Toad/Spinoff appearances

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This is a subpage of the Toad article covering his appearances in spinoff media of the Mario franchise.

Wario franchise[edit]

Wario's Woods[edit]

Artwork of Toad from Wario's Woods

Toad is the main character of Wario's Woods, a Nintendo puzzle game. Within the plot of the game, the antagonist Wario had taken control over a once quiet forest (renaming it Wario's Woods soon after) and controlled the original peaceful creatures of the woods by brainwashing them with a sinister spell. After gaining complete control over the Peaceful Forest, Wario begins his plans of attacking the Mushroom Kingdom with the help of his various monsters. Meanwhile, Toad (known as the Mushroom Kingdom hero) had been taking a walk in what he thought was Peach's garden but was actually Wario's Woods and soon gets stuck in the forest. After being asked by the forest sprites to save their home, Toad agrees to help them and sets off to stop Wario and his diabolical plans. While in the woods, Toad gets helped by Birdo and a Sprite.

A round game of the SNES version of Wario's Woods

Throughout the adventure, Toad has to stack up the various minions that Wario sends out and he has to use different colored bombs to attempt to destroy them. After matching the colors of his opponents with the correct bomb, Toad manages to defeat his foes and clear a round. Throughout the game, Toad shows different abilities including his superhuman strength from Super Mario Bros. 2 which he uses to carry the large monsters and bombs (he can even carry large stacks of them with ease). He also shows the unique ability to run up the walls of the tree hollow each round took place in within this game. While Toad is fighting, the Sprite provides the bombs for him to use while Birdo provides encouragement for Toad to keep going on. However, there are times when Wario appears to cause Toad trouble. He makes his appearance on the screen in Birdo's place by getting rid of Toad's helper temporarily and replacing the Sprite with a Pidgit who in turn will supply more monsters for Toad instead of bombs. Wario himself occasionally slams into the tree hollow that Toad is in, and causes the Thwomp engrossing the ceiling to fall lower; thus, limiting Toad's time to defeating Wario's monsters before becoming crushed by the Thwomp.

Along the way, Toad also has to face several other bosses (such as Fauster and Mad) who attempt to stop Toad. The SNES version of the game includes more bosses who slow down Toad's chase after Wario. As Toad reaches closer to Wario's hideout, Wario continues to taunt him in the various cutscenes and attempt to discourage the hero from defeating him. Oddly, Wario continues to get larger in size within each cutscene. As Toad finally catches up to Wario, the antagonist challenges him to a battle but is revealed to be a fake. After defeating the fake Wario, Toad finally meets with the real Wario who had used the opportunity of Toad's delay to making him grow to the biggest size possible to face against Toad. At the end of the game, Toad faces Wario himself and eventually defeats him. After Wario falls to defeat, the antagonist attempts to make himself bigger; however, he instead explodes and returns to his regular size (thus, revealing that Wario had only used an air pump to increase his size the entire time). Seeing the miniature Wario, Toad uses this opportunity to chase him out of the woods and restore peace to the area.

Toad about to destroy the castle in the ending of the SNES version of Wario's Woods

In the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, Toad not only has to face Wario in his pursuit to save the Mushroom Kingdom, but as well as several others who serve as mini-bosses in the game. Toad's voice is first heard in this game and it is unusually deep. Toad's abilities from the original version reappear in this game as well. Unlike the NES version, setting changes have been implemented within this game as the levels in this game do not only occur within Wario's Woods, but rather in many other parts of the Mushroom Kingdom (hence, Toad has to fight mini-bosses who are themed appropriately according to their stage). The ending for this version is also much different from the original as Toad does not chase Wario out of the woods and, instead, throws a bomb right at the castle causing it as well as Wario to go crashing down. Soon a message is given and it states that thanks to Toad's efforts, the woods had returned to peace and that all the monsters were turned back to normal as Wario's spell (referred to as a nightmare in the game) over them had finally lifted.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

Toad's cameo in the You Scratch Mine microgame in WarioWare: Touched!

In WarioWare: Touched!, Toad makes a cameo in level three of Wario-Man's microgame You Scratch Mine, alongside Mario and Wario.

Satella-Q[edit]

The title screen of Satella-Q featuring Toad

Toad is the starring and primary character of the Japanese exclusive game Satella-Q which is a series of quiz game events for the Satellaview (an add-on for the Super Famicom). Toad's role in these game events is to guide the players through a series of quizzes and minigames throughout the Satella-Q episodes. Occasionally, the players interact with him through the events of the minigames such as moving him around certain areas and stages. Toad also cheers on the player at various points of the game (especially whenever the player claims victory over a certain minigame). The game also features several minigames which often make references to Toad and his own character such as the featuring of titles such as "Kinopio Live" (which translates to that of "Toad Live" outside of Japan) whenever Toad is seen performing in a musical concert in one of the minigames.

