It hasn’t been a great week thus far for Wii U owners. With two third-party exclusives on the Wii U jumping ship, there may be concern that Nintendo’s newest console could lose even more exclusives — Bayonetta 2 being one of them. While it’s entirely possible that more “exclusive” third-party games may transition over to other systems, consumers who invested in the Wii U can rest easy knowing that Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 won’t be going anywhere.
Platinum Games designer Hideki Kamiya took to Twitter to address the possibility of either of his team’s games arriving on non-Nintendo platforms. As of right now, Kamiya confirmed, that is completely in the hands of Nintendo. Since the house of Mario is currently funding both projects, this means that they have final say on what platforms it’ll appear on. More or less, this means that 360 and PS3 users shouldn’t be expecting either game to ever see the light of day on their console.
“We are a developer. Nintendo are the ones kind enough to fund and publish our The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 projects. So if Nintendo says, ‘We are publishing Bayonetta 2 on PS3/360,’ then it will happen. So please go ask them, not us.”
While Bayonetta fans won’t be content with this news, it’s a reassuring sign to Wii U owners that some quality exclusives are still en route for their system. It’s especially reassuring after Ubisoft announced that the highly anticipated, and once platform exclusive, Rayman Legends would be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 — resulting in the Wii U version being delayed until September. That news came just a day after Tecmo Koei revealed that it would also be bringing the once exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge to other systems on April 2nd.
Both Platinum Games projects are still sans release date, but they were featured during Ninty’s recent Nintendo Direct broadcast. The pre-recorded Direct video gave a modest peek behind-the-scenes of Bayonetta 2‘s development process,while also managing to give potential players a chance to see some of the zany action featured in The Wonderful 101, but both projects appear to be shaping up quite well.
The loss of two exclusives is a blow to gamers who’ve been backing the Wii U since its launch, but there are still plenty of games for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the future. A majority of Nintendo’s Triple-A franchises can be expected to make their debut at E3 2013, so stay tuned to Game Rant for information on whatever else the Big N may have planned for its latest piece of hardware.
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