Nintendo Explains Why Super Mario Maker Courses Are Removed

Ever since Super Mario Maker was released, there has been talk of levels being suddenly removed out of nowhere. The user isn’t breaking any rules, the level doesn’t use any glitches and nothing untoward is going on… it’s just yanked from the server. Guesses have included Nintendo removing levels by banned Miiverse users and said levels being removed due to poor design.

But now, Nintendo has finally released on a statement on the matter. The reason?

Because they apparently break some rules for the game. Here’s their point in full:

A Course I Uploaded Seems to Have Disappeared. Where Did it Go? (Super Mario Maker)

Answer: Unfortunately, we sometimes have to delete courses from Course World. Below are cases where courses can be removed from the server:

Low stars/plays

After a fixed period of time, courses with low stars/plays will be automatically deleted from the server.


Courses that include bugs that were unintended by either the course creator or the developers will be deleted. It’s important that we remove levels with bugs quickly, because letting these levels remain in Course World can lead to negative outcomes for many players such as players experiencing levels in unfair ways that the original course creator did not intend, or re-writing “World Record” times.

Requesting stars from other users

Courses that are explicitly asking for stars from other players will be deleted. For example, users are unable to use words “Like”, “Yeah!”, and the “★” symbol in their course names. Please change the course name when saving a course that includes these words.

Inappropriate Content

Courses that contain something inappropriate, such as offensive language or phrases will be deleted.
Other behavior in violation of the Nintendo Network Code of Conduct. Please note that repeated violations can result in additional penalties

But does this make sense? Does this clear up any questions about removed courses?

Well to be honest, no it doesn’t. Okay, courses removed for being rarely played/liked, that makes some sense. As does ones removed for bugs, and the (likely very few) removed for like farming.

But can someone seriously tell me how a level can have inappropriate content?

This ain’t Lunar Magic or Super Mario Bros X. You can’t import content into the game, at least as far as graphics, music or sprite behaviour goes. And with your limited options… well, you’re not gonna be competing with Super Mario World Dark Horizon or Panic in the Mushroom Kingdom any time soon:

So you have to wonder don’t you? How can people add ‘offensive phrases’ in? Do they write six screens of giant block text say ‘fuck you’? Either way, you’d have a lot of trouble trying to attack ideas or individuals in a level editor with no text functionality and no way to add custom graphics or sounds in.

I think something else has to be going on here. These answers given can’t explain everything.


Nintendo of America Support Page for Super Mario Maker


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4 years ago

Someone could make sexual body parts out of blocks or coins. I haven't seen it, but I know there's a lot of creative people, so who knows.