Stardew Valley is a Harvest Moon-like that has charmed thousands of players around the world, and its console release has been highly anticipated. Unfortunately, there’s some bad news for Wii U players: while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions got their release date today, the Wii U version didn’t… and there’s a good reason of that.
You’ve probably guessed it by now (don’t mind the fact it’s written clearly in the very title of this post!), but Stardew Valley will not be released on Wii U anymore. The reason for that is simple: looking at the “current gaming landscape”, the decision was made to shift development efforts towards a Nintendo Switch version.
Here’s what ConcernedApe wrote about it:
Stardew Valley will not be coming to the Wii U, however. Looking at Wii U and the current gaming landscape, we made the difficult choice to shift our development efforts to creating a version for Nintendo Switch. I am really looking forward to the Switch, and I believe that the Switch’s unique capabilities could create some exciting opportunities for Stardew Valley. I do want to emphasize that I am absolutely committed to seeing Stardew Valley on Nintendo platforms, and I really do appreciate your support and understanding in this.
Considering the Wii U is pretty much done at this point, and everyone is looking forward to Nintendo’s new gaming platform, it’s not surprising that Stardew Valley will be skipping it. Releasing a game so late in the Wii lifecycle doesn’t make much sense, especially for indie developers with limited resources.
In fact, Stardew Valley isn’t even the first game to ditch the Wii U for the Nintendo Switch. One could say that RIVE is one of them, though Two Tribes haven’t made any official statement on the matter.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know whether Stardew Valley will be available at launch, though it’s unlikely given few indie developers have access to a devkit at the moment. We also don’t know what will happen to the Wii U exclusive features mentioned a while ago, since second screen gameplay is not possible on the Nintendo Switch.
One thing’s for sure: our list of confirmed games for the Nintendo Switch has been updated!