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Platinum: Without Nintendo, There Would Be No Bayonetta 2

Posted by Damien McFerran

Right place, right time

The announcment of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U sent shockwaves through the gaming world, causing lovers of the original to cry foul and forcing Platinum Games to publish a statement which insisted that the release was not an attempt to snub existing fans.

Card-carrying Otaku may wish to look away now, as the developer has admitted that without Nintendo, the sequel wouldn't be happening at all - not even on Xbox 360 or PS3.

Speaking to The Verge at the recent Tokyo Game Show, executive director Atsushi Inaba said:

Would Bayonetta 2 not exist without Nintendo? The answer is yes.

We are not viewing this as a change of platform. We were looking for a partner to create Bayonetta 2 and Nintendo was a strong, cooperative partner that was willing to create and grow Bayonetta 2 together [with us]. As a result the platform became the Wii U.

So there you have it. Without Nintendo and the Wii U, Bayonetta's story would have been limited to a single game.


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Megumi said:

...What kind of game is this anyways? I'm not a huge fan of M-rated games...and I'm guessing it looks like this is going to be one. >.>



Retro_on_theGo said:

See. I understand people complaining and being upset it's Wii U only but people saying they're stabbing Bayonetta fans in the back is just dumb. It's pretty awesome of Nintendo to help give the Bayonetta series another shot. It was either Wii U or bust and I was hoping for more Bayonetta goodness one day so this is great, and I'm not even getting a Wii U until this comes out.
@Eureka It's sort of like Devil May Cry but sexier. <3



Game0ver_Gavin said:

I won't get it when it comes out, but I'm glad this is an Wii U exclusive. This game is gonna convince a lot of Sony and Microsoft fanboys to buy a Wii U.



moomoo said:

As someone who never expected Bayonetta 2 to happen in the first place, I'm very happy for this. This will make me buy a WiiU.



kkslider5552000 said:

Yeah, Platinum and Nintendo teaming up is probably the best thing to happen to either of them. Platinum can hopefully finally make games that are as commercially successful as they are critically and Nintendo gets another company making exclusives for their console that hardcore gamers care about.



Hokori said:

I love how the million and a half "fans" are mad, I'm not even a true fan of this game but I'll pick it up since I loved MadWorld, RE, Okami, Veiwtiful Joe, and looking forward to wonderful 101. It's just sad that people who enjoy this game, won't pick up a WiiU and they'll just pick up the more expensive PS4/720 and hope for this to come out one day



Bensei said:

I wonder if they'll also realese Bayonetta 1, for all those who don't have a PS or Xbox...
Like, as a Bonus-Disc or as a "VC-Game"



Xilef said:

Great, now people can finally stop complaining. Oh who an i kidding, they will find something to complainabout anyway...

@Bensei Would like this to happen to.



TNLGUY said:

Eh, I understand how it feels for a beloved series to hop ship. Ain't a reason to hate the console's developer like some folks do. Sure, blame Nintendo for good third party relationships. Or, hell, blame Platinum for being treated nicely by Nintendo. It can be annoying, but developers have their reasons for switching consoles.



shinpichu said:

So they confirmed what everyone with half a brain cell already knew/suspected. Cool.



Yanchamaru said:

When I heard Bayonetta 2 was not for the PS3 or Xbox360, I ran to my room and started crying. Tears turned to anger causing very naughty behavior around the house, which got me grounded for weeks! I realized afterwards that I never owned a Sony or M$ system. Now everything is back to normal



SilverBaretta said:

Definitely was a sweet acquisition for Nintendo. Heck, Platinum Games in general is a great acquisition for anybody.



irken004 said:

I expect it won't sell too well on Wii-U, but I'll gladly take a Madworld 2 hint-hint-nudge-nudge-wink-wink



Syntax said:

Fanboy reaction like this is our remnants of territorial behavior where we form community and territories while defending or fighting against rival groups. So in this case when a long awaited game is produced exclusively on the wii u for financial reasons, the majority of ps360 fans went in a blind rage for a game because they instinctively treated this game as their property.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@irken004 I'd probably get a Madworld 2 as well but preferably with better mechanics. The first got a little tedious towards the end. They should make killing more like a Rube Goldberg machine, where it transitions more fluidly.

