Bayonetta 2 Available Now: Review Roundup, Nintendo Character Art And A Thank You From The Director Of Wii U Exclusive

By Steve Buja , Updated Oct 24, 2014 09:24 AM EDT
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The witch is back. The much anticipated, thoroughly well received action sequel Bayonetta 2 is out now exclusively for the Wii U. Yes, that is right: a hardcore shoot em up, filled with a gratuitous amount of T&A and violence, is on that 'kiddie system'.

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The reviews are in and frankly, you should buy this game. Kotaku gives it a solid recommendation, stating that gameplay reigns triumphant. "Bayonetta 2 often feels like it's a game that's trying to top itself every five minutes or so, and while the action the player engages in feels finely honed throughout, the game gives you very little story-based reason for it all."

Eurogamer gives the title a 9 out of 10, stating "Bayonetta 2's biggest disappointment may be that it's an iterative sequel, but it's not such a problem when it's iterating on genius."

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IGN echoes the sentiment, giving the game a resounding 9.5 whilst saying "Bayonetta 2 builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the best action games of the year."

One of the best action games of the year! On the Wii U? What madness is this?

The game has been out in Japan for several weeks now, and with the release in foreign markets, the game's director Yusuke Hashimoto has written a letter to all the fans thanking them for their encouragement and patience in getting the title out. The original Bayonetta came out in 2009.

"I've been overjoyed to receive so many messages from all of you on my twitter (PG_y_hashimoto). Thanks so much. During production, those messages helped me out a lot, and now, I'm just thinking... I can't believe it's finally on sale. This will be the first title I've worked on that will hit the stores in five years.

"I remember writing "See you next stage!" in the staff comments for The Eyes of Bayonetta, the art book for the original game. Back then I just meant for it to pertain to whatever next game I worked on. I never dreamed it would come to mean me directing the sequel to Bayonetta.

"A lot has happened in five years. Going from producer to director, moving to a new console... there was a lot of trial and error involved in moving forward, but I think we were able to give so much to the final product because we always believed, we want as many people as possible to enjoy Bayonetta 2.

"This time around, we're really blown away with all the opportunities we've had. We were able to add Japanese audio, so many collaboration costumes with Nintendo, and even a port of Kamiya's original classic to the package... honestly, a deal like this feels too good to be true."

And because the title, originally found on last gen consoles, has moved to the Wii U, PlatinumGames has of course created several Nintendo-inspired costumes for the witch to wear. The concept art alone is priceless, and should inspire years of Cosplay.

You can pick up Bayonetta 2 at stores everywhere. Players who download either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 via the Nintendo eShop will get a credit for purchasing the other, effectively giving you two for the price of one.

Fans of general over- the-topness, you should really pick this one up.

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