Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of those wildly underrated Nintendo games that tends to go forgotten — perhaps because its announcement at E3 in 2014 was overshadowed by Splatoon, Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2, and what would eventually become Breath of the Wild, but perhaps because its mini-platforming levels seemed a little simple for a full-price release… or because almost no one had a Wii U to play it on in the first place.
Whatever the reason people missed out on it, that can now be remedied: It’s available for free, for those of you with a Nintendo Switch Online membership (in North America)! From the 13th to the 20th of January, you can download the game for free to give it a try, and if you decide to buy it, it will also be 30% off from today until the 16th of January.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a charming, toybox-like puzzley platformer that stars Captain Toad as he attempts to waddle around intricate levels without the ability to jump, similar to how his levels worked in Super Mario 3D World.
We gave Captain Toad an 8/10 on both Wii U and Switch, and here’s what we had to say about the Switch version, which added co-op and new levels, while also removing four levels for no real reason:
“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 […] this is a wonderful and gorgeous puzzler fit for all ages, and one which you should definitely experience if you’re yet to.”
Check it out with the kids, or keep it all to yourself — just don’t miss out on this free trial. It’s a good one!