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Bayonetta 2 Listed for Summer Release in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

PlatinumGames title and Hyrule Warriors still just '2014' for the West

Following its recent financial results report, Nintendo has issued some supplementary information that includes release dates and windows of major upcoming titles. Following the trend of the last quarterly update juicy dates are held back, presumably in favour of later reveals, though a couple of Wii U titles have releases that are a little more pinned down.

The latest update, for example, lists Bayonetta 2 for a Japanese release this summer, an update from a vague '2014' window in January's equivalent report. The Western regions do still simply have the whole year as a window, however, so it's unclear whether localisation efforts could delay the PlatinumGames sequel — exclusive to Nintendo's console — to later than in Japan.

Hyrule Warriors, meanwhile, was announced as targeting a summer 2014 Japanese release by Tecmo Koie in its own financial briefing, though Nintendo's update doesn't specify for its homeland. The Zelda / Dynasty Warriors mash-up is still simply listed as 2014 for North America and Europe, however.

It's possible these titles are on the way as soon as this summer in the West and are awaiting official announcements, though it should also be considered that localisation may delay their arrival. Time will tell, but it looks like an exciting summer-time for Wii U owners in Japan.


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Retro_on_theGo said:

Yay! Wow, I did not expect this anytime soon at all! Hype! I'm almost there my sweet! <3
Man, E3 might just be incredible this year.



Dreamz said:

Oh, excellent! I'm much happier about this than the NFC stuff. I really hope we see a summer release here in the west as well.



Peach64 said:

Nintendo need to work their butts off to get this translated. They will have a smash hit in May and another at the end of the year in Smash, but Bayonetta 2 in the middle would make the release schedule look a lot less empty. Please don't release thus at the same time as Smash so it gets ignored.



Luffymcduck said:

Please, don't release this at the same time as Smash Bros. There's gonna be an empty place in Nintendo's release window again (lots of those this spring, especially for Wii U).



Action51 said:

@Dreamz - I agree. The nfc stuff might be something that puts the consoles in more homes, but I'm more interested in the big games like MK8, Bayo2 and X.

Now please reveal some SMT X FE at E3, big N!



Manaphy2007 said:

as long as we get them this year then im fine with whatever date, well before smash would be nice



jariw said:

AFAIK, "Summer 2014" has been the release window for the Japanese version of Bayonetta 2 since the Japanese Nintendo Direct in February.



Emblem said:

@Meaty-cheeky Financial report briefing, its when Nintendo outlines plans for the next financial year to reassure investors. After posting losses they have to spill a few secrets early so shareholders don't start dumping stock.



0utburst said:

I hope they port Bayonetta 1 so I wouldn't think twice on getting Bayonetta 2. Maybe include in special edition bundle (eshop download would be fine).



Josaku said:

Ther was like . . . one trailer of Bayonetta 2 in a Nintendo Direct was there? . .. How did they do this so fast!! . . . This WILL be an awesome E3 this year ^^



Rin-go said:

Yes. And Hyrule Warriors got a summer release date when it was first announced. But it's a confirmation that they're both coming in summer, at least.



siavm said:

The game is listed on nintendos third party game sheet. Tecmo is publishing it in Japan. Nintendo is will do it for the rest of the world.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Hyrule Warriors didn't look that good when it was unveiled so hopefully they've done a lot of work on it since. If both of these are ready for the whole world in 2014, I can see Smash creeping into early 2015. I am pretty sure Nintendo will want it ready for Christmas though. It wouldn't do them any harm to have a decent game every month up until December.



LasermasterA said:

I hope this gets launched in the west soon! It would be even more amazing if they launch a port of Bayonetta 1 on Wii U for people to catch up on the story!


That won't happen for this game as it is published by Nintendo.



MrGawain said:

Ignoring all the doom and gloom about profit, if you actually own a Wii U like me, you've got a nice run of 6+ games for the end of the year. Smiley faces everyone!



