The original Bayonetta hit the scene in early 2010 and it became one of the sleeper hits of that year, winning over fans with its mixture of insane hack n’ slash gameplay and a sassy femme fetale as a leading character. Stylish, over-the-top and wickedly fun, this offering from developer Platinum Games and publisher Sega became one of my favourite games of this console generation. Bayonetta was very well received, so it is only natural that fans will expect a sequel. On September 13, 2012, Platinum Games confirmed that Bayonetta 2 was in development. What started as exciting news quickly turned to disappointment for some people when they also announced that it will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U. The fan reaction has been colourful to say the least.
Upon hearing that Bayonetta 2 would only be released on the Wii U console, those who were banking on it being a cross-platform release took to social media to let the developer know their thoughts. The twitter page for designer Hideki Kamiya was one of the main targets, receiving numerous profanity-riddled tweets from angry gamers. Much of the anger was directed at Platinum Games and their apparent lack of respect for fans of the first game, all of whom played it on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Some chose to aim their vitriol at Nintendo and the Wii U, with one person going so far as to call it a “toddler’s console”. Overall, based on the F-bombs being dropped everywhere, it is clear that some fans are genuinely upset over this.
So was choosing to release Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive a wise move for Platinum Games? Yes and no. Nintendo stands to beneft the most by having a highly sought-after title in their cannon, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this helps ship a few more Wii U systems. On the other hands, the ire of the fans is understandable to an extent. Having played the original Bayonetta on the Xbox 360, it is annoying that I would be steamrolled into buying a Wii U if I want to play the sequel. Many fans obviously feel the same way, hence the angry tweets. Having said that, there is always a chance that the game will eventually be ported to other consoles. As someone who is keen to play the sequel but is undecided about the Wii U, I’m really hoping that this eventually happens.