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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is another new property that Nintendo unveiled during their Nintendo Direct at this year's E3. We also managed to see a lot more of the game during the Nintendo Treehouse live event where several levels were on display.
So Captain Toad centers around the character from the 3D Mario universe – an adventure and treasure tracker – who ventures through various cut-throat environments where wits, quick reflexes and fun-filled antics fill out just about each and every stage.
The one thing that separates this title from other games is that Captain Toad features a protagonist that can't jump. That's right... no jumping.
The Toadster instead has to make due with discovering ways to get through the environment with the help of interactive environments and the GamePad. Yep, the game will make full use of the GamePad.
For instance, in some stages you'll need to rotate the camera around to uncover hidden secrets in the level, or use the touch screen on the pad to raise or lower platforms scattered throughout the environment. You can see how some of these elements come together in the debut trailer for the game below.
One of the other neat things about the game – and the inclusion of the GamePad – is that you can manipulate more than just the environment to progress in the game. While lifting pillars and modifying platforms is great to help Captain Toad get through some obstacles, you can also use similar tactics against some of the enemies.
During the live demonstration of Captain Toad, we saw the Captain out-running a Shy Guy and then using a turnip like an AK-47 to dispatch the Shy Guy. But more than that, you can use the GamePad to swipe, grab and hold the on-screen bad guys in order to progress through some of the more difficult segments.
You can also use the GamePad to uncover various secrets, such as coins and hidden objects that you can grab and increase that almighty total score.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is due for release this fall exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.
It's part of a nice cache of games from Nintendo's first and second party line-up to help maintain some of the momentum they recaptured with the explosive release of Mario Kart 8, which also managed to bolster the sales of the Wii U by large margins in Japan and the U.K. They'll need these big games showcased at E3 to keep those sales steam-rolling throughout the late summer and the holiday season.
You can check out some more of the awesome games dropped during E3 with Gaming Blend's E3 2014 information database, or you can learn more about Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker at Nintendo's official website.