When it launched on September 10, 2015, Super Mario Maker was one of the finest games available for Wii U. Players around the globe united to unleash their collective genius. They constructed spectacular stages and shared them with anyone else who bought the game and took it online. There ain’t no party like a Mario Party, and that party didn’t stop. Until now.
Nintendo has announced it will no longer allow players to upload additional Super Mario Maker courses for the Wii U. You can find confirmation on the eShop listing. The game’s supporting website will also close. Anticipating this unfortunate turn of events, Nintendo also plans to remove the title from the Nintendo eShop by January 12, 2021.
“For players who purchased the game digitally prior to its removal,” Nintendo reassures concerned individuals, “it will still be possible to redownload the game after this date.”
After March 31, you can no longer upload Super Mario Maker courses. After that point, you can’t update rankings for courses you liked in the “Course World” feature. Sure, you still get to play courses other players uploaded, for an undetermined period. But what then?
Publishers large and small have been closing servers and removing multiplayer features for years. This is nothing new, but that knowledge provides little comfort. Super Mario Maker is an exceptional case because there are so many amazing courses available and they added such value to the core experience. The ability to continue playing those courses diminishes the sting, but the community thrived because players could joyously interact. Their shared passion was part of the experience. Its absence will leave a hole that all the spaghetti and meatballs in the world can never fill.
Super Mario Maker on Wii U was followed eventually by Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, which draws courses from a pool of those created by Wii U players. The newer release didn’t allow players to upload their courses to the internet, or to search by course ID. Play it today if you want a preview of how it will feel to play the Wii U edition in a few months. Or play Super Mario Maker 2 on the Nintendo Switch, which is unimpacted by today’s news. That’s probably the better investment.
Though the original (and some might say still the best) Super Mario Maker game takes a hit in several weeks, there’s time to create and share new courses. There’s time to find and rate new favorites, to marvel at the ingenuity and grit your teeth as you try to clear levels you’ll swear are impossible. While you’re at it, why not see if you can top the “Plumber Goes Right” course I created a few years back? The video embedded below shows you what you’re up against. The level’s gimmick: it’s most easily cleared by simply holding the Right button on your controller. Have you created any levels you’d like to brag about here? Please do!