Super Mario Maker 1 Online Services Shutting Down Next Year
Nintendo is delisting the game from the Wii U eShop in January and shutting down its online services in March.
Nintendo is discontinuing online services for the original Super Mario Maker on Wii U, the company has announced. Players will no longer be able to upload courses in the game or access the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website as of March 31, 2021.
Ahead of these features' shutdown, Nintendo is also delisting Super Mario Maker from the Wii U eShop. You will no longer be able to purchase a digital copy of the game through the system's storefront as of January 12, 2021.
Beginning on 3/31, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in #SuperMarioMaker for #WiiU. Please see the link below for more information. Thank you to all the players for supporting the Wii U version of the Super Mario Maker game since 2015!https://t.co/aPtUh8QVd6 pic.twitter.com/bZahjD3yK7— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 25, 2020
Although players will no longer be able to share new courses in the game next year, Nintendo says they will still be able to play courses that were previously uploaded. Anyone who has already purchased the game digitally on the system will also be able to redownload it even after it is delisted from the eShop.
The original Super Mario Maker was first released for Wii U in 2015. The game was later ported to 3DS the following year, although that version notably lacked the ability to share courses online. A sequel, Super Mario Maker 2, released for Nintendo Switch in 2019. Nintendo clarifies that Mario Maker 2 will not be impacted by the aforementioned shutdown.
Although Nintendo is sunsetting the original Mario Maker, you can pick up its sequel at a good price this week if you haven't already. Super Mario Maker 2 is one of many first-party Switch games getting a nice discount at various retailers as part of their Black Friday 2020 sales.
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