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Bayonetta 2 Comes To The Switch

Updated on March 5, 2018
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Since her first Nintendo, Jennifer Branton has been an avid gamer who fairs best in Survival Horror and RPG's.

Angels And Demons

I don't have a good excuse as to why I never played Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 in their original releases. Everything about the series is right up my alley, but by the time I had heard of the title and its teaser of getting for the Wii to have the additional Nintendo themed costumes, I had already sworn off buying a Wii or Wii U due to the lack of games I would actually play.

What I missed out on the first time around, I am thankfully making up for playing now on The Switch, although other consoles still have the game. My husband pointed out The Switch had sort of a deal going for buying both games together in the online store, and reminded me of my love for The Devil May Cry franchise, then chastised me for never having played Bayonetta.

If you are the fan of very fast moving battle sequences, simple puzzles, and beating the ever-loving crap out of everything south of Heaven and North of Hell, Bayonetta is just the dark classic for you.


Bayonetta, awakens after many years and forgetting who she is, just knowing that she is a witch and some amazing powers which help her take on the battle with angels and demons on her journeys.

The Umbra Witch and Lumen Sage

Child of both a witch and a Sage, Bayonetta, also known as Cereza during her lifetime during the witch trials, the second game gives more insight on everything she has forgotten during her time in the stone tomb under the water where she slumbered for many years.

Feisty and foul mouthed with a love for fashion and a hatred for all angels and demons after the great war at the beginning of the witch trials that brought about the death of her mother, Bayonetta is believed to be the last of the Umbra Witches, a rarity that makes her highly desirable by Heaven and Hell alike. Though fast combat against enemies hundreds of times larger than the witty witch herself, Bayonetta uses rare weapons, upgrade items from The Gates Of Hell, and concocts potions to help her along way.

Like stated before, the game play is extremely fast, and I worried that I was going to push the The Switch to its limitations on this title but I was pleasantly surprised to never see a dip in frame rate, any glitches, or lag that even happened on PlayStation on occasion when I played Devil May Cry, the closest series I can compare the game play to.

The Switch was a champ at keeping up with the speed of the game and it looked beautiful. Where as the series kept true to its enemy design in both titles, Bayonetta 2, looks just a little better in comparison and colors and contrast on screen seemed a bit sharper.

To make the game unique to The Switch, Bayonetta kept in the costumes that were available back on Wii tied to the Nintendo franchises including Princess Peach, Daisy, a female Link costume, and Samus.

While Peach and Daisy look a little out of place in such a dark in nature game, it was very entertaining to see Bayonetta do a little cosplay on the side while battling angels and demons. By playing as either princess, the halo's that are collected from breaking items and killing baddies, are changed into coins from the Mario games and retain some of the sound effects.

By playing in the Samus armor, Bayonetta looks stunning, but it is hard to say if it actually aides any in the game play when most enemy attacks can be fended off easily with the dodge button. This is how dodge should actually work in all games, as there were most battles where I hardly took a hit playing on Normal difficulty.

Bayonetta does a great job of scaling enemies to the level you are playing at.

Link by far is the best of the costumes and turns halos into rupees, and ads may of the classic Legend of Zelda noises to the mix.

Bayonetta 2 is the only on The Switch to have Amibo support and allows players to use up to 32 Amibos a day which can be cashed in at The Gates Of Hell for more items needed to work potions, and more halos that can be cashed in towards upgrades in technique, weapons.

There is not a costume change option in Bayonetta 2 which is sad, as you should be able to get the costumes back from the original by using the appropriate Amibo.

I have tried playing both games with all control configurations as well and have come to the conclusion it is easiest to play on a TV using the joycons on the controller holder like a regular system. You can play in handheld and even use touchscreen for some elements in the game but I found that way too difficult to control what I was doing at the speed I needed to be in this series.

Bayonetta for all its skill is also an arcade style button-masher where every second counts when there are a screen full of enemies vs one little witch so taking time to do touchscreen or flailing around a joycon just didn't cut it for me.


I was worried that The Switch may start dropping the frame rate as the game got faster and the screen packed with enemies, but the system was flawless the entire gaming session of both games, holding strong without a glitch or crash.


The Switch And Adults

There will always be out comfort games for older players on The Switch that grew up with Nintendo and will play Breath Of The Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey because we miss that part of our gaming experience on the Xbox and PlayStation. We love Nintendo still for its bright colors and cartoon feel just as we love the grittiness that is the "Adult" consoles and that has been Nintendo's problem for years.

How to keep the adults occupied when its not bringing us back to new chapters of old childhood favorites, or family games. While every Nintendo system has always tried to sneak a few adult titles on there to keep everyone happy, I can't say I actually owned any titles that were for adults on anything but the 3DS as they released Resident Evil with the slash mode to incorporate the use of the double screen, and I tried Call Of Duty: Black Ops but instantly found I liked it much better on Xbox.

With The Switch only being around roughly a year, and its focus for the next quarter on getting some titles out there as we wait for the release of their own version of a play to play service, rumored to be around $9 a month unlike the $15 or so a month I pay for PlayStation Now, allowing me to stream their back catalog with membership. The Switch was bold in putting out both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, and following suit with more adult titles like Jackbox Party Pack 2 and 3, Worms, Don't Knock Twice, which was unfortunately awful, The Coma, and even the most gruesome title of the list Outlast which I can only imagine how many broken screen will be result of someone getting a jump scare and throwing their Switch in handheld mode. If The Switch is brave enough to include any of the Oulast DLC like The Whistle Blower, someone is about to have nightmares for weeks.

The Switch is the most successful system Nintendo has had in a long time and it is proving the hybrid style of the device is really paying off and the decision to cater to both children users and adults is what is going to save Nintendo.


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