I'm not sure if I'll get this. Generally in beat'em ups I prefer co-op (which sadly was also missing from Madworld).



hYdeks said:

disappointing, wish it was coming to PS3 Nintendo fans have something to look forward too though



MrWalkieTalkie said:

Platinum, Ubisoft, and Namco are seriously becoming huge helpers to Nintendo, making the best games for the Wii U!



Henmii said:

Call me negative, but it seems we only get it on Wii u because the competition didn't want it! If Sony/Microsoft did want it, it would appear on their consoles instead!

Don't get me wrong: It's quite a huge title to have on the Wii u! But now I am waiting for big titles that every console maker wants badly, but only will appear on the Wii u! Now it sounds as if the developers just chose Nintendo because there was no other choice!



Silverbullet89 said:

I'm pretty excited about this. Bayonetta was a pretty good game, and it could potentially become an awesome series. Hopefully Bayonetta will become a Nintendo exclusive character... mainly because I want her to appear on Smash Brothers She could be a fresh new face to the fantastic list of NIntendo exclusive characters.



The_Fox said:

The question is will it stay exclusive? Hopefully it will for the sake of Wii U but it's not like "exclusives" haven't made the jump before.



Hokori said:

@The_Fox Well I think with Nintendo publishing it in America it'll stay that way in America at the very least, because 007 golden eye was published by Nintendo in Japan and the PS3 version was unreleased



kkslider5552000 said:

@Henmii But here's the key difference that people are forgetting. Nintendo is publishing this game, which is why it's an exclusive. The reason Bayonetta 2 isn't on the PS3/Xbox 360 is that Sega wasn't going to publish it. Sony and Microsoft had nothing to do with that. Now, I'm not exactly sure why Sega is on the teaser trailer but if I had to guess it's some weird legal nonsense that I don't fully understand.



Neram said:

I just love sitting back quietly about this whole thing and watching it expose PS3 and 360 gamers as complete fanboy's. Even as a Nintendo fan, I've bought competitor's systems to play certain exclusives, so I would expect anyone who is truly a fan of Bayonetta to do the same and buy a Nintendo console. After all, it's all about the games. If you have to own multiple platforms? Well, the more the merrier I always say.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

@kkslider5552000 I heard the reason Sega is still mentioned in the trailer is because they will be overlooking production to make sure its as good as the first, platinum will be developing (as we all know) and Nintendo will publish. So its basically 3 companies working together on this.... at least thats what I've heard.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

If I ever get a Wii U i'll get Bayonetta 2, If it comes with a director's cut of the first game that would be awesome, but I'm not too worried about not having played the first game. I'm not against the 360/PS3, it's just that I don't have the time or money to buy and support three consoles, that's why I have the cheapest, my Wii.



Azikira said:

This is good news for fans of the series, and for Nintendo. I personally was disgusted with the overly sexual content from the original, but I know the game has many fans and I am happy for them.



mamp said:

I can't wait to play this game the first one was amazing, I like Bayonetta's sexiness. It's the kind of sexiness you get from a woman who is strong, sexy, confident and she knows it. Unlike Lollipop Chainsaw where it's basically just insulting, and nothing but fan service.



Rerun said:

Looking forward to this game. I hope it's as good or better than the 1st!



tabris95 said:

I hope they tone down the difficulty slightly, or at least allow the use of the classic controller. Wouldn't want to break my game pad so soon



triforcepower73 said:

Without nintendo, there probably wouldn't be gaming in general. Or at least it would be very crappy gaming.



FluttershyGuy said:

It's nice to see Nintendo BENEFIT from a third party defection instead of suffering from it. Can't remember the last time someone went to Nintendo instead of leaving them!

