Developer: Platinum Games
The original Bayonetta was a cult classic on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, placing players in the high-heeled boots of the titular sassy and wise-cracking witch. Developed by acclaimed Japanese studio Platinum Games, it felt every inch the spiritual successor to the beloved Devil May Cry series. When original publisher Sega passed on the sequel, Nintendo shocked everyone by stepping in and securing it as a Wii U exclusive.
Bayonetta 2 certainly isn’t your typical Nintendo-published title. It features violence, gore, sexual innuendo and enough foul language to make Mario’s face turn as red as his shirt. It’s also an amazing demonstration of how powerful the Wii U is when in the right hands; the visuals are arguably on par with anything we’ve seen on next-generation systems, and the intense action is deep, exciting and rewarding. The combat engine is built around experimentation, with different combination attacks earning you better scores. There are a wide range of weapons to unlock and secrets to discover, as well as an online challenge mode.
Bayonetta 2 is an unlikely title for the Wii U and one which you could say sits rather awkwardly next to family favourites likes of Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong, but it is nevertheless one of the console’s most impressive releases.