Was the invention of the wheel a needed step for society to go on? IIRC, most sources say it's an individual invention that just spread, probably originated around Ukraine a lot of time ago. The wheel was never a thing in the Americas before european conquest, so, do you think had they been left alone, would they eventually had to come up with it?
Most likely yes, that's a a necessary step. Technical and scientific advance was largely depending on free flow of ideas. That flow went around trade routes which were dependent on ships and wagons. Without large scale trade, progress would bog down, which seems to be the case with Mesoamerican civilizations.
The truth is however even weirder. Mesoamericans actually did know the wheel. They simply used them in children's toys and never got the idea to use them for transportation.
It wasn't that mesoericans never got the idea; they didn't have large domesticated animals to pull carts so rather than have people pull them they chose to simply cut down the amount of stuff to be carried and have runners do it quickly or large, slow trains of slaves for what couldn't be moved quickly.