Bayonetta 2 is a sequel that was almost abandoned. Sega, who published the original game, have downsized, and the sequel to Bayonetta didn’t interest them. Then Nintendo came in and saved the day by partnering up with developer Platinum Games. The catch? Bayonetta 2 will only be released for Nintendo’s console, the Wii U.
This has whipped Bayonetta’s fans into a creamy froth. They’ve campaigned for a multi-platform port ever since the exclusivity was announced. They’ve pleaded so fervently that one of the Platinum producers gave a Twitter statement last December that amounted to “We hear you, and the answer is still ‘no.’ Now stop asking.”
As you might know from my “Games under my tree” column, I played Bayonetta this year. I love it to pieces! Not only is it fun to play, even for someone like me who doesn’t like beat-em-ups; it also strikes gold with its main character. Bayonetta is one of gaming’s most powerful and unselfconscious female characters.
Heroines who struggle to achieve their objectives like reboot! Lara Croft are all well and good. But sometimes I want a Kratos. I want a Dante. I want a character whose only established trait upon arrival is “kicks butt and enjoys it.” Bayonetta is a certified badass with wholly selfish motives who doesn’t need to go the extra mile to endear herself to anyone, least of all the player. Her beauty and weaponized sex appeal were window dressing to me; Bayonetta would still be an awesome character if she were wearing a flour sack.
Now that I’ve thrown a dozen roses at the game’s feet, let me explain why I won’t be buying Bayonetta 2.
Simply put, I don’t own a Wii U, and unless a free or drastically discounted one falls into my lap between now and summer, I don’t have any plans to get one. There aren’t very many good games for the Wii U. I do think it’s the best family console, but that’s practically damning with faint praise.
I don’t blame Platinum in the slightest. They’re right when they point out that it isn’t up to them; it’s up to Nintendo. I respect Nintendo’s right, but I wonder how much they think she’ll boost flagging Wii U sales by herself.
My point is that, no matter how much I genuinely and unabashedly adore Bayonetta, I’m not buying a console just for one game. Think about that, console developers. Think about who benefits the most from exclusivity, because it certainly isn’t your customers. If it must be done, how about you give my favorite witch some good company and sink your money into some new games to join her?