There have been some painful losses in the past. As a Nintendo fan, it was a real gut punch when Square took Final Fantasy and everything else to PlayStation in 1996 (it was then I decided to get the PS). Not to mention Microsoft buying Rare, and many franchises/series that stopped appearing on Nintendo systems.

Nice not being on the short end of the stick again. This is something that gives me hope for Wii U. At least until PS4 & Xbox 720, when developers likely return to them full force. Even then, we'll be getting the likes of HD Zelda.



KneehighPark said:

Love it how annoying gamers complain about it being a Wii U exclusive.

I would rather have a sequel on a new system, compared to not having a sequel at all.



Retro_on_theGo said:

You can't be more wrong! If anything Lolipop Chainsaw is the first game in a long time to seriously challenge female stereotyping in video games and empower the female main character rather than being strong, but mostly eye candy.



Rargon said:

I don't want to say it hack and slash like Devil May Cry, but yeah just think of it like that but REALLY fun, I cannot stress how fun the original game was.



TheDreamingHawk said:

You guys are wrong.

In my book, there is no such thing as a "fanboy". If you act insane and whine about what you want, then you shouldn't even be called a real fan!

This game seems to be doing well, but for now, I laugh at those. "fake fans" on the twitter.



sinalefa said:

I am happy about this news. Regardless of who helps Platinum, since they are a great developer. But with this Nintendo proves that they are indeed working with third party developers, and with $$$, not just with promises.



Hokori said:

I also like how the PS360 fans like to say Nintendos going to ruin the series, it wasn't a series until Nintendo made it so, to me series means more then one, so at this point there is no fan of the series until someone buys more then one game, I'd like to have MadWorld turned into a series



NeoShinobi said:

I am a little annoyed that the sequel is only coming to a system I wasn't really planning on getting, but I can live with it. Like some already said, we're lucky we're even getting a sequel.




It's a good sign that Nintendo is regaining some hardcore credibility. But let's not forget that it was the casual market that made Nintendo the hardware leader during this run. I'm hoping that we continue to get a good mixture of titles. Nintendo has always been the "fun" company and not just a console full of long complex games that alienate newcomers to gaming.



technotreegrass said:

Better a game gets released on A system then never be released at all. Whenever I get a new console, I usually find one game that justifies the price, and after that, my collection for that platform grows over time, making the price even more worthwhile.



Henmii said:

"The reason Bayonetta 2 isn't on the PS3/Xbox 360 is that Sega wasn't going to publish it"

But no-one else (besides Nintendo) was to publish it either, otherwise it would appear on Xbox360/PS3! This shows that developers don't have much fate in this franchise sales-wise! Even if the original got rave reviews, it seems it didn't sell that well!

Anyway, I think it's quite a big title to have and look forward to how it will turn out!



Gamer83 said:

This is what I've been saying to the people who wanted Bayonetta 2 but are crying because it's on Wii U. If people want the game that bad put the fanboyism aside and get the Wii U or shut up. I can't believe it's this hard for some people to understand that nobody else picked up the game and Nintendo saved it from the dead and should be rewarded for doing so. I'm critical of Nintendo quite a bit but in this case they are to be applauded, eventhough Bayonetta isn't the kind of game I could see myself enjoying I know many others do and it's nice to see a big time company willing to take a risk on it.



arrmixer said:

There is a good chance I'll get this game if the reviews are good.. I did not get the other game because it was on 360/PS3...

Good to see nintendo backing up there vision so far..



cecesigue said:

I played Bayonetta on PS3 and it was a great game! I think there were not to many "Bayonetta fans" on PS3 or XBOX, otherwise there would be plans for Bayonetta 2 for these sistems, so... as simple as that.



Henmii said:

Personally I don't know if I'll buy it. Maybe, maybe not!

From the looks of the original (of wich I saw some footage on the internet), it is some kind of Devil may cry inspired hack and slash. But I also saw a very big and very impressive boss and a cool motorcycle scene. So I just wait and see!

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