Daemonite said:

@wayward multi platform, off course
Highly doubt the studio is going to let years of hard work on this game go to waste by just releasing this exclusively on the WiiU (and make little to no profit, or just break even). It will probably go multiplat like Rayman Legends did...



element187 said:

@Daemonite lol, can you name the last game that Nintendo paid for development on that winded up on another platform? I can only come up with a really bad port of Donkey Kong for the Atari back in the early 80's......... That was before Nintendo had ever made a console.

Wonderful 101 was a game that Nintendo paid P* to make last year. It's still exclusive to Wii U. I wouldn't hold my breath for a port to any other system except a future Nintendo console..... Same goes to. Bayo2, Nintendo would never let a game they paid 100% for go to another companies system. Even if it bombs (most likely won't break 300k copies), the point is to have as many exclusives as possible. Games like this and Hyrule warriors isn't the sales of the games, it's about making the floundering platform desirable. You only do that through getting exclusive content.



Daemonite said:

@element187 "can you name the last game that Nintendo paid for development on that winded up on another platform?"
Uh ... i thought i just did? Rayman Legends???



element187 said:

@Daemonite it's not the studios decision of where the game goes, Nintendo owns the rights 100% to Bayonetta 2....

@Rayman Legends Nintendo didnt pay for the development. They paid for exclusivisity, which is a HUGE distinction. Ubisoft owns the game 100% so try again.... The money was refunded and the contract backed out.

The difference is Nintendo paid very little to try and get Rayman Legends exclusive with some sort of clause in the contract that let's Ubi out of it sales don't reach a target... In the case of buying the entire development process of Bayo2, Nintendo put down 10's of millions of dollars,they would never spend that type of coin on a game unless they could control everything about its sales.



element187 said:

@Daemonite no, it's not the same thing. Ubisoft was still publishing Rayman Legends. Nintendo didn't have anything to do with its development or publishing. Nintendo only entered an exclusivisity contract that would expire after x amount of months and Ubisoft would be free to put it on other systems...... EA has the same deal with Microsoft on Titanfall, after it expires it will end up on PS4.. This very basic and common in the industry.

The distinction with bayo2 was Sega canned the idea completely. Nintendo offered to pay 100% of its development in return to own the entire rights to the game.



element187 said:

Bayo2 going anywhere but to a Nintendo system is nothing but desperate and futile wishful thinking of Sony and Microsoft owners. It's just not happening. No platform holder in the world would lay down 40+ million dollars to make a game only to let it move to another platform. It's just not happening.



Emblem said:

@Daemonite Nintendo funded W101 and Bayo2 development, they partially own them, just like Sega own the platinum games they paid for and published.

@element187 Did Nintendo pay for exclusivity? Would Ubisoft not have had to pay for breech of contract in this case? I guess these deals are done discretely anyway so they may well have and we wouldnt know.



element187 said:

@Emblem I don't think we will know the details of the contract... Either there was a clause that said if WiiU doesn't sell x amount of systems by certain date they can pull out/refund the cash..... Or Nintendo let them out because of their close relationship. Or they could have traded with another contract to release another game exclusive to Wii U when the sales hit such and such target. Or Ubisoft could have approached Nintendo and said "we need to get out, we will continue port our 360/ps3 multiplatform titles to WiiiU"

@Daemonite your reaction tells me it was indeed funny.



PrincessEevee9 said:

Who's with me in thinking that this and Hyrule Warriors will be Summer releases whole Smash 3DS will be late?



sinalefa said:

I am currently replaying the first one on Hard. A real gem of a game. I would love to have this released in the US in October, just in time for Halloween.


It was funny to hear all those PSBox fans crying foul, when the first game sold so bad in their consoles. Games like Madworld or Infinite Space never went multiplatform either, so why would this?



Emblem said:

@element187 You know what that makes an aweful lot of sense, if they said " let us out we'll give you atleast 10 more games for Wii U." It would partially explain the missing features and dlc.



Rafie said:

@Daemonite Unfortunately he's right. The situations for Rayman Legends and Bayonetta 2 are completely different. The thing is, Bayonetta 2 would not exist at all if it wasn't for Nintendo. Nintendo paid for the development of the game. This will NEVER see a multiplat release. Just on Wii U.

