In a tweet posted Tuesday, Nintendo announced an end of service date for their mobile game Dr. Mario World. Service for the game will cease on October 31, 2021.
Dr. Mario World launched in July of 2019 as a free-to-play entry in the long-running puzzle franchise, becoming Nintendo’s second mobile release behind Super Mario Run. Unfortunately, the game received fairly mixed reviews upon release, with most critics and players alike chastising Nintendo for including an overabundance of microtransactions and changing up some of the core gameplay design that everyone has loved since the 1990 original.
This poor reception wasn’t unwarranted, either, as the game certainly leaned on some of free-to-play gaming’s worst features to the point of feeling predatory. Immensely challenging levels often felt almost insurmountable without paying, leading to many fans being unwilling to cave in and shell out money for what they felt like was already a mediocre experience.
Even so, Dr. Mario World has reached 5 million global downloads and has its fair share of dedicated players, which makes sense considering Nintendo hasn’t released a Dr. Mario game for the Nintendo Switch. While it’s little consolation, the company has promised to open a Dr. Mario World Memories website that will display gameplay history for nostalgic players to look back on.