Super Mario Maker Wii U Online Services Discontinued After March 31, 2021
The death of Mario on March 31st continues as Nintendo discontinues online services for Super Mario Maker on Wii U.
In a post from Nintendo Support, online services for the Wii U’s Super Mario Maker will be discontinued after March 31, 2021.
This means you won’t be able to upload courses and use the Super Mario Maker Bookmark site. Additionally, the option to look up bookmarked courses and update your ranking of courses you liked. Prior to that March date, the game will be taken off the Nintendo eShop on January 12, 2021. For those that play the Wii U version, you can still play courses uploaded before March 31 and redownload the game before January 12. Nintendo also points out that these changes won’t affect Super Mario Maker 2 on the Switch.
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
Super Mario Maker first launched on the Wii U in 2015 and it let players create their own 2D Mario courses. A sequel to the game released in 2019 on Nintendo Switch. Mario Maker 2 sold over two million copies in its first month. Additionally, it had four million courses uploaded by July 2019.
The original Wii U game going offline on March 31, 2021 is yet another Mario game affected on that day. Super Mario 35, a battle royale spin on Super Mario Bros, is scheduled to shut down that day. The Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, which includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, is also available till March 31. Additionally, the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros system is available till then too. It’s unclear for any of these announcements if they’ll be extended beyond that date or not. For Mario 3D All-Stars though, the plan probably worked out for Nintendo since the collection was the second-best-selling game on Amazon once preorders went up.
Super Mario Maker 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch. The original Wii U game is still available to download until January 12, 2021. Stay tuned to DualShockers for more news on Nintendo and anything else that could go offline on March 31, 2021.