@PrincessEevee9 I think Hyrule Warriors will release in the summer in Japan, not anywhere else yet. I hope so though. I don't think of Hyrule Warriors as a "major" release, although it probably is. I'm looking forward to it.



Genesaur said:

Hey, as long as we're getting it this year, I'll be fine.

Maybe we'll get it roughly three months following the Japanese release? That's how it was for the original Bayonetta, so it seems plausible that this will take a similar amount of time, unless they planned ahead, which would be rad.



MightyKrypto said:

@Daemonite yeah, it won't go multiplat unfortunately... dunno why that other guy was being an ass about it......I, for one, would love to see it go to other platforms as well!



Corleonis88 said:

I´m not really interested in bayoneta 2, I´m not really into hack and slash games. But I sure hope it sells very well. The wii u really needs the exclusives



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Dark-Link73 said:

Hey Thomas. I read the report yesterday and I thought NA was also marked for a summer release. Do you mind double-checking that for me? I'm at work and I can't check it right now.



shonenjump86 said:

I honestly do not care what system this game comes out for. I'm just glad it's coming. The first Bayonetta game is still one of my favorite games on 360.



Leu10antFalcon said:

I hope that Nintendo of America announce the release date for Bayonetta 2. Hopefully this late Summer/early Autumn 2014. And I also hope for SEGA to port the original Bayonetta for the U at the eShop.



Ryno said:

I can't wait to play Bayonetta 2 on my PS3.

Sorry, couldn't resist.



KingofSaiyans said:

Hopefully Nintendo delivers a one-two punch this summer here in the US and Europe with Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2. I hate the summer droughts



DarkKirby said:

It's coming far too late to save the Wii U but I'm still buying it. I can only hope there is a option to change hair styles.



TwilightOniAngel said:

@Daemonite Yeah is not going to happen guy people should stop asking they make it a multi platform. Nintendo owns bayonetta now and they are publishing it does not make sense to multi platform it. I don't know why the other guy was so messed up to you about this.



JaxonH said:

Monolith Soft's X is also listed for 2014 release in North America and Europe, just in case anyone was still doubting.

Furthermore, Yoshi's Yarn and SMT x Fire Emblem were re-confirmed as "on the way", though no dates were given. But I just thought it was worth mentioning since I've heard quite a few people allege the games have been cancelled. They haven't.



GamerGleek47 said:

Bayonettaaaaa!! I have missed you!
This was one of my main reasons to buy a Wii U! It loooks amazing and all of it in 1080p 60fps will be MIND-BLOWING!!



JaxonH said:


Oh, ya those are placeholder dates. But we do know they're coming, and all coming this year at that (with the exception of SMT x Fire Emblem and Yoshi's Yarn). Although we don't have confirmation yet, I'm fairly confident Yoshi's Yarn will be releasing this year. Expect a fall release to be announced at the Nintendo Digital Event...

As for SMT x Fire Emblem, well, we can only cross our fingers and hope they reveal it at E3, which would mean it's coming before the next E3 (so within a year). Most every game we know of is coming this year, but Nintendo's gotta fill out the schedule for the first half of 2015 also. I'm expecting this game to be one of them to go alongside MH4U on 3DS.



mamp said:

I want this game like a drug addict wants another hit. I need a release date for NA!!!



element187 said:

@JaxonH my most anticipated games is SMTxFE and X. So it's nice to see the former is still alive, we haven't heard a peep in over a year.



element187 said:

@midnafanboy nothing messed up about it. We have been hearing the pedantic port begging for over a year now. It's time to put on their big boy pants and buy a Wii U if they love the franchise HALF as much as they claim they do in online forums.

The notion that a game like this shouldn't be on a Nintendo system is complete and utter bull&&@$ and the cry babies need to get over it.

Edit: I take that back, we are now in year 2 of hearing people whine for a Xbox or playstation port.... I'm also willing to bet the majority howling never played the first, they are just mad Nintendo is getting a hardcore title they used to have. Can't have that now can we? If you guys would have actually bought the first one SEGA wouldn't have canned the sequel due to poor sales on both 360/ps3.

He was told twice that he is wrong, so if I had to use humor to reach him, so be it..... And toughin up cupcake, I never insulted you.

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