The Game Is Set to Be Removed From the Wii U’s Shop Early Next Year
Nintendo is determined to make March 31 the lamest day in gaming history. In celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo announced back in September the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario 35, and Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Along with these announcements came the inevitable doom date for the three titles, March 31. After March 31, you will no longer be able to find Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., or Super Mario 3D All-Stars in stores–3D All-Stars also won’t be available to be purchased digitally. Mario 35, the online battle royale will be shutting down its servers and won’t even be playable for those who already have it installed.
Well, Nintendo has just announced another Mario title to add to the chopping block, the original Super Mario Maker. The Wii U originally made its debut in September 2015, right in time for the plumber’s 30th anniversary. The game gave players an experience many have dreamed of for decades–the ability to make your own custom Mario levels.
Players were able to upload and download levels online, to compete with players around the world for the best records and hardest designs. Well, on March 31st, players will no longer be able to upload their course. In addition to that the game will no longer be available for purchase from the Wii U’s store starting on January 12, 2021. This shouldn’t come as a massive surprise considering the fact that Nintendo has moved on from their last gen system, and have since released a sequel in the form of Super Mario Maker 2.
Here is a complete list of the upcoming changes taken from Nintendo’s website:
Services that will end
- The ability to upload courses in the Wii U version of Super Mario Maker
- 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.
Keep in mind that it will still be possible to play courses that were uploaded before the course upload feature was discontinued, and players will be able to redownload the game after its removal from the Nintendo eShop.
Although Super Mario Maker 2 is now available on Nintendo Switch and includes a variety of new content in addition to much of the core gameplay features from the first title, the Wii U’s Super Mario Maker still has a very dedicated fan base with many fans preferring it over the seemingly improved, Super Mario Maker 2.
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