Recently, the official PlatinumGames Twitter account announced a new @platinumGames_j Twitter account, intended for their Japanese audience. Where things get interesting is the artwork, designed by Yusuke Hashimoto, which was embedded with the tweet. Fans were quick to point out that the blue & red color scheme and the mirrored view of Bayonetta (in her outfit from the 1st and 2nd game) are reminiscent at the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. On the other hand, the blue and red colors also match the distinct colors used in marketing for both games, so it doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything in regards to a Switch release. Still, it’s interesting that PlatinumGames went on to “like” tweets pointing out the similarities between the image and the Joy-Con controllers.
SEGA Europe have confirmed what most people had expected since their teaser website went up, and that’s the fact that the original Bayonetta is being released on PC, exclusively on Steam. What we didn’t anticipate is that the game is already available on Steam right now. And for a limited time only, the Digital Deluxe Edition is available at no extra cost to all those who purchase the game before April 25. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a 5 track soundtrack sampler and digital art book from the original Climax Edition, enhanced with concept art, and exclusive wallpapers and avatars. The game is priced at $19.99/€19.99, similar to the cost of the highly successful PC version of Valkyria Chronicles.
SEGA have released an 8-bit version of Bayonetta on Steam for free, which is a nice present to the fans in its own right, but the bigger news is probably that it hints at a different announcement next week. Fans quickly discovered a link hidden in the achievement images that points to the website http://www.sega.com/14111219, featuring a countdown towards April 11. In the background, a promotional image used for Bayonetta is shown. While it’s April Fools’ Day, and SEGA Europe’s “Bayonetta out now on PC!” tweet linking to the 8-bit game was definitely meant as a prank, the countdown suggests that SEGA may in fact be planning to announce the original Bayonetta for a release on Steam next week. We’ll know for certain next week!
In the past we’ve already featured fanart related to SEGA and Atlus characters on our website, and today we’d like to share Koyorin‘s artwork with you. I think you’ll agree that it looks really impressive! Below you can find a large selection of Koyorin’s artwork from the past 3 years that was based on various SEGA and Atlus franchises. On the side of Atlus and Vanillaware you’ll find fanart based on the Persona franchise, Catherine, Dragon’s Crown and Odin Sphere, while on the SEGA side there’s artwork of Selvaria from Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta, as well as Hatsune Miku and KanColle.
MIcrosoft has updated its list of backward compatible Xbox One games, and it includes SEGA and PlatinumGames’ Bayonetta. Over a year ago, SEGA has already confirmed that the game would be made backward compatible, and now we’re finally seeing the result of that. At the time of release Bayonetta received very favorable reviews on Xbox360 and PS3 (although SEGA’s PS3 conversion was criticized for its poor performance).
Although it’s often referred to as a commercial failure, the game still went on to sell 1.1 million copies worldwide. A number that plenty of other SEGA games never managed to reach. The sequel was picked up and published by Nintendo for the Wii U, and it’s therefore unlikely to ever appear on any non-Nintendo platform. Along with Vanquish, the original Bayonetta is a much requested PC port from fans, so hopefully it will eventually make its way to that platform.
Sony has started their annual Golden Week sale on the US PlayStation Store, and as you may expect it contains several Atlus and SEGA games. Aside from the regular discounts, PlayStation Plus subscribers get an additional discount on the games. The sales end on May 3. As usual, you can find the complete list of games below!
Today marked the final Nintendo Direct dedicated to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Since the release of these two games, the development team has provided regular post-launch content support in the form of characters, stages, costumes, and balance patches.
Closing out the roster after Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife and Fire Emblem Fates’ Corrin is Sega and Platinum Games’ iconic action hero who erupted onto the gaming scene last generation: Bayonetta. Borne out of a partnership between Sega and Platinum Games at the time of release, the first Bayonetta game was widely enjoyed by consumers and critics, and a partnership between Nintendo and Platinum Games produce the second Bayonetta title.
Bayonetta’s default costume is her Bayonetta 2 look, but she’ll also have her look for the first game as an alternate palette. Each character in Smash Bros. For Wii U and 3DS has eight outfit options, and in this game a color scheme based on jeanne is selectable. Her character trailer shows off a variety of her attacks, from Bullet Arts, to the Wicked Weaves (which appear to be Smash Attacks?) and even shout-out type attacks like the After Burner Kick. She also appears to have a very unique counter, in the form of Witch Time. If she successfully dodges an opponent’s attack upon activating Witch Time, it greatly slows down the movement speed of your opponent and hinders your opponent character’s ability to defensively react or evade any retaliatory attack from Bayonetta. Other characters’ counters can be evaded much more easily in comparison, because none of them afflict anything like Witch Time.
Nintendo supports their Smash Bros. characters with Amiibos (somewhat trainable A.I. representations of a character, that come in the form of a mini-figure) and it is confirmed that Bayonetta will have Amiibos produced for her. Sometimes when she attacks in her own games, parts of her body are exposed, but this was a trait removed for this game probably with the intention of accommodating a wider audience. Alongside Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega has two representatives in this generation’s set of Smash Bros. games, and the same idea applies to Street Fighter’s Ryu and the Classic incarnation of Mega Man representing Capcom.
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