Back at E3 2014, Nintendo made an announcement that included both some good news and some bad one. The good news was that Bayonetta 2 will be released this October, the bad news is that it’s only coming out for the Wii U. Granted, if you happen to own a Wii U there’s actually no bad news for you. As for the release date, Nintendo announced something more specific today and revealed that the game will arrive on October 24th. The company also reminds everyone that the retail version of Bayonetta 2 comes bundled with the original Bayonetta, which was first released in Japan for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2009. While the original was definitely a great game, its sequel is shaping up to be even better as it comes with a bunch of new and interesting features.
- Initiate the new Umbran Climax technique to temporarily summon demons and boost Bayonetta’s attack range whenever you fill her magic gauge.
- Fight with new over-the-top weapons that open new possibilities to the way you battle, including the Kafka, a bow that shoots poisonous arrows; the Rakshasa, a pair of beautiful katana blades; and a giant rifle-inspired scythe known as the Chernobog.
- Team up with a friend in Tag Climax, a two-player online co-op mode.
- In online quick matches, you can wager halos, the in-game currency that you earn by defeating enemies. You receive a large sum back if you can prove you’re a better fighter than your partner. Halos can then be traded in a story mode shop to unlock new techniques, buy accessories and pick up alternate weapon variations.
- Every chapter ends with a medal ranking: Stone, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Pure Platinum. The more skilled you are, the higher your ranking.
- This game is approachable for players of all levels, with settings of three difficulty levels. Through Touch Play, you can play with the GamePad’s stylus and touch screen, regardless of which difficulty you choose.
Wii U owners certainly have every reason to be excited about Bayonetta 2, but make sure you also check out the original because it comes with a few surprises that were not available on the Xbox 360 and PS3. These surprises come in the form of new costumes inspired by popular Nintendo series such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario and Metroid. The costumes not only change Bayonetta’s appearance, but some of her attacks as well. As a side note, the digital version of Bayonetta 2 does’t come bundled with the original game.