Nintendo offers a glimpse at the official concept art behind Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Nintendo Switch - 3DS - Wii U

Recently, Nintendo shared the concept artwork from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Many times, it’s easy to forget that video games are an art form. But not only are games works of art in their own right, but many artists within a game’s production create art from sound effects and musical composition to the rendering of the 3D models and worlds on a game engine. And, that typically all starts with an artist’s concept for what the game and characters might look like.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was originally launched on the Wii U. It was eventually brought to the 3DS and Nintendo Switch last year. Captain Toad takes the flair of the Mushroom Kingdom and organizes it into several thematic puzzles for Captain Toad and Toadette to solve. It presents a unique challenge in place of the typical platforming affair we’ve seen from games set within Mario’s world. Check out the concepts featuring the gleeful pair.

As video game production has evolved and become more complex, people have taken an interest in the collective efforts that go into creating a final product. Often, soundtracks and artbooks compiling the artwork from a particular game are published for public consumption. Nintendo has been known in the past to share the concept work over social media as they’ve done here. So, if you enjoy this sort of thing be sure to keep an eye on their social media!

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.