Episode 3 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

About game/music

This is “Episode 3” from action puzzle game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014 WiiU/2018 Switch), developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo.
The composers of the game are Mahito Yokota and Naoto Kubo.

The story is that Toad and Toadette found the Power Star during their expedition, but it was stolen by a giant bird Wingo, including Toadette who tried to protect it, and he set out to find them.
In the game, the player searches for Power Stars hidden in a miniature-like setting, using various items placed around the stage and switching perspectives.

This music is played at the stage selection screen in Episode 3, where the story reaches its climax.

Analyzing

bar 1~8

  • Tonic Pedal
    • The base is fixed to I.
    • The sound is controlled and stable, and has a bit of complexity. There is a suppressed elation.
    • other example are below.
      • Boat BudsA Short Hike
      • Mountain Level/Yogurt Yard – Kirby’s Adventure
      • Song of Mana ~Opening Theme~Legend of Mana
        • it may not be called a pedal point because it is so short.
      • Rainbow Road – Mario Kart 7
      • Destination Unknown – Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
      • Clear BreezeSkullgirls
      • The Cursed ShipRagnarok Battle Offline

bar 13~16

  • IV-V-iii-vi, or variants (other TABs include this)
    • Very popular chord progression in Japan, called “王道進行”. It means “popular” or “typical”.
    • examples;
      • Re-Tail – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Melodies Of Life~Final FantasyFINAL FANTASY IX
      • Phoenix HighwayFreedom Planet 2
      • Rainbow Resort – Kirby’s Adventure
      • Ripple Field 1 – Kirby’s Dream Land 3
      • Grass Land – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Apt.102 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Abandoned Beach – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
      • Snowfield – La Tale
      • A Home For Flowers (Empty)OMORI
      • Challenge Go Go!Pocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Slateport CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Route 104Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Rustboro CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Hearthome CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Route 203Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • National Park – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Cianwood City – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Route 26 – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Accumula Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Route 2 – Pokémon Black/White
      • Lacunosa Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Thrifty Megamart – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Island Kahuna) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Hop) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Wyndon – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Cobalt Coastlands – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
      • Purity of your smile – Ragnarok Online
      • Seaside HillSonic Heroes
      • Dear My FriendSonic Unleashed
      • End Of The SummerSonic Runners
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life
      • ShopUNDERTALE
      • Oh! One True LoveUNDERTALE
    • examples in minor key (in this case, bVI-bVII-v-i);
      • Battle! (Rival) – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • The Battle at the Summit! – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Ultra Necrozma) – Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Arven) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Battle! (*spoilerAI Professor) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Magical Snow DaySonic Runners
        • It appears as a modulation from C major to C minor, a parallel key.
      • Desire Drive – 東方神霊廟 ~ Ten Desires.
      • Illusionary White Traveler – 東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
      • The Great Fantastic Underground Railway Network – 東方虹龍洞 ~ Unconnected Marketeers.

bar 20

  • I-I7 or i-I7 (other TABs include this)
    • After resolving to the tonic, it leads smoothly to the following IV (or iv)
    • I7 is sometimes replaced by a diminished 7th chord (#Io7 or other)
    • examples;
      • Boat BudsA Short Hike
      • Thrash MachineDELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Xeno ArcadiaHylics 2
      • Costumes & Colors – Kirby’s Dream Buffet
      • SNES Donut Plains 3 – Mario Kart 8
      • Actor’s AnteroomMELTY BLOOD Actress Again Current Code
      • Challenge Go Go!Pocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Rustboro City – Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Valor LakefrontPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Canalave CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Cianwood City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Pewter City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Iki Town (Day) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Levincia – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life

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