During today’s Wii U event in New York City, gamers learned that the console will arrive in North America on November 18th, and more importantly that it’ll cost between $299.99-$349.99 depending on which SKU they choose. Aside from the basic bundle info, the Big N also released a list of 50 games that’ll be arriving for the platform within its launch window, and detailed a new TVii feature that comes pre-installed on every piece of Wii U hardware.
While that’s all a lot to take in, what very well may be the biggest gaming-related announcement arrived in the form of Bayonetta 2.
Joining the likes of Platinum Games‘ The Wonderful 101 (formerly known as P-100) on the Wii U, Bayonetta 2 will be coming to the system after the initial launch window has come and gone. An exact date on when the witch-filled follow up will be releasing on the platform is still unknown, but we’d imagine more details on the game won’t be arriving until after the Wii U is available to the masses.
Fans of the original Platinum Games title have been anticipating a sequel to Bayonetta ever since its release, and they’ll finally be getting it. Anyone who enjoyed the first installment is probably wondering when the game will be hitting platforms such as Xbox 360 and PS3, and the answer to that is never. Instead of being published by Sega this time around, Nintendo will be taking on publishing duties, making Bayonetta 2 a Wii U exclusive.
Despite Bayonetta 2‘s console exclusivity, it likely won’t be a huge system seller. The original only managed to move roughly 830,000 units, which doesn’t really compare to other blockbuster franchises currently at the Big N’s disposal. That being said, it’s definitely a promising example of how Ninty is working hard to appeal to the hardcore gamers that it left behind with the Wii.
Bayonetta 2 joins Super Smash Bros. 4 as an exclusive game we know will be arriving post-launch, and it’ll be joined by even more popular titles as the months go on — provided that rumor regarding the next Legend of Zelda on Wii U turns out to be true. A console can only be as strong as its lineup of software, and we hope that we’ll find out what else Nintendo is working on shortly after the Wii U’s release.
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