Bayonetta 2, one of the highest profile third-party exclusives on Wii U — albeit published by Nintendo — is getting close to release. The Platinum Games extravaganza is all set to deliver high-intensity action to the system, and we've been impressed so far; we said as much in our preview.
Nintendo's contribution to making the game happen is being recognised, however, and as recently revealed the sequel will have the same outfits previously confirmed for the original Bayonetta Wii U port — yet there's more. The announcement of a Fox McCloud-themed outfit was new for the sequel, and naturally has fans of both Platinum's franchise and Nintendo rather excited.
The outfits bring more than superficial changes, however. In the case of Mushroom Kingdom Princess and Sarasaland Princess — Peach and Daisy — stringing together combos replaces the standard over-sized fist and heel with Bowser's arm and leg. The Hero of Hyrule — Link — has a special block move, where a well timed push on the stick blocks the attack with a Hyrulian shield on Bayonetta's arm. Galactic Bounty Hunter — Samus — has an arm cannon and can turn into a morph ball form. Finally, Star Mercenary — Fox McCloud — has little Arwings as guns, which lock on with that well-known square symbol. Beyond slight move amendments, each comes with minor flourishes such as franchise-specific sound effects when picking up items, and in the case of Peach, Daisy and Link there are appropriate pick-ups in place of the Halo currency — coins and rupees, of course.
The outfits, as a whole, are integrated rather well and serve their purpose of raising a smile and adding a sense of fun. They carry across into cutscenes, which can look rather humorous, though there is clipping in the cutscene visuals where the new outfits don't match — in dimensions — with the standard outfits; that's a relatively minor visual gripe. We've also noticed that effects such as the Bowser limbs show when using the standard Love is Blue gun weapons, but are replaced with weapon-specific animations with other sets; again, it's a minor but noticeable shortcoming, and highlights that these outfits — when purchased in game — are simple extras that were clearly thrown in for just that purpose.
To wrap up on these outfits, we've produced a quick-fire two minute action video to show them in-game, also showing off snippets of the first five chapters. Details and the video are below — enjoy!
Chapter 1 – Noatun, the city of Genesis — Mushroom Kingdom Princess
Chapter 2 – A Remembrance of Time — Sarasaland Princess
Chapter 3 – Paradiso – The Gates of Paradise — Hero of Hyrule
Chapter 4 – The Two Meet — Galactic Bounty Hunter
Chapter 5 – The Cathedral of Cascades — Star Mercenary
So glad these costumes are Pre-Order specials
DAY ONE BUY!
Im sorry, but i cant believe Nintendo is so involved with this game. I mean I like sexy women as much as the next guy, but Id be embarrassed to play this in front of my friends, let alone a family member.
I really Like the Star Mercenary outfit, It makes me really happy that they are showing Star Fox some love and i also like to see more outfits of other Nintendo characters.
talk about nintendo not having "mature" games on their platforms.
violence and a sexy chick. what else can super cool "mature" players want?
so there turning this into a nintendo mascot game. lol. thats what yalls smash bros game is for. alas, heres my chance to make a ridiculous complaint just like everyone else...why cant i have a little samson costume? cookie from panic restaurant? what about a fred flintstone outfit? (but it has to be from flintstones 2 for nes) nwc gold athlete dress up? power blade 2 uniform?
@Diz93 idk but my friends love Bayonetta and my mom is in love with her
Nintendo has had Samus strip off to her bra and pants in the original game, and the fairies in Ocarina of Time are VERY tarty and unsuitable for kids. Not to mention games like Street Fighter and Dead or Alive that have featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses.
And I'm strongly of the opinion that Bayonetta's stye of violence on mythical creatures (no matter how gory) that disappear after, isn't the same as Assassin's Creed or COD where you're killing real human beings that fall down and start bleeding on the floor. Same thing with Darksiders 2. Admittedly it isn't suitable for below 16's, but it isn't in Grand Theft Auto territory. I think there is a lot of tongue in cheek humour and campness in Bayonetta akin to a Kung Fu B movie or a Carry On movie. It hams everything up to 11.
This is for the kids of the 80's and 90's who grew up with Nintendo and want homage paid to it's heritage. At the end of the day it's a bit of add on humour that celebrates Nintendo. Is it that original? Probably not, but it adds a few more smiles and entertainment which makes it worthwhile.
This makes me uncomfortable lmao.
I am going to be using the Link and Samus costumes far too much, probably the princess ones too, those two look so so wrong and right at the same time.
I won't lie, I'm pretty sure the designers came up with some of these costumes so they'll be cosplayed.
Regardless, this will be a hoot. I can't wait!
@Diz93 not me i play games that are fun and that doesnt embarass me…in fact i played W101 when my family came to visit me this xmas and my mom said the games i play are crazy but knows im having fun playing them LOL! But she did love Donkey Kongs fur in Tropical Freeze…i'll tell u that fur wins most people over
Oh and it's Samus & Starfox costumes im most excited about trying out!
That Fox McCloud...shudders I really don't like these. It's a shame that #projectplatinum had to use a really "out there" game to protest about the lack of M Rated games on Wii U. The more I see of this, the more i'm put off it i'm afraid
Pretty much sold with that Peach costume!
But is it really only for preorder or can anyone unlock those?
So great Bayonetta 2 should pick up even more sales for wii u and smash bros will pick up even more
I have loads of friends on playstation network that love bayonetta and are gutted it's not coming to playstation.
Mario kart 8 did well for sales in the uk limited edition wii u games sell out fast now.
I'm hoping these costume aren't just pre-order bonuses (it's because of the Nintendo references, and not...other reasons, don't worry), because I am not picking this up when it's released. The new Smash Bros. is gonna keep me busy for a while.
Since when are these preorder bonuses? Is there an official source for that?
