Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Switch Demo Impressions

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by: Hairball

The demo for the Nintendo Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has been released onto the eShop today. As we all know, this game is a port from the Wii U, besides the addition of some Super Mario Odyssey themed stages, for the most part it looks like the same game.

However, after starting the demo up, I was pleasantly surprised that there were some control improvements. Also, there are only three levels that are included with the demo, one of which is a boss fight. The goal of the game is solve puzzles and guide Captain Toad to collect a Power Star and 3 Super Gems in each level.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was one of the games that heavily uses the Wii U gamepad. When playing in portable mode with connected Joy-cons, it's basically the same as the original release where you can touch the screen to adjust platforms or to obstruct some enemies like Shy Guys.

On the Switch, it isn't possible to use the touch screen when docked to a TV or on tabletop mode with separated Joy-cons.

Nintendo has added an on screen pointer that shifts based in your motion, and you can then hold the ZR button to trigger what would have been the "touch" action.

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On all modes, the motion controls no longer automatically adjust the camera which makes playing a lot easier. On the Wii U, it was not possible to turn off this option. On the Nintendo Switch, the control sticks on the Joy-cons and also Pro Controller are improved and as a result it's possible to get far more precise movement when adjusting the camera. This was a frustration at times when using the control stick on the Wii U gamepad.

Another addition is a two player mode. Player 1 holds the Joy-con sideways to move Toad around, and Player 2 holds the other Joy-con like a remote, which can shoot projectiles at enemies and adjust the camera angle. This is probably not the best way to play as it requires a lot of communication, but it's a nice bonus to have a co-op option to play with someone.

It's probably not worth buying again if you have the Wii U version. Toad still can't jump or run, but it's still a fun puzzle game to play!