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When we learned that Stardew Valley launch details for the Switch would be made available today, we figured that meant the game would be making its way to Nintendo's new console in the not-too-distant future. Still, we weren't expecting it to arrive quite so quickly, launching this Thursday, October 5.
We figure creator Eric Barone's logic is pretty sound here. Rather than offer a launch date months in advance and risk having to disappoint fans with a delay, the guy behind Stardew Valley decided to wait until he was absolutely sure the game would be ready to roll on the Switch. So today, over on the game's official website, it was announced that Stardew Valley will be available this very week, coming in at just $15.
Sure, Stardew Valley has been made available on many platforms since its original launch back in early 2016, but we can't help but feel like the Switch is the absolute best fit for the game. Not only will you be able to play the game on your massive televisions through Nintendo's latest console, but you'll also be able to play it on the go courtesy of the platform's versatile functionality. This is one of those games that can easily be played in short bursts or marathon sessions, which is why it feels like such a natural fit for the Switch.
According to the blog post, this will be Stardew Valley's first appearance on both a Nintendo platform and a portable platform. Barone said he's especially happy to see the game make it to the Switch, as he grew up on Nintendo's platforms. It's also kind of cool since Stardew Valley basically grew out of a love for Nintendo games like Harvest Moon. And the game has grown quite a bit over the past year and a half, so we're looking forward to diving into all of that extra content on its new platform.
As a special note, Barone gave loads of credit to Sickhead Games, the team responsible for porting the game to the Switch. Barone said the team did a great job, alongside publisher Chucklefish, which coordinated this latest launch.
This is pretty fantastic timing. Sure, it's a crowded holiday season, but Stardew Valley fits into its own little niche alongside big-budget launches like Destiny 2, the latest Call of Duty, Forza and Battlefront games. The fall season is also perfect for curling up with a nice, quiet, relaxing game about growing crops, catching fish and becoming a part of a bustling community. Also, with loads of holiday travel coming up, the ability to take Stardew Valley wherever you go throughout the season is a huge plus.