Bayonetta 2 Would Not Exist Without Nintendo

Another day, another outcry from gamers – over the last two weeks Platinum Games has been feeling the heat, after they announced Bayonetta 2 would be a Wii U exclusive.

Rather than being happy about the fact a second game actually exists, some fans took exception to the news it would not be releasing on Xbox 360 or PS3.

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While at Tokyo Game Show Atsushi Inaba, executive director at Platinum Games had this to say:

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. As a result the platform became the Wii U.

In other words, Sega were unwilling to fund the sequel to a game that despite being critically claimed, failed to move the needle in terms of sales.

This is hardly on the same scale as Final Fantasy’s jump from Nintendo to PlayStation. Bayonetta had one outing and without Nintendo, it could have easily been her last.

Source: Polygon

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14 Comments

  1. I liked the demo but I was completely put off by all the negative news it had so I didn’t bother I’m sure others where the same.

    I’d probably go for Bayonetta 2 if I was getting a Wii U anyway, more exclusives the better.

  2. Bayonetta was good but is it £300 good? The answer for me is a resounding NOOOO.

  3. I wouldn’t say that the point is whether Bayonetta 2 is £300 good or not. The point is, with many people still playing only the Wii, which may be looking for an upgraded system, Bayonetta 2 might end up selling more on the WiiU than it’s predecessor did on two platforms. I don’t think that people will buy a WiiU for Bayonetta 2, but for hungry gamers out there who will make the change this Christmas and are looking out for games, Bayonetta 2 stands as the only game of it’s genre (action adventure) available for an entire platform, which is good news for both Nintendo (more variety on their launch catalog) and for Platinum games (which might get better sales this time).

    • Devil may cry is action adventure, bayonetta is pretty much the same as DMC just faster & a female so it ain’t the only one in its genre. Ominishu too another game

      • I think he meant on the Wii U to be fair.

        I don’t think anyone could claim that Bayonetta is the only hack & slash game!

      • Of course there are other games, but like Forrest_01 said and reading again the post, it’s pretty much clear that Bayonetta 2 is the only game of it’s genre available for an entire platform: the WiiU, which is what we’re talking about :). Of course, there’s DMC, Heavenly Sword and even Castlevania available as hack’n’slash action adventure games, but not on the WiiU so far.

  4. Nintendo: We back failed projects from other platforms.

    Aww… they’re lovely! Like a really kind auntie who goes out in public with you even though she knows you have a face like a bucket of smashed crabs.

    • Haha, and at the same time Sony cans popular projects and closes studios that fared well. :P

      • swings & roundabouts they have got many new studios since liverpool.

  5. Still don’t like the idea of having a sequel be exclusive on a certain platform. But if Bayonetta 2 does sell well, i can see Sega porting it over or creating their own version with a few differences in order to release it on PS3, 360 and PC. As i think they still own the rights to Bayonetta thus it won’t harm them if B2 flops on the Wii U. Although, buying failed projects doesn’t display that much confidence as it seems a bit desperate.

    Will be interesting to see how a hack and slash will be handled with the Wii U’s touchscreen controls.

    • I don’t think that SEGA can port the game over to other platforms, as they’re not publishing it this time. It’ll be something like the original Mass Effect, which was published by Microsoft. When Bioware was bought and went multi platform, they could release the sequel for the PS3 as well, but not the prequel, which had it’s plot available as some sort of short novel.

      However, I disagree with the idea that Bayonetta 2 might flop on the WiiU because the original under performed. The PS3 version was riddled with problems, but the 360 version was flawless. It`s biggest hurdle was that it came too late in the game and had too little advertisement. Which is not happening with the WiiU, it’s coming up early in the game, so many more people will actually pay attention to it, and Nintendo is actually promoting it better than SEGA. If Bayonetta flops on the WiiU, it’ll be mostly because it’s a bad game.

      • But Sega still own the rights to the IP and it wouldn’t be the first time a Ninty exclusive got ported over. As that was the case with Resident Evil(okay, it was an exclusivity deal). I think Sega can make a few minor changes or release it under a different title. :)

        But it is a bit risky for B2 to be on the WIi U only as that has yet to actually see any form of marketing which doesn’t fill me with confidence and there is a chance of it flopping due to the touchscreen controls not being suited to hack and slash. Imo.

  6. Being grateful about what? That a game which should be multiplat will be released on a system I’m not interested in?

    Who actually paid for Bayonetta? XBox and PS3 users.

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