) coop mode.
  25. Jul 24, 2018
    Captain Toad is just a little bit better and more beautiful on Switch. It is a pity we can't play the Super Mario 3D-levels anymore, but we do get some very nice new ones instead.
  26. Jul 23, 2018
    Just like you’d expect, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the complete package on the Switch. It’s a straightforward port with a couple add-one that don’t feel stapled on, but as always the real draw is having a game on a console with more staying power and appeal than the Wii U offered. If you’re not familiar with Captain Toad then definitely check this out, but if you had the game on Wii U then you’ve probably already made up your mind about if you’ll be migrating the recent ports over to the Switch. Either way you cut it, this is a great game and a definitive port.
  27. Jul 16, 2018
    A fantastic game and a must-play for anyone that enjoys puzzle-platformers. The game is by no means hard, and you’ll likely finish it over the course of a weekend – but for those that are set on completing every objective and finding every Pixel Toad – you’ll be sure to squeeze many more hours out.
  28. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad still is a great game, and it’s original concept works great on 3DS and Switch. The new levels are not enough to buy the game again, but if you haven’t played it yet or you want to enjoy it on another platform it’s a great choice.
  29. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2018
    Main principles of all 80 levels are similar, but thanks to dozens of ideas introduced to spice up the gameplay there is no room for boredom in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. [09/2018, p.65]
  30. games(TM)
    Aug 9, 2018
    What continues to impress on our second time playing through Treasure Tracker is the quality of the level design. The addition of stages based on worlds from Super Mario Odyssey is yet more evidence that these little dioramas are a rich format for creativity. [Issue#203, p.86]
  31. Jul 31, 2018
    You can almost feel all these awesome miniature world in your hands and even twist and turn some of them, like a Rubik’s cube. Sure, bosses are way too easy, and our enemies are childishly naive, but that’s why they don’t distract you from the main course — well-designed puzzles.
  32. Jul 30, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Switch is certainly the definitive way to play. Boasting brilliant level design, puzzle creation and ingenuity. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is easily one of the best titles on the Switch, and deserves a second chance to shine.
  33. Jul 29, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  34. Jul 19, 2018
    Everything about Captain Toad is overwhelmingly charming.
  35. Jul 18, 2018
    The cute treasure hunter Toad has lost none of its charm in this version for the Switch. For veterans however, there isn't much new stuff to find.
  36. Jul 18, 2018
    It’s been four years since the original release of Captain Toad, and yet, the game still feels as wonderfully unique as it did then. There’s nothing else quite like it, and the Switch version looks and plays wonderfully.
  37. Jul 18, 2018
    A game that shouldn’t be missed for anyone looking for a relaxed mental challenge.
  38. Jul 18, 2018
    Captain Toad is a happy game and those are becoming fewer and farther between in the modern landscape.
  39. Jul 16, 2018
    Another excellent addition to the Switch’s expansive library of quality platformers.
  40. Jul 13, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a fun time when it hit the Wii U, and it’s still a fun time today. The new levels are easily some of the best in the game, but they don’t really justify a second purchase. I’m thrilled Nintendo wants to make use of this well-traveled fungi, but I hope the next time I see Captain Toad, he’s going on a completely new adventure.
  41. Jul 12, 2018
    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.
  42. Jul 12, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker remains an excellent game that feels perfectly at home on the Switch. The short-burst gameplay of the diorama-puzzle levels suits the portable nature of the system to a tee. It still looks, sounds and plays as well as it did on the Wii-U, so if it didn’t hold your attention then, the lackluster additional features aren’t likely to change your feelings now. If you’re a Switch owner looking for a joyous, simple, unique puzzle game, then Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is worth some permanent space on your memory card.
  43. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a beautifully charming perspective puzzler that deserved a second chance at success. It's also a decent - though not quite perfect - fit on Switch.
  44. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a brilliant puzzle-platformer game, which will constantly impress you with creative stages and a top-notch presentation. Despite providing different experiences if played on handheld or console modes, it delivers a charming adventure, with tons of content to keep you hooked for hours.
  45. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a very relaxing puzzlegame and it still is. The new levels are fun for people who played the original, though there are only four of them.
  46. Jul 11, 2018
    A solid port with the some new issue with the controls but enhanced by a beautiful graphics and gorgeous 1080p.
  47. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Switch includes new levels inspired by Super Mario Odyssey. Despite some controversial design choices in docked mode, It offers a fresh gameplay concept and a lot of fun.
  48. Jul 11, 2018
    Utterly charming on (literally) every level, it may not offer much in terms of fast action but this is just as imaginative and engrossing as any Super Mario game.
  49. Jul 11, 2018
    Just like Captain Toad, if you can't jump, you'd better use your brain. This down-to-earth approach transforms the environments into puzzles that require to look harder - and dig deeper - than expected in order to find all of their design treasures. And despite a lack of additional content, such wonders get even shinier on Switch.
  50. 80
    Another great Wii U game that is made better by the Nintendo Switch's portability. It's a fun experience that doesn't overstay its welcome, but definitely does feel repetitive in certain areas.
  51. Jul 11, 2018
    A clever puzzle game that’s finally found a more suitable home on Switch, as it always felt like a handheld game that played best on the Wii U Gamepad. It’s a collection of bite-sized levels that compel you to tick all of the boxes, and an ideal game to play in short bursts. While the Switch port doesn’t improve much aside from the change in platform, and is too expensive to warrant a repeat purchase, it’s certainly worthy of a re-release for those who missed it last-generation.
