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November 2020

Super Mario Maker To Be Discontinued

Super Mario MakerIt's been a good run for Super Mario Maker for the Nintendo Wii U, but after five years, one port to the Nintendo 3DS, and a sequel for the Switch, it's almost time to say goodbye.  Nintendo announced this morning that effective March 31, 2021 that the game will no longer allow players to upload new courses to share with other players and that the game's website bookmark feature will also cease to be.  The game is also scheduled for delisting from the eShop on January 12, 2021.  Upload 'em while you've got 'em, folks.  This is last call.

As of March 31, 2021, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U system. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close. As a result, Super Mario Maker for the Wii U system will be removed from Nintendo eShop on January 12, 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 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.

It will still be possible to play courses that were uploaded before the course upload feature was discontinued, and to redownload the game after its removal from Nintendo eShop. There will be no impact on the Super Mario Maker 2 game for the Nintendo Switch system.

We would like to thank all players for supporting Super Mario Maker on Wii U over the past five years.

It's a shame to see it end, but Nintendo is fully committed to the Switch and likely sees that the Wii U version of the game has a dwindling player base as time goes on and does not want to shoulder the costs and maintenance needs of continuing to run the service.  Players will still be able to download previously uploaded levels after the cutoff date.  I created sixteen levels which was an exciting project when the game was new, but I haven't been able to get myself into creating new levels for Super Mario Maker 2.  I feel as though I got everything out of my system with the first game and am now simply content to play levels created by other people.

Power Button - Episode 321: You Are Cordially Invited...

Power ButtonWe have a very special double-length podcast for you this week as my wife joins us to discuss our recent wedding that was packed full of hidden video game references.  From the Borderlands vault symbol arch to the stomping of the Goomba glass to the Super Mario pixel art in my tie, we tell you all about how we slipped video games into our wedding in ways that you wouldn't notice unless you were in on the joke.  All of our favorites are there including The Legend of Zelda, Untitled Goose Game, Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog, and so many more.  Of course, my Best Man Marcus Dunderheim Blake Grundman has plenty of stories to share from that day too including what he thought when I arrived at the venue in an authentic Doc Brown Back to the Future DeLorean.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, Amazon Music Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way.