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]

Throughout the Game & Watch Gallery series, Toad has been featured in nearly all of the installments. In the Modern versions of most of the games, he is a non-playable character. He usually cries when something bad happens to him that causes the player to get a miss.

Game & Watch Gallery[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery, Toad appears in the Modern versions of two games. In Manhole, Toad is one of the pedestrians that Yoshi must prevent from falling into the water. In Fire, Toad is one of the characters that the Mario Bros. must rescue from Princess Peach's burning castle.

Game & Watch Gallery 2[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 2, Toad appears in the Modern versions of two games. In Parachute, Toad is one of the characters that Mario must catch. Toad opens his parachute right after jumping from the flying ship. In Helmet, at 500 and 1,000 points, Toad appears at the right door's entrance to invite the player to the next area.

Game & Watch Gallery 3[edit]

Toad in the Modern version of Turtle Bridge

In Game & Watch Gallery 3, Toad is the protagonist of the Modern version of Turtle Bridge, based on the Game & Watch game of the same name. This game involves Toad delivering packages from Mario to Princess Peach (who both stand on opposite sides of a castle) while crossing a bridge full of Goonies. The game is played by having Toad deliver the various items (from left to right) while jumping on the various Goonies that appear in the sky, and he must also avoid falling while in the air.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, Toad appears in the Modern versions of three games. In Rain Shower, Toad appears as one of the characters that Mario must protect from Bowser's water balloons, appearing on a swing beside the hammock in the upper left. In Mario's Cement Factory, Toad packages any Yoshi Cookies made on the right conveyor belt. If the player overfills any of the tanks, the batter will spill on one of the packing boxes, causing Toad to sob and the player to get a miss. Toad also reprises his role in Fire.

Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

Luigi's Mansion model
“You know... I never noticed how cute those red polka dots look on top!”
Luigi (using the Game Boy Horror), Luigi's Mansion

In Luigi's Mansion, Toad appears among the several Toads found throughout the mansion,[1] although the specific one that is Toad is unknown. The first of them appears in the foyer of the mansion where he can be seen crying. After Luigi comforts him, he informs Luigi that he was sent by Princess Peach in search of Mario in the mansion. However, the Toad states that upon entering the mansion, he became frightened as he could not find Mario. He then decides to help Luigi in his search for Mario by saving the hero's progress. Other Toads can be found in several different locations throughout the game: the second floor Balcony, the first floor Washroom, and the Courtyard. Toad himself is also the one who calls Luigi through the middle telephone in the Telephone Room during the blackout.[2]

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon[edit]

Artwork of a frightened Toad and Luigi in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Toad appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. In the game, he and four other Toads (blue, yellow, purple, and green) are researching ghosts in various different mansions by playing the role of Professor E. Gadd's assistants. Once King Boo shatters the Dark Moon, all the ghosts in Evershade Valley get hostile and imprison Toad and the others in paintings. It is revealed that Toad was imprisoned in a painting within the Haunted Towers.

Sometime later, Luigi arrives at the Haunted Towers, and eventually finds the painting of Toad. Using his Poltergust 5000 and flashlight, Luigi was able to rescue Toad out of the painting he was imprisoned in. After being saved, Toad is overjoyed with gratitude and calls Luigi a hero. As the duo continue on to the outer part of the Haunted Towers, they run into The Three Sisters by accident. Toad becomes frightened and attempts to escape the scene, but his means of an exit through a gate is unfortunately sealed immediately in the scene. Throughout the battle, Toad appears frightened of the surrounding ghosts.

Toad embracing Luigi in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

After The Three Sisters have been defeated, Toad continues to accompany Luigi through the area. Luigi is able to pull in Toad with the Poltergust 5000 and able to launch him from the vacuum in certain directions. Upon being launched, Toad is able to make a powerful impact with any object he comes into contact with by the force; as a result, being able to reveal secret areas and items. Toad also reveals his fear of deep bodies of water within the adventure (promptly having Luigi carry him over such bodies of water). After the two find a computer with access to Professor E. Gadd's lab within the Haunted Towers, Toad gives his thanks to Luigi and teleports back to the lab.