  52. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a hidden gem from the Wii U era that's been given a new lease of life on the Nintendo Switch, and rightly so. New levels and fresh multiplayer are welcome inclusions but it's a bit of a shame that we've lost four levels as a result – and for no apparent reason. Still, all being said, this is a wonderful and gorgeous puzzler fit for all ages, and one which you should definitely experience if you're yet to.
  53. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a wonderfully-executed port of an unexpected spin-off starring Toad. Thanks to its marvelous level design, camera orientation and delightful audiovisual presentation, Captain Toad is certain to bring some very welcome charm and fun to the growing catalogue of the Nintendo Switch.
  54. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker offers very little for those who have played it before, but if you haven’t played before then you’re in for a treat. Treasure Tracker might look adorable on the surface but under lurks a fun and innovative puzzler, one that might just be better played on your own adventure away from the TV.
  55. Jul 12, 2018
    We’ve been handed a mildly updated version of a little puzzle-platformer in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. And despite its bubbly and cutesy presentation, the tail end of the game is a challenging and thoughtful experience where lateral thinking and classic Nintendo game-design coalesce to really offer up a rewarding experience.
  56. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad is a great puzzle game, but has no enough news for Wii U players.
  57. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    Worth playing if you missed it in 2014, but this Switch port is disappointing and not its best version. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 62]
  58. Jul 24, 2018
    The same compelling puzzle adventure that it was on the Wii U, but now on a system that feels far more suited to its bite-sized levels and rapid pace. Its strange control quirks in docked mode make it a less alluring prospect at home, but if you’re looking to kill some time anywhere else you’d struggle to find something this good to scratch that itch.
  59. Jul 11, 2018
    One of the most delightfully charming puzzle games of in recent memory and the dollhouse-style puzzle boxes are wonderful to explore and it's cute and adorable all the way through. Sadly, Wii U owners will find few reasons to pick up this edition of the game, but anyone who hasn't already played Captain Toad will find a puzzle game they'll finish and just want more of.
  60. Aug 2, 2018
    Still addicting like it's Wii U counterpart, and still as fun. Although we miss the bonus content from the latter the core game is still a nice puzzle game for short burst, and fits perfectly on the Switch.
  61. Jul 15, 2018
    If you already own or have played Captain Toad on Wii U, the greater majority of the game is likely to feel identical.
  62. Jul 12, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  63. Jul 11, 2018
    Still a fun time albeit one that could do with a healthier dose of fresh content in this Switch version. Walking the line between platformer and puzzler, the game’s light sprinkling of elements from both help create an experience that’s fun for all ages.
  64. Jul 11, 2018
    The Switch remake of Toad and Toadette’s adventures offers little to convince the returning players: the experience is almost identical to the Wii U version. If you haven’t played the original edition here’s a good chance to pick up a great puzzle adventure, but beware that it’ll end in less than 10 hours.
  65. Jul 11, 2018
    While this Switch re-release doesn't add as much as some may hope, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is still a delight.
  66. Jul 11, 2018
    There is a charmingly competent puzzler here, yet it’s hard to recommend without an abundance of caveats. If you’ve yet to play the Captain Toad and solving cute and charming puzzles, it could be worth a shot if it drops in price, even though the asking price is lower than most to begin with. If possible, and if you own a Wii U, you would be better off dusting that system down and playing it on there.
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  1. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Switch is measurably better in all ways than the original game — according to the technical analysts at Digital Foundry, the 3DS version is great too — but more importantly represents a chance for many Nintendo fans who skipped the Wii U to finally see what all the fuss is about.
  2. Jul 14, 2018
    Underneath its painfully charming exterior lies an engrossing puzzler, one that rewards careful observation above all else. It was a great game when it debuted four years ago, and it’s even better now that it’s portable.
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    Nintendo’s continued run of Wii U ports has to have a finite end, but while Switch players are getting games like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker then its best just to bask in it. Gloriously cheerful, charming and enthralling, it’s only diminishing features are its slightly short length and lack of difficulty for seasoned players.
  4. Jul 11, 2018
    No, this Switch version is clearly aimed at those who missed out on Captain Toad the first time around. If that’s you, then there’s no better time to fill your boots: even four years later it remains an absolutely charming adventure and one that’s still a treat to play.
  5. Jul 11, 2018
    If you missed out on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker the first time it was around, then there's no better time to dive in. If you've played it before though, the new offerings of Super Mario Odyssey-themed levels won't be that enticing, unless you have a kid to bring into the fun for co-op.
  6. Jul 11, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an incredibly bare-bones port, but that doesn’t really matter in the end. We all know it was originally released on a naff platform next to nobody owned, and a game this fun and charming deserves a second chance. The Switch and 3DS versions are fine ports, and suitable for just that.
  7. Jul 19, 2018
    Thanks to that pacing and emphasis on thinking your way through obstacles, it’s pretty much perfect on the Switch, for playing in bed or on the subway to work. Or anywhere, really, you find yourself wanting to enjoy some of the most relaxed Mario-style action Nintendo has available.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 139
  1. Jul 13, 2018
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was originally designed for Wii U, and it shows in this port.

