Yesterday an interesting tweet appeared on the official account of Platinum Games. It shows the two versions of Bayonetta from the first game and the sequel on top of each other — one has a light blue background, the other has a bright red background. These are also the official colors of the Switch Joy-Cons.
Immediately people started reading into it, and the tweet was drowned in replies along the lines of “BAYO 2 FOR SWITCH????” There was no response from Platinum, but if you look at the history, they have only favorited the replies that mention the possibility. Hmm.
If Platinum and Sega are really thinking of giving Bayonetta 2 (and, apparently, its predecessor) a Switch port, I highly applaud the move. The Wii U had a library of amazing games that a lot of people will never play unless they’re republished on Nintendo’s newer, better-performing console. Nintendo seems to be aware of this, which is why we’re getting upgraded versions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament, as well as a Splatoon 2 that skews close to the original. On my list of Wii U titles that I would like to see “rescued,” Bayonetta 2 is near the top.
Truthfully, until this tweet appeared, I didn’t have much hope for it. Ordinarily it’s the M-rated titles that get the shaft on Nintendo consoles. We’ve certainly never seen Eternal Darkness republished since it appeared on Gamecube. Bayonetta 2 didn’t sell very well in Japan, but neither did the Wii U. It got stronger numbers in the States, enough to produce a reprint without the bonus disc of Bayonetta 1. The original print is, of course, more valuable, and remains in demand as one of the highest-priced Wii U games on eBay.
Let’s hope we see this sassy witch kick her lethal heels on the Switch soon!