Platinum Games really went all out with their port of the original Bayonetta to the Wii U. Giving Bayonetta the ability to cosplay as Princess Peach, Daisy, Link, and Samus Aran was a nice touch for Nintendo fans. The Mushroom Kingdom themed outfits replace combo-closing power strikes with Bowser's limbs, the Link costume enables a timed block — using a mini Hyrule Shield — while Samus Aran has a fun arm cannon. They're great additions to what was always a pretty solid game.
In a recent blog post, Platinum Games designer Yong-Hee Cho walks us through the design process for creating these costumes — you can almost imagine the sense of dread when Hideki Kamiya stomped by Cho's desk and asked him to draw Bayonetta in a Princess Peach outfit for him. In the words of Cho: “P-p-p-princess Peach and Bayonetta? How am I supposed to find the common ground between these two characters!? They’re like night and day…”
Cho's solution was to start out by simply drawing Bayonetta, so he had a base design to work off which he could then “dress up” in other costumes. Cho experimented quite a bit with the first Princess Peach concept art, but Kamiya was keen to keep it as close to the original as possible. He even went as far as to suggest that a Mario charm was attached to the outfit.
Cho then takes us through the design process for creating Bayonetta's Samus and Link costumes which are equally as insightful. Were you a fan of the Nintendo themed costumes in Bayonetta? As always, let us know your thoughts with a comment below.