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Create on the go! 'Super Mario Maker' is coming to 3DS just in time for Christmas

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Super Mario Maker was one of the best games of 2015 — and certainly among the best on the Wii U — but you’ll now be able to take the platformer and creation tool with you on the go. Super Mario Maker is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this year

Announced during Thursday’s Nintendo Direct event, Super Mario Maker on 3DS is designed to supplement the Wii U version instead of replacing it. The game comes preloaded with 100 Nintendo-designed levels, and includes the famous “100 Mario Challenge,” as well as a selection of the best Wii U levels. We’re hoping that the “Ryckoning” and “Klepocalypse” make an appearance.

Some Wii U-created levels will not be available on the smaller system, though Nintendo didn’t specify exactly what would keep them from making the jump. The game also ditches the “Course ID” system used on the Wii U version to simplify searching, which may eliminate the ability to use the web-based “bookmark” tool to save levels for later.

Super Mario Maker for the 3DS isn’t focused on sharing creations online. Instead,  you’re encouraged to go out and share them with real-life friends or find hidden gems via StreetPass.

Super Mario Maker launched to critical acclaim when it first hit the Wii U last September, with wonderful player-created levels available across the original Super Mario Bros., as well as Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. In our review, we called it “exceptionally well-designed” and “effective in spurring creativity and ensuring that long design sessions are fun throughout.” It also remains the perfect game for sadists, as some truly dastardly creations have been uploaded over the last year, capable of destroying any hope of world peace.

Super Mario Maker launches on the 3DS on December 2. It doesn’t appear to be limited to the “New Nintendo 3DS” system.

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