BAYONETTA DOES THE NINTENDO SWITCH... TWICE!
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 19, 2018
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of the Bayonetta series and have been playing these games since the original Bayonetta came out on the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. This awesome game was followed by a sequel, that became a Wii U exclusive title. Last year, the first installment in this series was also released for PC. With Bayonetta 3 on the way which, by the way, is also going to be a Nintendo exclusive, it's time to take another look at the first two games in the series, wouldn't you agree? Well, Nintendo certainly seems to think so because, as of 16 February 2018, we can enjoy both Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2 on the Nintendo Switch.
If you're already familiar with the Bayonetta games, it's a great way to take that trip down to this sexy and certainly somewhat violent memory lane. And if you never played these games, it's an awesome introduction to the series. Either way, it's an excellent preparation for the upcoming Bayonetta 3, which I'm soooo looking forward to. But let's just take a step back and have another gander at the first two games, ported especially for the Nintendo Switch.
To make the most out of all the gaming goodness the Nintendo Switch has to offer, both titles received a whole new additional control system. Of course you can still play the classic way with thumb sticks and buttons, but you can also use the touch screen of your Nintendo Switch. Point and hold in the direction you want to walk and Bayonetta will walk in that direction. Tap on enemies to fight them and slide to dodge attacks. This new control scheme works brilliantly and I think it's a cool new way to control the world's naughtiest witch. Thumbs up to the developers for making the most out of the features of the Nintendo Switch. I can personally guarantee that the touch controls are just as good a way to play these games as the classic controls were!
Let's start with the game of the two that stayed pretty much the same; Bayonetta 2. It's pretty much still the same game as the one we played on our Nintendo Wii U's a couple of years ago. The game managed to work really well with the tablet controls, but that's where the differences end. It was an awesome title back then and it is still an awesome title today, so I think it was a very wise decision to bring this game to the Switch.
The first Bayonetta, however, does more than being the same game with a new control scheme. It definitely has a nice surprise up its sleeve. The game comes with a cool new feature that every Nintendo fan is bound to love! After the introduction, and "tutorial" level, in which the game explains everything there is to know about the touchpad controls, you get your first chance to change Bayonetta's costume. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the moment we've all been waiting for; you can change the Bayonetta's attire, Nintendo style!
In this newly released version, Bayonetta can enter the battlefield as a princess. Or, to be more specific, she can enter any battle as either princess Peach or princess Daisy. Both princesses will be assisted by a shelled and spiked creature, which will appear at any time at which you would normally see a fist or a boot kicking the enemies to smithereens. Also, the rings that you normally collect during the game, are replaced by those well-known Mario coins, including the pickup sound. The next character you can choose in this cosplay parade, is Princess Zelda's the best friend; Link! This outfit offers you the chance to fight with Link's sword and protect yourself against enemy attacks with his shield. The rings are turned into rupees and both the pickup and a "secret-discovered" sounds you would usually hear in a Zelda game are added to the world of Bayonetta.
But wait, there's more! Apart from the three aforementioned costumes, you can also go Metroid style and let Bayonetta dress up as Samus! When you choose to don this gleaming yellow and red outfit, you will find it allows you to fire Samus' awesome arm cannon. As an added bonus, you can also choose to raise or lower your visor, so you can tailor just how much of the Samus feel you want to incorporate into the game. Granted, the costumes are mostly there for style and fun, but it's really nice that they also add their own extra feature to the game. I really feel it's a valuable addition to an already awesome game!
With the third installment in the Bayonetta series already on its way, I think it's a very wise decision on Nintendo's part to make sure that everyone is able to play all three Bayonetta games on the same system! The switch controls really do add a new dimension to the two existing Bayonetta games. And whether you start out by playing in classic or touch mode, you can always switch at any time you like. Just try them both and pick the one that suits you best! So, after all is said and done, I can only come to one conclusion: Bayonetta is back in the best possible way!