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Bayonetta 3 Announced, Is Switch Exclusive

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Nintendo said at The Game Awards that Platinum Games is developing Bayonetta 3 exclusively for the Switch.

It showed a brief pre-rendered trailer (above), and also said that Bayonettas 1 and 2 are coming to Switch in February.


Platinum’s stylish action game series, directed by Hideki Kamiya, made waves with its unforgettable main character and over-the-top set pieces when it debuted on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2009. Nintendo, in a surprise move, scooped up the series as a Wii U exclusive a few years later, taking publishing duties away from Sega and developing the sequel exclusively for its hardware.

In announcing Bayonetta 3 for Switch, Nintendo is showing that it’s doubling down on M-rated hardcore action games, its development relationship with Platinum, and the series itself. Nintendo hasn’t said when Bayonetta 3 will be available, so it’ll likely be a bit of a wait.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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Announcing Bayonetta 3 just proves that Nintendo believes in the franchise, so screw SEGA for wanting to give up. I don’t care if it is exclusive. We have to remember that Bayonetta 2 wouldn’t have even existed if it wasn’t for Nintendo, and you better believe that Bayonetta 3 is a reality because of Nintendo again.

Oh, man. Nintendo and Platinum can keep this relationship growing, please. Just give the fans more Bayonetta! WE LOVE IT!