For the second time in his Mario Maker career, a well-known Mario Maker creator and speedrunner has had one of creations deleted with little warning or explanation. David "GrandPOOBear" Hunt's level, "Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G," is a super-hard level that seems to have disappeared for seemingly arbitrary reasons with no apparent appeal process.
In a Twitter post today, Hunt announced his level had been deleted, and in subsequent tweets, shared the email he eventually received from Nintendo. In it, it says its violation is "inappropriate and/or harmful content."
This is the email I received. There is no appeal process.- GrandPOObear (@GrandPOOBear) July 16, 2019
I honestly feel like shit right now and kinda heartbroken. I love this game. I'm a good ambassador for it. Why does Nintendo continue to pick on me? pic.twitter.com/Fp57WPc66b
In an email to USgamer, Hunt says he believes it's due to mass reporting of his level, which was responsible for a similar situation in the first Super Mario Maker that saw most of his levels disappear. Hunt says he hasn't checked yet, but he is "pretty sure" there's no way to reupload the course either; and with no apparent appeal process, it seems like one of the most popular high-level Super Mario Maker 2 courses has been lost the wind for little reason.
When asked about whether this would affect his playing Super Mario Maker 2 in the future, Hunt says he doesn't know yet. "Playing Mario is my job, its my career, so it's not like I can just not play Maker," Hunt says. "But as of this moment I do not have much desire to upload any levels and I would be lying if I said I was excited to play the game today as I was yesterday. I just feel like I got punched in the gut, mostly."
We reached out to Nintendo for comment, but did not receive a response by the time of publication. If you'd like to check out Hunt's level for yourself, you can still watch his narrated playthrough of the level beat-by-beat on his YouTube channel.
Other creators have spoken out in support of Hunt, with some followers offering differing theories for why the level could have been deleted. He has confirmed that in talking to Nintendo representatives in the past, the "POO" in his name is not the issue (it's actually a reference to the character Poo from EarthBound). Another points out the "Yoshi killing machine" section, though that seems equally implausible given that many, many Mario levels involve ditching a Yoshi in a pit at some point.
A level has now disappeared with little reason given and seemingly little recourse to take. The kicker is that this is a big-name streamer, with a prominent presence in the scene. If there's little hope for his level, it makes you wonder how effectively any of Nintendo's systems are for dealing with the wrongful or arbitrary deletion of an average Mario Maker player's levels.