The internet is a crazy and passionate place. I’ve said openly that I hope Bayonetta 2 tanks. I have also tried to explain why I said those things. Even though I now believe that the Wii-U is a viable purchase, I still really do not want to buy Bayonetta 2 on that console. I want every console to have exclusives, I want every console to have unique reasons to purchase them. My motives in Bayonetta 2 tanking stems purely from that dark troll place most gamers hate. It is selfish. It stems from the place that makes gamers demand new endings to finished products. I want Bayonetta 2 to tank because I am the greedy entitled gamer and I want what I want. Period. But my rantings are mostly tongue and cheek… I was nor never will be one of these people. I just want Bayonetta 2 on a console I own and hope the right chain of events makes it happen.
“Can Bayonetta 2 come to other consoles?” The answer is “Yes.” and it is the whole foundation to my absolutely terrible desire to have Bayonetta 2 fail as a Wii-U exclusive.
OK? Now that we have gotten that out of the way. Hear me out. Am I really chomping at the bit for Bayonetta 2 to tank? Not at all. It sounds exactly like the game I want it to be. It sounds… perfect. If I had a Wii-U, I would be all over that title because I am a fan of that game. I am more than happy that it is well constructed because when I do play it, it will be a delightful well-executed romp through demon and witch-haired infested playgrounds. What’s more to want?
Well I’m a childish self-entitled baby and I want the highest definitionest High-Def HD-supreme-sixty-frame-per-second-masterpiece I can have. Something I will not see any time soon should this franchise have legs on a Nintendo console.
But forget my stupid, stupid motives for a second. The real question is… will Bayonetta 2 be made available to other consoles? WAY TOO EARLY TO KNOW! Better question is “Can Bayonetta 2 come to other consoles?” The answer is “Yes.” and it is the whole foundation to my absolutely terrible desire to have Bayonetta 2 fail as a Wii-U exclusive. It doesn’t have to fail, but it helps.
“The only way Bayonetta 2 will show up on anything other than the Wii U (and maybe the 3DS) is if Nintendo spontaneously feels like doing charity work for Sony and Microsoft.” – Lucas Sullivan (GamesRadar.com)
I disagree with the above statement. It should be noted this quote was stated before the game shipped. If the game sells through the roof, I agree with Senior Sullypants up there. He (or she, can’t be sexist in 2014) is correct that it would be silly if Bayonetta 2, being a lucrative exclusive investment, appear on other consoles. It would lose the appeal to own a Wii-U.
However Bayonetta 2 is not off to a great start in Japan. If the game fails to catch on in other territories such as the UK or North America, Nintendo may just want to figure out a way to get a return as fast as possible. Nintendo is a business. They have to deal with angry investors who do not even understand their poducts and want the company to bleed money. This is not about what you, I or even what the Nintendo Fanboy-God Shigeru Miyamoto wants. This is about producing dollars. If Bayonetta 2 does not produce enough dollars within a certain amount of time, somebody somewhere will call it a loss. Somebody somewhere else then needs to find a lawyer and accountant to crunch numbers to see if it would be worth while to port.
Then that’s it. So for now, Bayonetta 2 on 360/PS3 or PS4/Xbox One? Don’t hold your breath. But the option has never not been on the table so far.
The Jaded Gamer