And these costumes are really the cherry on top. Sorry, the Cereza on top
Wow the daisy costume ,cosplay special the costumes are great can not wait for this game l want yhis more than smash bros!
Ironic to me, gamers equate 'real world' simulation, like that of Grand Theft Auto, to illustrate the prospect of maturity and adulthood. And yet, they succeed only in creating escapism in weak minded individuals, unwilling to risk their comforts to attain the lifestyles they desire.
Ironic, in the sense that a game like Bayonetta can touch on violence, nudity and abject sexuality and still be chided by 'well-meaning fans' who seem to have nothing better to do than protest the views of a group of individuals. Even if those views are parodies of themselves and of a larger issue overall.
How amusing that this website should hide it's pretension and apprehension towards this title by focusing on the stifling familiarity Nintendo has painted themselves into.
Pandering to a 'jaded' fanbase and single minded audience that hasn't experienced enough to appreciate growth or their own emaciated world view.
Ironic that a billion dollar industry breeds and excels in hypersexuality and yet is terrified of sex.
Emulating reality is a waste, a virginal endeavour for those too terrified to truly live life.
To everyone mentioning that they aren't sure if the costumes are preorder bonuses - they aren't, it's never been said anywhere (if they have then feel free to politely correct me). I'm actually worried that these are the ONLY costumes in the game since I loved some of the original ones (Like Umbra Witch!) since screenshots showing Daisy's costume being available only seemed to show the Nintendo costumes on the "costume compact" :S
@KodyDawg @SKTTR Don't worry, they aren't! It's never been said, and if they were then it would be incredibly bad practice to say it now
@MrGawain You make a lot of good points, and I can see the whole tongue in cheek humor thing. Your right samus was stripped down and has had a good amount of sexualization, but it's always been a minor part of the game. Usually just the death sequence or a cut scene here and there. I guess what really bugs me about some of these costumes is that shes running with her ass in the air and you can see it full on with nothing to hide. I feel like Im watching soft hentai with these videos. Idk just not something I like.
I get that it's just supposed to be a harmless, fun addition, but these costumes still just look so wrong and out of place to me.
Regardless the game looks great! I'll just choose to not use these costumes.
They never said they were preorder bonuses so i am assuming u purchase them seperatley like it SAID in the article if you read it. Besides, that wouldnt be fair to us who are downloading it.
This is gonna be GOAT.
I can't imagine playing the game the first time through w/ any of those costumes, but considering how fun the first 1 was they'll be worth replaying. that's what I see the costumes as, an extra reason to replay the game. I'm in.
It may be just me...but every time I see her all I can think is that her head is WAY too small for her body. Her design just looks so awkward to me and I can't get over it. Lol
This games gonna be awesome finally Nintendo doing some risky moves I cant wait!!!
I didn't like the costumes at first, but the Peach and Daisy costumes don't look to bad when the game is in action. I still wish her hair was still long. Hopefully there might be an option to change that.
I Think I'm going to preorder this weekend. The battle mechanics look like a lot of fun. The first game included is a nice incentive since I never played the original. Looks like a truly unique game for the wii u. I will probably have to play late at night or week days I have off when my sons at school though. Seems a bit much for a five year old lol.
@Diz93 I wholeheartedly agree with you. This would be embarrassing to play in front of people.
I could barely play Catwoman's missions in Arkham City due to the 12-year-old mentality that went into her outfit, walk cycle, "fighting" moves, etc.
Samus and Foxy costumes for me!
People getting embarrassed playing this? Really? Not exactly DOA Beach Volleyball is it?
I'm not embarrassed by her look. I think she looks cool. I am really looking forward to playing this game. Although I will be playing at night and when my kids are at school, only because I don't think it is appropriate for them to watch me play this game.
Kinda weird. I haven't played at all but I do not see the appeal of this game, unless your into a realistic-edginess.
So these costumes are playable for the original Bayonetta and not the sequel correct?
@shigulicious - The costumes are playable for both Bayonetta HD AND Bayonetta 2. Hashimoto-san had already announced it during last Thursday's Bayonetta 2 Direct.
@Leu10antFalcon cool thanks. I remember they were first announced for the original game. I didnt watch the direct, obviously. My wallet was not ready.
As if the visuals in this game weren't suffienctly bizarre already. :9
@crzysortagamer High paced action with a skill based scoring system for combat. The rest of it is just the flipside of the DmC coin. I know folks like to hype the game for the tongue in cheek sexualized humor but honestly most people that are fans of the game play it for the platinum difficulty and the fun of learning to get the most out of the combat system.
Also to clarify: I've always felt that Bayonetta was a sexually confidant woman rather than sexualized. She looks good and she knows it, but objectify or underestimate her at your peril. As far as the powers since she is a modern witch there there is only so much you can use with out being stereotypical as heck. A broom is really obvious (annoyed me to no end in bullet witch...as if that was the only way to designate her as a witch) and they were funny in the first one by giving her the beehive to represent the hat.
The hair power while... strange if very organic for lack of a better word as her powers which are what keep her from being a (gun wielding lady) only should be. Not sure if i would have picked magic hair but in a way it fits as it becomes whatever she wants including clothing and she is a fashion contentious woman. If you could change your clothes ala venom symbiote sans the dose of crazy I'm sure it would be all the rage.
Thanks! That helps alot!
LOL @ sensitive people getting offended by programming code and polygons...
@Diz93 Embarrassed to play in front of your friends what are you guys little kids. This game's too awesome to be embarrassing.
@sinalefa cereza huh? Very clever i wonder if anyone else got that…well after playing the original im sure they will LOL!
Can't wait!! Bayonetta 2 is going to rock!!
Dear miss Bayonetta, you look foxy! Sorry, I couldn't resist it.
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