Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct Recap
Nintendo livestreamed a Nintendo Direct this morning, highlighting Bayonetta 2, the exclusive Wii U title featuring the titular character, Bayonetta the Umbra Witch. Directing the Direct were Bayonetta 2 Director Yusuke Hashimoto and Bayonetta 2 Producer Akiko Kuroda, delivering all sorts of information. The upcoming game was described by Hashimoto as “non-stop climax action”, with “controls that meld with your mind.” In her latest outing, Bayonetta must save her best friend Jeanne from Inferno, battling Angels and Demons who stand in her way.
In addition to regular controls, players can use an automatic mode if they can’t get the hang of combos, and a touch mode, where players can tap on the GamePad to attack enemies. Paired from the previous games’ Torture Attacks, where players can “punish” single enemies with all sorts of torture devices is the Umbran Climax, which increases Bayonetta’s attacks and range allowing her to attack multiple enemies more efficiently. Described as “the Platinum Challenge”, players eager for difficulty are invited to try out secret rooms within story mode called “Muspelheim”, where, just like the first Bayonetta’s Alfheims and The Wonderful 101’s Kahkoo-Regahs, players are presented with hidden stages where they face some form of restriction, like being able to fight with one specific skill.
Additional cosplay Nintendo costumes based off Fox McCloud from the Star Fox franchise and Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise were also announced, alongside the outfits that were announced at E3 in the rerelease of the first Bayonetta on the Wii U. The previously announced outfits based on Princess Peach from the Mario franchise, Link from the Legend of Zelda franchise and Samus from the Metroid franchise, as well as the two recently announced outfits, were confirmed this morning to be usable in Bayonetta 2 as well as the first Bayonetta. The online only co-operative mode Tag Climax was also shown, where players can bet ingame currency to increase the difficulty and the reward of co-op missions, which can then be spent in the single player mode for new costumes and upgrades.
Bayonetta 2 will be released on October 25th, exclusively on the Wii U. Bayonetta 2 can be purchased in store and on the eShop along with a rerelease of the first Bayonetta for $79.95, or separately on the eShop for $49.95 for the first Bayonetta, and $69.95 for Bayonetta 2. There will be a discount for players who purchase one of the two games for the other so that the total price for both games will end up being $79.95.