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Bayonetta Gets The Bayonet

By Kevin on Sep 17 2012 04:47 PM
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Four days after the North American Wii U preview event, the digital dust is beginning to settle throughout the Internet's capillaries. While still missing key information about some of the Wii U features and elements, we've walked away from last Thursday with a healthy understanding and have been able to digest most, if not all of it already. If there's one thing that some fans haven't been able to stomach, it's the news that the newest Bayonetta title, Bayonetta 2, will be exclusive to the Wii U.

I'll be the first to admit that I hadn't even heard of this title prior to last Thursday's Wii U preview event. When the Bayonetta 2 trailer was shown, I was like "OK! That looks like a pretty badass action game!" Immediately following the announcement that it was exclusive to the Wii U, the derogatory remarks in the comments section (under the video stream) began pouring in. Since I didn't know anything about the game, I didn't think anything of it. The Bayonetta 2 news triggered a barrage of relentless tidal waves, full of criticism and disbelief. The surf splashed on the computer screens of millions of gamers world-wide. It was, at that very moment, that I realized how significant this event was.

In all, I spent a few hours researching the origins and history of Bayonetta. And, while I still don't have a vast knowledge of the game, I can understand (and appreciate) the frustration that Bayonetta fans are experiencing. During my research, I learned quite a few things.

Firstly, Bayonetta is a third-person action title that was developed by PlatinumGames and released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in January of 2010. Later, in February of 2011, Bayonetta became available as an Xbox LIVE title. The game is centered around female protagonist, Bayonetta, a witch (radiating with classy sex appeal) who has been awoken after a 500-year long slumber at the bottom of a lake. Sporting four pistols, one in each hand and one attached to the rear of each of her high-heeled shoes, she fights her way through countless angels to discover her past. Bayonetta has been well-praised for its elaborate level and character designs, quick pace, fun boss battles, and its "Witch Time" (time slowdown) gameplay mechanic. Additionally, it boasts an impressive and catchy soundtrack. Having learned this basic overview of Bayonetta, my interest in this game became piqued enough for me to order a copy of the game for my Xbox 360.

So, what exactly is it that has Bayonetta fans raging across planet Earth? Well, what I don't understand is why Bayonetta 2 was revealed as a Wii U exclusive title, especially since the game was already developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Here's what President & CEO, Tatsuya Minami, of PlatinumGames Inc. had to say regarding this news.

Tatsuya Minami, President & CEO of PlatinumGames Inc said:

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On September 13, 2012 Bayonetta 2 was announced as an exclusive title under development for the Wii U during the Nintendo Direction presentation held on the same day.

As game developers, we are incredibly excited to be able to announce a new title to all of our fans; however, we are aware that the announcement may have come as a shock to many of you. As with Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 is under development and production here at PlatinumGames, and is a true sequel to the acclaimed first game in the series. Bayonetta is one of our most beloved titles, and it played a large part in establishing PlatinumGames as an emerging game studio in the minds of users worldwide. Bayonetta has fans the world over, and we would never dream of alienating them from participating in the future of PlatinumGames.

That being said, the console games market is in a state of upheaval, so establishing a new game franchise requires a considerable amount of will, determination, and love. Bayonetta is a brand that we want to see become stronger, reaching the hands of more and more gamers, so we have continued to consult with SEGA, the previous game’s publisher, on how we can make sure this takes place. Our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo.

Along with their new hardware, Nintendo, as a company, is dedicated to establishing a new future for the games industry, as you can tell by their record of passionate support for gaming. Alongside Nintendo, we hope to grow the Bayonetta brand beyond where it stands today, allowing even more gamers around the world to experience the action of our beloved witch. As developers, we are working hard to make this a reality.

We hope that you will look forward to what we have in store.

Tatsuya Minami
President & CEO, PlatinumGames Inc.

When I read that, it seemed very clear that PlatinumGames has no intention of having a business relationship with Microsoft or Sony anymore. If PlatinumGames is interested in furthering the series and wanting a broader range of fans to experience its products (specifically Bayonetta), then why are they limiting the production of Bayonetta 2 to just the Wii U? If I was a Bayonetta fan, and had no intention of ever owning a Nintendo product, I'd be pretty upset as well. So, in this case, along with having a completely neutral interest, I wholeheartedly side with the Bayonetta fans. Just the way Tatsuya makes it sound, they've completely cut off all partnering relationships with other console makers. There goes the "don't put all your eggs in one basket" philosophy.