    For those unfamiliar, Captain Toad: Treasure
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was originally designed for Wii U, and it shows in this port.

    For those unfamiliar, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle game where you have to guide the title character or Toadette through a cubic level to the Power Star. The thing is, they can't jump, so you'll need to find other ways to get there, such as climbing ladders or standing on rising platforms. A big challenge comes in collecting the three Super Gems in each level. Sometimes they are hidden behind head-scratching puzzles.

    The puzzle gameplay is as great as it was on Wii U...except for the controls. Whereas the Wii U version has you touching the GamePad screen to move platforms, here you either have to touch the console screen in handheld mode or, on TV, move a cursor (with the controller) to the platform and press a button. These controls felt awkward to me, and although I got used to them somewhat as I played, it's not as good as the Wii U version.

    Regarding differences between this and the Wii U version, there's not much. Basically, the Super Mario 3D World levels are replaced by equally entertaining Super Mario Odyssey levels.

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fun game that has gained a few issues in the conversion from Wii U to Switch. You could go far worse than this port, but I recommend the Wii U version over it due to better controls.
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  2. Jul 14, 2018
    Cute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very highCute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very high quality. What i dont get is why people think this would be different game, just because its on Switch now...and downrate it on that. So i ask: did you cry when an old movie was redone/changed just for a new medium? I guess not...
    Since im playing 1p and on handheld, this is my rating for excatly that.
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  3. Jul 13, 2018
    AT least Nintendo had the common sense to not charge full price for this game. 2 years of premium prices and recycled content... that's whatAT least Nintendo had the common sense to not charge full price for this game. 2 years of premium prices and recycled content... that's what you got. If you already played TT there is "absolutely" no reason to play this game, and once again Nintendo does nothing to honor the million plus that already bought it. They are getting a copy and paste title. Full Review »