The gaming industry is littered with interesting stories about the origin of some of our favorite games. Plenty of games we know and love began their life on an entirely different console. Most of the time we aren’t privy to this information, but every once in a while the stories are revealed. One famous example is Final Fantasy 7, which began it’s life on the Nintendo 64. Cartridge limitations prompted the jump to the Playstation, and the rest was history. A Nintendo fan might call FF7 the one that got away. In keeping with that theme, I’m here to discuss a game that will definitely rest in that category for myself. Bayonetta 2.
When Bayonetta 2 was revealed, I’m almost certain the gaming world was as excited as I was. Bayonetta was an awesome hack and slash adventure complete with angels, demons, witches, lots of hair, and 2 sets of twin pistols that got the job done in an extraordinary fashion. Did I mention one set of guns was attached to Bayonetta’s heels? No? Well, yeah. Anyway, playing through her adventure was a blast, and I certainly looked forward to more. Well, on September 13, 2012, my wish was granted.
My thoughts during the announcement trailer were something like this.
“Is this Bayonetta 2? I hope it is. YES IT’S A SEQUEL! I can’t wait to play it! Thank you Platinum Games! Wait, why is there only a Nintendo logo? This can’t be happening. ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?????”
Yes, Bayonetta 2 was confirmed to be a Wii U exclusive, guaranteeing that I will most likely never play it. I’m not buying the Wii U for that one game, and I don’t know a single person who owns the console that would let me use it to play the game. It was instantly relegated to “the one that got away” status. Tough break kid. Fast forward to the present. I have a PS4 now, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have a nice library of games, with more to come assuredly. I float over to IGN this morning just to look around, and what do I see? The one that got away.
They had the nerve to title the trailer “Did You Miss Me” as what feels like a sick joke. OF COURSE I MISSED YOU BAYONETTA! YOU SEXY WITCH YOU! All that anger I felt a year and a half ago came rushing back in an instant. I watched this trailer 5 times, I must be a glutton for punishment. I watched the 4 guns float through the air in slo-mo. I watched the new character and wondered what the deal was there. I watched Bayonetta do what she does in exquisite fashion. I watched her talk that sassy talk that I already know she can back up. I watched the hair come off as it has so many times before. I almost shed a tear man. I wish I was joking. It…..hurt. It really did. It was like being out on a first date, and you run into that one ex you were head over heels for. Just a sick feeling.
Anyway, I just had to vent. I’m hoping against hope that at some point I am able to play this game. The devs are already sick of us asking for ports, so I won’t ask here. They made their choice, and we don’t have to agree with it to respect it. All I ask is that you Wii U owners treat her right. She deserves the world, and you better damn well give it to her. Support Platinum Games, and support Bayonetta 2. After all, I don’t think making a quadruple pistol toting witch angry is the smart course of action. I’ll see y’all tomorrow for the podcast. Take it easy.