Nintendo has dropped the bomb that Dr. Mario World will see an end of service and shut down on November 1, 2021 at 6 a.m. UTC. Likewise, starting tomorrow, July 28, you will no longer be able to purchase diamonds for the game. As Nintendo has explained, “If you start up the Dr. Mario World game after the game’s service has ended, an end-of-service notification will be displayed and you will not be able to play the game. You will be able to look back at your play history in Dr. Mario World Memories, which is a web page that will become available after the game’s service ends.”
Otherwise, Nintendo thanks players for playing Dr. Mario World since its launch in July 2019, and that’s it. The dream of becoming a dinosaur doctor or ghost doctor is over. Nintendo has not discussed the reasoning for why Dr. Mario World will shut down, but inevitably it means the game was not lucrative enough to be worth maintaining service. That’s unfortunate, but these things happen. For what it’s worth though, Mario Kart Tour is continuing to do well, as it surpassed $200M in lifetime revenue back in April.
Back in April, we were also the bearers of bad news that Dragon Quest Rivals Ace was shutting down. But in brighter mobile news, Mega Man X DiVE is officially available domestically now, and Rockman XZ: Time Rift is in development too.
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