In the ending, Toad along with the other Toad assistants teleport to the post-battle scene with the pieces of the Dark Moon in their arms. Toad himself hands Luigi the central piece upon reaching the group consisting of Luigi, Mario, and Professor E. Gadd. As Luigi and the Toads hold up the pieces of the dark moon to the sky, the pieces shine brightly and form a new Dark Moon. With the moon in place, the previously mind corrupted ghosts revert back to their peaceful ways and celebrate with the heroes. The ghosts even go onward to giving Toad and the other Toads rides on them. In the final scene, Toad joins the Mario Bros., Professor E. Gadd, and several ghosts for a group picture. Within the ending credits, it is revealed the ghosts have truly gone back to their happier states and even reveal to be on friendly terms with Toad and co.

Whenever Toad walks, his footsteps make squeaky sounds. This is a possible reference to the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 television series where Toad always made squeaky sounds when he walked.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

Luigi holds Toad after freeing him from a painting in Luigi's Mansion 3

Toad (alongside Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, a blue Toad, and a yellow Toad) visits the Last Resort in Luigi's Mansion 3, driving the bus for the rest of the group to the location. Upon arriving at the Grand Lobby, the Toads can be seen handling Peach's luggage. When the luggage collapses, and the blue Toad gets stuck between the bags, Toad rushes in to try and pull him out. After everyone has checked in, hotel owner Hellen Gravely personally escorts them to their rooms on the fifth floor. The following night, everybody except Luigi, including Toad, is turned into a painting by King Boo. When Luigi himself narrowly avoids the same fate and meets up with E. Gadd, he asks for the professor's help in rescuing his trapped friends and family.

Later on, Luigi reaches The Great Stage and finds Toad's portrait being guarded by Amadeus Wolfgeist. After defeating Amadeus, Luigi frees Toad from the painting and brings him to E. Gadd to stay in his lab. However, while Luigi is exploring the upper floors of the hotel, E. Gadd sends Toad to recover an upgrade for the Poltergust G-00 in the Boilerworks and loses contact with him. E. Gadd informs Luigi of this when the latter needs the upgrade to progress through the Spectral Catch, so Luigi returns to the Boilerworks to rescue Toad and recover the needed equipment. During the ensuing escort mission, multiple teams of ghosts will attempt to capture Toad. If the lead Slinker of any given team manages to escape with Toad, the player receives a Game Over. Luigi manages to return Toad safe and sound to the lab and have the upgrade added to the Poltergust.

Toad remains safe in the lab until after Luigi rescues Mario in the Master Suite, at which point King Boo finds the lab and captures E. Gadd and the Toads. King Boo takes them to the rooftop, where he tries to trap the entire group in a single painting, only for Luigi to avoid capture once again thanks to the timely intervention of Polterpup. After Luigi defeats King Boo and the hotel collapses, Luigi frees everyone from the group painting, and the group works together to help the now friendly ghosts build a new hotel where the old one stood. Toad again drives the bus as the group bids E. Gadd and the ghosts farewell as they return home.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

The kidnapping of Toad and Luigi in the intro for Super Princess Peach

In the intro of Super Princess Peach, Toad is kidnapped along with Mario and Luigi by the Hammer Bros. They are soon transported to Bowser's castle where he locks the three in the dungeon. The lead Hammer Bro refers to Toad as "a mushroom-headed loud-mouth" when he informs Bowser of the captures. In the ending of the game, Toad is seen to be rescued by Peach and during the credits, he along with the princess, Mario, Luigi, and another Toad (who Peach rescued earlier on in Bowser's Castle) can be seen walking back to Peach's Castle through a starlit sky.

Toad also appears as a playable character in two of the mini-games. The first minigame is Toad Jump, which involves a side-scrolling world where Toad must jump over enemies and pits. The only way to control him in this minigame is through blowing into the Nintendo DS's mic. If he is hit by an enemy or falls in a hole, it will trigger an instant loss in the game. The other minigame is named Toad Tote which involves Toad being trapped in a maze-like area that is engulfed in flames with the goal of the mini-game being to help Toad to escape. In the minigame, Toad is controlled utilizing the Stylus and he must avoid the obstacles in the maze which could burn him.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Pixel Toad

Toad makes an appearance in the post-credits scene of the Wii U version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, taken from the opening cutscene of Super Mario 3D World. In all versions of the game, including the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS versions, he also makes several cameo appearances under the form of "Pixel Toad", a pixelated version of himself which resembles his sprite from Super Mario Maker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) instruction manual. Page 6.
  2. ^ "Whew! It's me, Toad! I don't know what I would have done if a ghost had answered!" — Toad via telephone in the Telephone Room, Luigi's Mansion