Nintendo Direct shows that the 3DS has a lot more life than we expected from it


Yesterday at 10AM EST Nintendo streamed their Nintendo Direct, showcasing their 2016 and 2017 lineup for the Nintendo 3DS games. Along the way, Nintendo dropped some bombs, with surprised announcements for games not previously shown.

Among those premiered, the biggest surprise for me was Super Mario Maker for the 3DS.


No longer confined to your living room (or that quiet sitdown inside your bathroom), the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker allows you take the game on the go and create levels at any time. It will also feature all the tools and course parts found on the Wii U version, except the Mystery Mushroom and Mario costumes, which are exclusive to the Wii U.

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Super Mario Maker gives you 100 built-in courses designed by Nintendo right out of the box, and medal challenges for collecting all coins or defeating all enemies before reaching the goal.

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Although having Super Mario Maker on the 3DS makes it portable, it does have its downsides. Gone will be the ability to search for individual courses using the course ID as well as being able to upload your courses online for others to play.  In turn, you will be able to play the Mario 100 challenge with random courses selected from ones uploaded by other players as well as recommended courses.

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As noted on the Nintendo Direct, the emphasis of Super Mario Maker 3DS is bringing players together with their local friends. This becomes more evident with the ability to share courses via local wireless and Street Pass.


The ability to share incomplete courses via local wireless with your friends has been added to team up. Also, those courses will be marked with a special icon to commemorate your collaboration, as shown in the Nintendo Direct.


Super Mario Maker will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS on December 2nd.


You can watch the Nintendo Direct for September 1st here


2 comments on “Nintendo Direct shows that the 3DS has a lot more life than we expected from it”

    1. Regardless of what the NX ends up being, it is encouraging for 3DS owners that there are games to look forward to this year and the next. Here’s hoping that Nintendo finds a way to put Splatoon on the 3DS with gyro controls and multiplayer gaming!

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