Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Maker for the Wii U has been discontinued, which will come into effect at different times early next year. The main event will take place on March 31, 2021, where it will no longer be possible to upload new courses to the Wii U Mario Maker title. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also shut down. It will still be possible to play courses that were uploaded before the service was disconnected, but you won't be able to upload anything new.
To prepare for the discontinuation of those online services, Super Mario Maker Wii U will be removed from sale on the Nintendo eShop on January 13, 2021. However, players will still be able to re-download the game after that date.
Nintendo notes that it's possible that the services mentioned will be discontinued earlier than the "above-mentioned date", so it looks like the Sword of Damocles is hanging over anyone who still is playing the Wii U version of Super Mario Maker.
Which Services Will End?
Nintendo included a quick too long didn't read (TLDR) that quickly explains what's happening. Here is what is going to be taken down:
- The ability to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U
- The Super Mario Maker Bookmark website
Due to this, the following features within the software’s Course World will also become unavailable:
- Updating the ranking of liked courses
- Looking up your bookmarked courses
An error message will be displayed when trying to access these discontinued services after their end date.
It's also important to note that Super Mario Maker 2 will be unaffected by the shutdown of the first title, which is available for the Nintendo Switch on both the eShop and as a physical copy wherever Nintendo Switch games are sold.
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