Nintendo has announced that several core online services for Super Mario Maker on Wii U will shut down next year. The first Super Mario Maker title dropped for Nintendo’s previous home console in 2015, marking nearly five years of service. If you want to buy the game digitally there, you’ll have to be quick.
Starting Jan. 13 2021, Super Mario Maker for Wii U will no longer be purchasable via the eShop. You will be able to re-download and install the title if you already own it, but newcomers will be out of luck. Of course, if you can find it, physical copies will still work. However, the game itself will be severely limited from next March, when Nintendo is disabling the ability to upload courses.
That change takes place March 31, 2021. On that same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close, meaning you won’t be able to update the ranking of liked levels or look up your bookmarked courses. You will still be able to access and play any courses uploaded before this date, but the creation side of the game will be very limited.
This is pretty disappointing, but not exactly surprising. The Wii U is all but dead, and Nintendo has released a sequel to Super Mario Maker on Nintendo Switch, which will remain unchanged. If you are still playing on Wii U, it’s probably a good idea to get those courses uploaded.