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Vos’ Corner: Toad!

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Greetings Everyone!  We wanted to share a great forum post made by reader and occasional podcast guest Vos5.  He dedicated a very thorough visual history of Mario’s rarely beloved sidekick Toad.

GH101 is proud to present: Toad!

They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. with their infamous line, “Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!” They played the same role in the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, known as The Lost Levels in the U.S.

In the American Super Mario Bros. 2, Toad was playable for the first time, where he was the fastest of all the characters! However, he didn’t jump as well as the others.

Super Mario Bros. 3, is where Toad houses are introduced and Toad gives you items and extra lives.

Actually, much to my surprise, Toad already starred in his first game in Wario’s Woods on the NES and SNES! Toad steps up with the help of Birdo and Sprite/Wanda to kick Wario’s ass! It’s a puzzle game and is available on the 3DS and Wii U virtual consoles.

He’s in Super Mario 64 explaining the backstory and giving hints for the rest of the game. In the remake Super Mario 64 DS he serves the same purpose but also makes comments about whoever you’re playing as. “What?! You’re Luigi? The world’s most inept least charismatic brother? Wow! Can you introduce me to Mario?” or “Huh…? Who are you? Oh, yes… Luigi, right? You’re always in Mario’s shadow, so I didn’t recognize you at first.”
You know, Toad’s kind of a dick.

In Luigi’s Mansion, Toad serves as save points.

Toads appear in Super Mario Sunshine as Peach’s attendants. Toadsworth’s first appearance.

Super Mario Galaxy has a wonderful place called Toad Town, full of happy little Toads, and it introduced the Toad Brigade and Captain Toad. Toadettte also shows up in the intro. Captain Toad and the Toad Brigade are also in the sequel.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, blue and yellow Toads are playable. The red Toad isn’t playable, be he does run the Toad houses, and he gets himself into trouble so Mario can save him in various levels.

He is also in Super Mario 3D Land where, after you save him at the end of World One, he runs Toad houses and uncovers secrets in the levels.

Again in New Super Mario Bros. 2, Toad runs the Toad houses.

In Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad and a blue Toad are playable in various parts of the game. Blue Toad, much like in Super Mario Bros. 2, is the fastest main character, but the worst jumper.

In Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, five Toads (yellow, red, blue, green, and purple) assist Professor E. Gadd by investigating the mansions. Luigi runs into them throughout the game, and the Toads help him uncover secrets in each mansion.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Toad teaches Mario about his battle skills in the beginning, and has to be saved during multiple times later in the game.

Toad is playable briefly in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga while exploring Mario and Luigi’s house.

In Super Princess Peach, Toad is kidnapped earlier in the game along with Mario and Luigi by the Hammer Bros. However, Toad appears as a playable character in two of the minigames in the game.

Ugh! Never look up “Super Princess Peach Toad” in any image search. SO MUCH HORRIFYING PORN!

Toad is in Super Paper Mario telling Mario and Luigi that Princess Peach has been kidnapped, in the mini-game Mansion Patrol, and Toad is one of the 256 Catch Cards.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, a mysterious infection called “The Blorbs” causes the Toads to inflate to many times their normal size and roll around uncontrollably.

He’s in every installment of Mario Kart (Toadette being introduced in Double Dash!!), every Mario Party as the host for the first four, and playable in the rest, Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged, Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, as playable Mini Toads in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Toad referees.
In its sequel, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Toad is in the adventure mode and hosts.
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Toad hosts again and is also a main character in the 3DS version’s story mode.

He is in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as a sticker, trophy, and an attack for Peach).

Written by Fred Rojas

October 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

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