Today, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Maker for Wii U is ending the game’s online course share function on March 31, 2021.
Kotaku has reached out to Nintendo of America but did not hear back prior to publication. Update November 25 - 9:15pm: Nintendo of America confirmed the same announcement to Kotaku. The article and title have been updated to reflect this. Previously only Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Nintendo UK has made the announcement.
Service for website Super Mario Maker Bookmark will also end that same day. The site was launched to help players search for courses and their creators. Because of this, Nintendo says it won’t be possible to look up bookmarked courses in the Wii U version’s Course World. Moreover, the ranking of the liked courses will no longer be updated.
Players can still play Super Mario Maker for Wii U, but the game will be removed from sale on Nintendo eShop on January 13th 2021.
“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,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku in an official statement. “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.”