Another day, another announcement of a Nintendo product disappearing next year. Except, unlike Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, the reasons behind Super Mario Maker’s upcoming removal from the Wii U eShop make at least some sense.
This is because the course uploading feature in Super Mario Maker will be removed on March 31, 2021. From that point on it’ll effectively work like the 3DS version, allowing you to play existing courses, but not upload new ones online.
The game will actually be delisted a few months before, on January 13, 2021. Re-downloading your existing digital copies will still be possible at least, and physical copies can usually still be found for purchase.
A full statement from Nintendo is available via the UK eShop:
Discontinuation of certain services
From March 31st 2021, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close.
It will still be possible to play courses uploaded before the service discontinuation.
In preparation for the discontinuation of these online services, Super Mario Maker for Wii U will be removed from sale on Nintendo eShop on January 13th 2021. It will still be possible to redownload the game after this date.
There is no impact on Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch.
We would like to thank all players for supporting Super Mario Maker for Wii U over the past five years.
Planned service end date: March 31st 2021
Please note that depending on the circumstances, these services may be discontinued earlier than the above-mentioned date.
Services that will end
- 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.
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