What The Hell Is A Bayonetta Sequel Doing On The Wii U?
I know I'm going to take flak from Nintendo fans but I don't care. Somebody has to say it.
Seriously, why the hell is Bayonetta 2 exclusive to the Wii U? Zero logic. So you cancel the game for the PS3 and 360 (good job, Sega) and then suddenly make it for the Wii U? Who's the genius behind this move?
This makes about as much sense as putting Manhunt 2 on the Wii. Look, I know the Nintendo followers desperately want to believe that something like the Wii U targets everybody, that the demographic is literally anyone between the ages of 2 and 102. Hence, it would make sense that the system would boast both family-friendly products and games that are the equivalent of rated R movies. But in reality, we all know this isn't true; we know Nintendo has successfully established themselves as the family-friendly company and advertises as such. "Look mommy, a funny witch with glasses...who's almost naked!"
Of all the fans who loved Bayonetta, who actually believes that the majority of them will own the Wii U? Who believes the majority will go, "Oh, it's on Wii U? Guess I have to get that system now"...? It's not necessarily about blood and guts but the obvious innuendo makes it stand out. Sure, the Wii U is gonna have Call of Duty, too, so it seems to already be branching out beyond the Wii's boundaries. ...but not by much. And for the record, I wouldn't mind in the slightest if Bayonetta 2 was also on the Wii U in addition to the PS3 and Xbox 360. But making it exclusive? This is like when Namco Bandai made Beautiful Katamari exclusive to the 360 after multiple successful installments that were exclusive to the PS2.
From a marketing perspective, such moves make zero sense. And big surprise that the next Katamari (Katamari Forever) went back to the PlayStation universe. I have absolutely no problem with multiplatform anything; what I can never understand is the business decision that says, "Yeah, we should just completely switch platforms, leaving all the original fans behind or forcing them to adopt a new piece of hardware to play a new entry." Senseless. I'm so confused.
9/13/2012 8:22:07 PM Ben Dutka