Super Mario Maker has proven a hit with lots of gamers; the ability to easily create your own Mario levels and play millions made by other fans has proven an incredibly enticing offer. But the process hasn’t been without its bumps, particularly when it comes to the deletion of levels. There have been numerous cases of fans finding their levels removed from the online space without any rhyme or reason, and even Nintendo’s own support teams can’t figure out the reason sometimes.
Perhaps this is why Nintendo has just updated their guidelines to include a list of reasons for why courses can be deleted. While this certainly will help in a number of cases, however, many are noting that the rules set forth remain a bit vague in their wording. Here’s the full list, if you’d like to see it for yourself:
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.
A lot of these are conditions we were already aware of, and on the surface they look fine. However, they are still a bit vague, giving no indication of what exactly “low stars/plays” means or what the company considers “inappropriate.” And Nintendo still lacks any clear method of informing creators of the specific reason behind their course’s demise, so there will still likely be fans who lose levels without having any idea of what they’ve done wrong. We can hope that this update will serve to explain things to most Mario Makers, but we’ll have to wait and see if the complaints continue or if they do indeed drop off after this.
What are your thoughts on these guideline updates? Are they fair, or does Nintendo need to do more to help explain things to this fanbase? Give us your thoughts in the comments!