Yesterday, you could begin playing as Bayonetta and Corrin in Super Smash Bros. 4. We all know that Corrin literally exists to promote Fire Emblem: Fates, coming out this February 19 in North America in multiple versions like a Pokémon game. While Bayonetta is in because people voted for her (pushed mostly by Europe), don't think for a moment that Nintendo ain't taking advantage of her existence for advertisement!
'cause, you know what also is coming out February 19? Bayonetta 2! Re-released.
|All by itself.|
Remember that before, in North America, Bayonetta 2 was only released as a bundle with Bayonetta the first. Presumably because the first Bayonetta was never released on a Nintendo system, and they didn't want people to be left out since Bayonetta 2 is a sequel.
It was widely reported recently that Bayonetta 2 was is out-of-print at retail. With Bayonetta being showcased in Super Smash Bros. 4, it makes sense that Nintendo would take the time to get more sales.
|'cause this doesn't seem like a good way to capitalise on Bayonetta's DLC.|
|$49.99 for Bayonetta 2, and then you get Bayonetta for $19.99.|
I doubt Bayonetta 3, if it exists, will be exclusive to the NX. That doesn't match the clear trend we're seeing here. That said, PlatinumGames will do contractual game creation. If Nintendo asks and pays for it, they would do it since that's their model. I also doubt that Nintendo is actually interested in buying out the Bayonetta franchise. What would the point of that be? Nintendo isn't good at developing in-house action games like that, and if it's not Platinum working on it then it wouldn't be a very good experience. People play Bayonetta for the PlatinumGames distinct action experience.
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