Bayonetta 2 Trailer

What do you guys think here? I, personally, know barely anything at all about Bayonetta yet I was able to see why fans are so upset and disappointed. Let's hope that Bayonetta 2 is simply a timed exclusive, meaning that it will eventually make its way to other consoles.

For more information on Bayonetta 2, please visit:
Bayonetta 2 joins The Wonderful 101 on Wii U | PlatinumGames Inc.

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Comments: 10

Not really having a console or knowing nothing of this game I have to admit from what you posted the girl seems really attractive.

View PostBuffinator, on 17 September 2012 - 05:24 PM, said:

...the girl seems really attractive.

Why do you always have to make comments like this whenever you see a "girl" picture? I'd appreciate it if you didn't always do that. I mean, you always comment when you see a girl. What's worse, is that once I saw a new comment on this article, and saw that it was from you, I already knew you were going to say something like this. It's kinda creepy, man.

If you think I'm picking on you, I'm not. You just always seem to set yourself up like this.
I'm curious how the Nintendo version will be handled.  This game obviously sells from it's sex appeal.
And when some of the cinematic scenes and as she builds energy to do her witch time her clothes in the scene almost disappear!  Then you find out her clothes is made up of her hair?! WTF!
This game is downright almost a fetish in and of itself.

So why do I say, I wonder what Nintendo will do with this title?
Well we all know Nintendo is known to be a family company.  Even in the past some mature games had been toned down versus their competition's platform versions.
Some could say that was because of the Wii's lesser horsepower in the graphics department and not being HD. But I think Nintendo had some say in the process.

So it's shocking to think that Nintendo has just let such a provocative game onto their new console.  
So if you ask me, Nintendo has done something extremely drastic or creative with the Parental controls on the Wii U or Nintendo has just fired it's censor department.

Either way you look at it, as a Nintendo fan since the NES I've grown into an adult now and all I can say is... It's about damn time! What say you?!
I think it's quite funny this game is coming to Wii U as an exclusive. I haven't played the first Bayonetta but I heard good things about it. Idk why but I think if it wasn't for Nintendo there would be no Bayonetta 2.
Also to the haters that are mad that it is a Wii U exclusive deal with it. That's just marketing, if you're a true Bayonetta fine then you can get it or be satisfied with the first Bayonetta.
From what I've heard, Bayonetta 2 was initially being developed for Xbox 360 and PS3, just like the first, but as a result of the massive financial troubles SEGA was experiencing as a whole, they just didn't have the neccessary funds to market or publish it, leaving the game in danger of being cancelled altogether. It would explain why PlatinumGames partnered up with Nintendo after consulting with SEGA.

I may be a little disappointed over the exclusivity, but ultimiately, I'm not affected by the news one bit. I was already planning to get the Wii U since E3 last year, so I'll still be able to enjoy Bayonetta2 whenever it launches. It'll just be good to see what kind of insanity Bayonetta gets up to next. However, I still hope that SEGA will have some level of involvement; I don't want to see the references disappear D:

View PostBuffinator, on 17 September 2012 - 05:24 PM, said:

... the girl seems really attractive.
The most attractive.

... you guys really didn't know about Bayonetta? @Kevin, I'm pretty sure it was pretty popular in Japan (You live there, right?)... I mean... wasn't it really successful over there? How couldn't you have heard of it?

@Buffinator. So hot.

View PostNaito, on 18 September 2012 - 01:06 AM, said:

@Kevin, I'm pretty sure it was pretty popular in Japan (You live there, right?)... I mean... wasn't it really successful over there? How couldn't you have heard of it?

Oh yeahhhhhhh...you're right! How could I have not heard of that?! I'm so stupid (slaps forehead in shame)! Let me go and change that really quick before anyone else sees that I have no integrity. :rolleyes:

View PostKevin, on 18 September 2012 - 03:22 AM, said:

Oh yeahhhhhhh...you're right! How could I have not heard of that?! I'm so stupid (slaps forehead in shame)! Let me go and change that really quick before anyone else sees that I have no integrity. :rolleyes:

... IT WAS POPULAR. Look at these postive words!

You work on a gaming website, you must see a ton of game news everyday. Not seeing the name "Bayonetta" pop up every now and then really surprises me.
I know absolutely nothing about the original game. I for one am glad this is an exclusive because I would like Nintendo to show that they are competition. Their new hardware is something unique. Exclusives always cause issues with fans. In this case more fan are upset because they had already written off Nintendo as not being for serious gamers. So I say... get over it.
I really enjoyed the original game.  It felt very similar to the Devil May Cry series, which in my opinion is great.  I will have to check this out.