Back in June it was announced that Stardew Valley would make its way to the Wii U eShop along with other console platforms; developer Concerned Ape expressed enthusiasm about utilising the GamePad's second screen, for example.
It seemed like a good fit for Nintendo's system; Stardew Valley has been a major success on PC, with its charming aesthetic and gameplay hooks earning a lot of fans. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Harvest Moon, it blends farming and living off the land with elements of adventure.
An announcement of release dates for PS4 and Xbox One, however, has now also confirmed that the title is no longer coming to Wii U, with development moved over to the Nintendo Switch. The update says the following.
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.
It's not particularly surprising, and a number of developers will likely move to Nintendo's next system due to the declining interest and role of the Wii U in the current market.
Are you disappointed this is skipping Wii U, or just excited that it's coming to Switch? Let us know in the comments.
With thanks to Benson for the heads up.