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Dr. Mario World servers will shut down on November, 2021

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Dr. Mario World, the mobile game adaptation of the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, will soon be signing off.

Nintendo quietly announced an End of Service Notice on the Dr. Mario World website. “Thank you for playing the Dr. Mario World game,” reads the statement. “The Dr. Mario World game’s service will end on Nov. 1, 2021 (Mon). We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has played the game since it began service on July 10, 2019.” Starting Wednesday, July 28, 2021, players can no longer purchase the game’s in-game currency, diamonds. After the end of service date, players will no longer be able to continue playing the game. When opening the app after Nov. 1, an end-of-service notification will pop up. Players can still look back at their play history in the website’s Memories section.

Dr. Mario World was among the mobile games Nintendo ventured into in 2019. It took its notable games such as Fire EmblemMario KartSuper Mario, and Animal Crossing to mobile, seeing how lucrative the mobile gaming market is compared to consoles. However, it didn’t translate to much success, as critics pointed out how predatory Nintendo’s mobile games’ microtransactions were. Hence, in June 2020, Nintendo announced that they will be stepping back from their investments in the mobile gaming market. The shut down of of this game shows how drastic the situation has been for some of Nintendo’s mobile games.