Bayonetta 2: The One That Got Away.

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.

12 thoughts on “Bayonetta 2: The One That Got Away.

  1. I still think this ends up going multiplatforn. Far as I can tell the Wii U is dead and it’s not like Nintendo doesn’t have a habit of losing exclusives anyway.

    (of course that was wishful thinking)

    • Sorry to break it to you, but it will nevergo multiplatform! Nintendo funded the entire project pretty much. Platinum Games said publicly that Bayonetta 2 wouldn’t even have been possible without Nintendo and for that reason it will always be a Wii U exclusive.

    • @ Realgoesright
      Not gonna happen.
      Nintendo’s money is the only reason this game is in development; this isn’t the same case as Rayman, where Ubi was still the ones paying for it to be created.
      If you really love the game, save up for a Wii U.

      @ Author; quit getting all salty over Bayonetta 2 not coming to your console of choice, and go multiplatform.

      That’s what most Wii owners did when the Wii missed out on big-hit titles, by going out, saving up, and purchasing themselves PS3’s or 360’s.
      It’s certainly what I and most of my gaming buddies who ALSO owned the first Bayonetta did, when third parties either ignored our Wii’s or didn’t support them very well.

      It’s something that YOU can do, too, without regret, if you actually DO love the series enough to call yourself a fan, and as a welcome bonus you’ll also be opening your options up to all of the really nice exclusives that the Wii U will be getting, from third parties AND from indies, as well as big-name titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 from Monolith Soft and Hyrule Warriors, alongside the first party titles like Mario Kart 8 and the next entries in Zelda and Metroid.
      Retro is reportedly already working on a new project now that they’ve done all the Donkey Kong-related things they wanted to do with Tropical Freeze, so there’s also that to look forward to.
      Miyamoto’s new IP is still a mystery as well, and with Nintendo announcing that they’re opening up to Mergers and Acquisitions, you just might see them grabbing some IP’s and joining up with a few unexpected partners for games that you wouldn’t otherwise see hit a Nintendo console.

      Don’t be a console war soldier; tuck away whatever amount of pride is still allowing you to feel hurt over Bayonetta 2 coming to the Wii U, and follow and support the game you love.
      You’ll never regret the expense.[although, all things considered, the expense for the Wii U is really NOT a heavy one.]

      As for Wii U owners?
      Well, I can’t speak for the majority, obviously, but I think Nintendo has made enough of a big deal out of Bay 2 that she’ll see good support from us.
      In the long run, I wouldn’t be surprised if her second adventure out-sells her first.

      But that only becomes likely, if fans like you put away your hurt feelings and open up your wallet for the sake of the series that you love so much.
      You want Bayonetta?
      Prove it.
      It’s not that expensive, the game looks like it will be worth the purchase, and she needs the support, as you said.

      Time to go multiplatform, mate. Enough sulking; join the ranks of multiplatform gamers, and expand your horizons beyond the games from just one or two consoles from the same company.

      • Im gonna be honest man. I knew this assumption would be made when I wrote this. And it’s unfair. Don’t assume I only play one console.

        I’m tired of people judging those who don’t want to buy a console to play a couple of games. You named a lot of games that may be of high quality, but what if I don’t want to play them? Last gen I owned all 3 consoles. Same for the gen before. I’m not a console warrior or any of that stuff. I just made a decision. Will i change my mind? Maybe. But if I don’t I shouldn’t be made to feel like I’m some kind of horrible person. If you think about it, buying a console to play one game is pretty stupid. What you’re REALLY doing is buying it for that game and hoping others come along that you can purchase too. And that’s not something I’m willing to do at this moment. If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack. Thanks for reading and commenting though. We appreciate all opinions here, whether we agree or not. And thank you for being respectful when you expressed your POV. Please visit again!

  2. Dude, just get a Wii U! The console is amazing and tremendously underappreciated, and the game library will be full of must play titles by the time Bayonetta 2 comes out – Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 (also made by Platinum Games), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, SSB, X, etc. The Wii U also has the best gaming community in Miiverse by far, trust me! I’ve met some amazing people through miiverse that I play and chat with regularly who are also my age (30s). I promise you, if you go Wii U you won’t be disappointed, plus you’ll get to reunite with your most favorite witch later this year! 😉

    • Nintendo published the game, but it wasn’t developed by Nintendo. They just put in. If Sony or M$ wants it bad enough, they can put the money in to make it happen. Sadly, I doubt that happens.

  3. It’s actually kinda funny to see how “fans” are so distraught over this, like they never had a game on their PS360’s that didn’t get a port for a Nintendo console. The controller’s in the other hand.

    • Well considering that the Wii U is likely the first home console that I won’t purchase, this is an entirely new feeling to me. I have owned every home console worth owning since Atari, so not being able to play a game I’m interested in has never been an issue prior to now.

  4. All I can say is shame on Sony and Microsoft for passing on Bayonetta 2, and many many thanks to Nintendo for giving Platinum a chance to make it.

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