Well, we can add one more odd feature omission to the Super Mario Maker port coming to 3DS later this year. Along with no online course uploads and a complete lack of amiibo support, the game’s official box art has revealed that it will have no stereoscopic 3D support.

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The mysterious thread connecting all of these strange shortcomings is that they all seem like issues that could be resolved with a little bit of effort. New Super Mario Bros. 2 ran and looked brilliant on 3DS in either 2D or 3D mode. Granted, Super Mario Maker has the potential to have a lot more going on mechanically and visually, it still doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch. If it’s really a matter of processing power, games like Hyrule Warriors Legends have restricted 3D mode to the New 3DS exclusively, leveraging the system’s beefier hardware.

Side-scrolling platformers look fantastic in stereoscopic 3D, that’s what makes this decision really sting. A portable version of Super Mario Maker could have been a no-brainer purchase for any 3DS owner; but with all of these missing features, it’s becoming harder and harder to justify the purchase.

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Written by Brittin Shauers

Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.

Brittin Shauers