My personal favorite game of last year is arriving on Nintendo’s new console this week. In a blog post this week, developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) announced the Nintendo Switch version of Stardew Valley will launch on Thursday, October 5. Apparently that’s the date of this year’s harvest moon. Stardew Valley is priced at $14.99.
“I’m very happy to see Stardew come to a Nintendo console,” writes Barone. “I grew up on Nintendo, after all! This will not only be the first time Stardew Valley appears on a Nintendo platform, but also the first time Stardew will be on a portable system.”
The Nintendo Switch port was developed by Sickhead Games and published by Chucklefish.
In case you missed one of the biggest indie games of last year, Stardew Valley is a pixelated RPG and farming and life sim. It features seasonal farming, social relationships, dungeon-delving, and time management, all wrapped up in a 16-bit aesthetic.
Because I know it’s really important to some people, here is SDVs switch icon pic.twitter.com/XOS9Ap3EaH
— Tiy (@Tiyuri) October 2, 2017
Fans are still eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated multiplayer update. The most recent news is still from early August, which detailed exactly how online multiplayer will work. The 1.3 patch, which will include online multiplayer, is due to arrive in early 2018 and will come to PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) first. After that the patch will roll out to consoles, beginning with the Nintendo Switch version.
The beta to test multiplayer should begin later this year on Steam.
Stardew Valley for Nintendo Switch launches October 5. It’s been rated E for Everyone, though includes Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood and Language, Gambling, and Alcohol and Tobacco use.
On September 13 Nintendo presented a 45-minute Nintendo Direct video. The full Nintendo Direct is only the second one this year, not including specific Directs, like Splatoon 2 Direct. It…
Nintendo has partnered with Post Consumer Brands to offer a succulent giveaway. Starting today you can find codes in specially marked boxes of Post cereal to win one of 500 Nintendo Switch prize packs. The packs include the console as well as the upcoming Switch exclusive Super Mario Odyssey.
“Post Cereals evoke feelings of fun and nostalgia for people of all ages, and those are emotions Nintendo can identify with,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Odyssey are must-haves for the holidays, and this promotion gives people 500 chances to win them.”
Entry codes can be found among 20 million cereal boxes. Post branded cereal includes Honey Bunches of Oats, Honeycomb, Golden Crisp, and Alpha Bits. Marked boxes with potential codes have a giant Mario and Switch taking up about 1/3 of the front cover.
“Post Consumer Brands continues to prioritize and invest in family and millennial consumers to drive growth across our portfolio of cereal brands,” said Roxanne Bernstein, Post CMO. “Partnering with a highly recognized and family-friendly brand like Nintendo allows us to deliver a special experience to consumers.”
In addition to entries for the Switch prize, Codes can be redeemed for for Platinum Points. Platinum Points are typically used to redeem discount coupons on digital games. You will need a Nintendo Account to redeem Platinum Points.
The Nintendo Switch launched earlier this March. It features full portability and is gradually gaining the usual stellar first-party Nintendo library, such as Splatoon 2 and Mario + Rabbids. It’s also suffered from the typical Nintendo lack of supply versus high demand.
Super Mario Odyssey is the highly anticipated 3D platformer coming October 27. It aims to return to open-world exploration not seen since 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube.
The Post cereal Nintendo Prize Pack giveaway ends March 31.