One of the games that took a lot of E3 attendees by surprise this year was Nintendo‘s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Featuring an art style similar to Super Mario 3D World, Treasure Tracker tasks you with guiding Toad through various locales, like a haunted house or a volcano, but in a more puzzle-oriented fashion. It was an unannounced game that came out of left field, and now it has the task of ending the year for the Wii U as it’s scheduled to release just in time for the holiday season on December 5th.
This announcement arrived in a press release earlier this morning, right after rumors began to surface that the game was being delayed until 2015. It was reported that North American retailer GameStop had not even begun accepting pre-orders, and it had already been delayed until January 2015 for Europe and Oceania.
Although Toad characters have appeared in various games since Super Mario Bros. on the NES, Treasure Tracker marks the first time that they’ll receive top billing. Nintendo also confirmed in the press release that the game will receive Amiibo support in 2015, although no exact date was given.
Captain Toad may not be a big name seller like Super Smash Bros., but Nintendo obviously has enough confidence in the title to allow it to close out their year. The Wii U will be moving in to the holiday season with boatloads of potential, thanks to games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, and Super Smash Bros., and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be more enticing to parents with its $39.99 launch day price tag and familiar face printed on the cover.
Will you be picking this one up? I loved what I saw from the E3 footage, and the reduced launch price makes it all that more appetizing.
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