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Super Mario Maker being removed from Wii U eShop, course uploading set to be discontinued

*sad mama-mia noises*

4.02 million people own the original Super Mario Maker for Wii U, but how many actually still play it? With the sequel having been released for Switch last year, Nintendo has decided to pull the plug on it's predecessor.

First, the game will be removed from the Wii U eShop on January 13th, 2021. It will still be downloadable for those who have purchased it, but future sales will be prohibited. Then, on March 31st, 2021, the same day that Super Mario 35 and Super Mario 3D All-Stars are being yanked from the Switch eShop, Nintendo will terminate the ability to upload courses to Super Mario Marker. It's been a good 5 years, but it's time to say, as Mario himself would put it, "bye-bye."

Discontinuation of certain services

From March 31st 2021, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close.

It will still be possible to play courses uploaded before the service discontinuation.

In preparation for the discontinuation of these online services, Super Mario Maker for Wii U will be removed from sale on Nintendo eShop on January 13th 2021. It will still be possible to redownload the game after this date.

There is no impact on Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch.

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

Planned service end date: March 31st 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 Super Mario Maker for Wii U
- 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.

Putting Super Mario Maker 2's Japanese launch sales in perspective

A surefire hit

Super Mario Maker 2's first week of sales in Japan brought in 196,153 units sold, which was more than enough to take the #1 spot for the week. Keep in mind, this is the first week figure, but it actually just accounts for 3 days' worth of data. Just how does that total measure up to the first week sales for its predecessor?

Super Mario Maker on Wii U managed to move 143,514 units in its first week, and the 3DS port sold 160,016 at launch. As you can see the Switch version had no problem trumping the sales for the previous installment.

Super Mario Maker 2's first week of retail sales in the UK nearly double what the original pulled in

Even more good news for the UK launch

As you guys saw earlier in the week, Super Mario Maker 2 took the top spot in the UK retail charts for the week. Switch owners were eager to get their hands on Mario's latest, and considerably more people snatched up this game over its predecessor. In the first week of retail sales in the UK, Super Mario Maker 2 nearly doubled the amount that Super Mario Maker sold in its first week. It's almost like the Switch is a bit more popular than the Wii U!

Super Mario Maker stages created in the Wii U/3DS versions cannot be transferred to Super Mario Maker 2

Starting from scratch

If you created stages you absolutely loved in Super Mario Maker on Wii U or 3DS, we're sad to tell you that those stages will stay put on the platforms where they were created. Nintendo confirmed that stages created in Super Mario Maker Wii U/3DS cannot be played or imported into Super Mario Maker 2. This is due to the inclusion of multiple new features and items in Super Mario Maker 2.

Super Mario Maker - version updates for Wii U/3DS available

Ver. 1.47 for Wii U

- Accompanying the ending of the Miiverse service, new comments can no longer be added and existing comments can no longer be viewed on uploaded courses. Courses can still be uploaded, played, and evaluated.
- A number of issues have been fixed to make for a pleasant playing experience.

Version 1.04 for 3DS

- A number of issues have been fixed to make for a pleasant playing experience.

Super Mario Maker - Nintendo World Championships 2017 Event Course now available

Did you think Nintendo was done with Super Mario Maker? Well think again, as they've just added in a Nintendo World Championships Event Course! You can fire up your Wii U right now and give the course a go!

Super Mario Maker - Version 1.46 now available

Ver. 1.46

- Addressed an issue that caused text in the e-manual to display incorrectly.
- A number of issues have been fixed to make for a pleasant playing experience.

Super Mario Maker level creator finally beats his own creation after 480 hours of attempts

If you're still playing Super Mario Maker, you can now get out there and try the level above. The creator has spent 481 hours trying to beat it, all so it could finally be uploaded online for others to try. Now that's some insane dedication!

Super Mario Maker level creator has spent 1,500 hours trying to beat his own creation

You're looking at a trailer for Trials of Death, a user-created level in Super Mario Maker. The creator of the level is ChainChompBraden, and he's spend a ridiculous amount of time on his creation. As you most likely know, you can't upload a level to Super Mario Maker until you beat it yourself. ChainChompBraden made such a tough level that he's spent 1,500 hours trying to beat it, and it still hasn't happened.

"When I began, I knew this would be a long journey, but even I wasn't expecting it to turn into this long of a grind. A lot of people wonder how I have the patience for this and one of the most helpful things is that I never go into a session thinking 'Today is going to be the day' or 'I'll have this done by this point in time.'"

Hopefully one day we'll all get to try ChainChompBraden's creation. Until then, he's going to keep trying his best to tackle his own monster.

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