Bayonetta 2 has been announced, which is a good thing.
However, against most gamers' wishes, it was announced as an exclusive for the Wii U. The result was an angry torrent of tweets, Facebook posts, forum posts, and comments from Bayonetta fans saying that this was apparently the biggest betrayal in modern gaming.
Let me say one thing: This is not the biggest betrayal in modern gaming. It's not even close. In fact, Nintendo actually did Platinum Games a favor. Did you ever wonder why we aren't seeing another SEGA-produced sequel on our current gen HD consoles? Have you already forgotten that the original Bayonetta 2 project was rumored to be cancelled? The Wii U is one of the only reasons Bayonetta 2 got a greenlight. If you don't believe me, here's what Tatsuya Minami of Platinum Games said in a statement to DarkZero magazine:
As with Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 is under development and production here at Platinum Games, and is a true sequel to the acclaimed first game in the series. Bayonetta is one of our most beloved titles, and it played a large part in establishing Platinum Games as an emerging game studio in the minds of users worldwide. Bayonetta has fans the world over, and we would never dream of alienating them from participating in the future of Platinum Games.
That being said, the console games market is in a state of upheaval, so establishing a new game franchise requires a considerable amount of will, determination, and love. Bayonetta is a brand that we want to see become stronger, reaching the hands of more and more gamers, so we have continued to consult with SEGA, the previous game's publisher, on how we can make sure this takes place.
Our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo.
So quit complaining. A Wii U Bayonetta 2 is better than no Bayonetta 2.
Unfortunately, there hasn't been a whole lot of info revealed about Bayonetta 2 yet, but we do have a small teaser trailer. The trailer shows a whole bunch of bullets being fired and then being stopped in the fabric of space and time. Note that in the original Bayonetta, the time-stopping mechanic was only used on defense. Perhaps this means that Bayonetta 2 will allow some offensive time manipulation. The bullet flurry shown in the teaser is probably just one example.
Bayonetta's enemy in the teaser is holding a double-sided sword/staff-like object. This is very reminiscent of one of the angel weapons from the original Bayonetta. The enemy also appears to be in some sort of white hooded cloak, but that wasn't actually shown too clearly in the teaser. Perhaps this sets up the forces of heaven as the antagonists in Bayonettta 2? Or perhaps we will see some new type of villain rear its ugly head.
However, the coolest thing to speculate about is how Bayonetta 2 will use the Wii U's controller interface. The first Bayonetta was a single-player game, so most likely Bayonetta 2 will be controlled primarily via the Wii U GamePad. This means that we will have access to the GamePad's touchscreen during normal gameplay. Not only will this allow all of our menu traversing to take place on another screen, it will also allow us to use touch controls to activate some of Bayonetta's powers. Even better, perhaps Bayonetta can use the touchscreen to swap out the weapons she has equipped on the fly. That way there would be many more options beyond simply attaching one weapon to your hands and one to your feet.
So yes, Bayonetta 2 is coming out, it's going to be a Wii U exclusive, and it's going to be a better game for it. It's about time that you shed your console allegiances and simply play games for their own sake. If you really want to play Bayonetta 2, get a Wii U. It's not like there won't be good games for that console. You'll have access to the new Smash Bros., the new Mario, and tons of hardcore titles like Assassin's Creed III.
This console war BS is merely something for five-year-olds to fight about on the playground.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: September 19, 2012
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*