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Bayonetta Xbox 360 BoxBayonetta is an action hack and slash game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Sega.  The game originally released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 then was later ported to the Nintendo Wii U when Nintendo partnered with PlatinumGames to develop a sequel to the game.

Development of the game began in January 2007 under the direction of Hideki Kamiya.   The development team at PlatinumGames used the Xbox 360 console as their platform of choice for the development of the game while Sega had Nex Entertainment handle porting the game to the PlayStation 3.  Bayonetta was one of PlatinumGames first games as a developer and was Kamiya’s first project with PlatinumGames.

Kamiya wrote and designed the game from the ground up as an original concept using “sexiness” and “partial nudity” as the game’s theme.  Kamiya and artist Mari Shimazaki designed the characters to be fashionable and spent over a year finalizing Bayonetta’s design.  Shimazaki designed the game’s protagonist based off Kamiya request of a modern female witch that wears glasses and wields four guns.  They both settled on Shimazaki’s original design concept for the character despite working over a year on other concepts.  The protagonist emerged as a long-haired, black clothed witch with a beehive hairdo and glass which Kamiya insisted be incorporated into the design to differentiate Bayonetta from other female characters and to give her a sense of mystery and intelligence.

Publisher(s)Sega (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Nintendo (Wii U, Switch)
SuccessorBayonetta 2
Platform(s)Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Media TypeOptical Disc
ReleaseJP: October 29, 2009
NA: January 5, 2010
EU: January 8, 2010
Hack and Slash
Development Time2 Years 8 Months
Sales1.1 million
RatingESRB: M
PEGI: 18
Rereleased Platform(s)

Wii U – 2014
PC – 2017
Switch – 2018

PlayStation 4 – 2020
Xbox One – 2020

As the game’s theme was centered around “sexiness”, the game’s protagonist’s attacks had to take this into consideration.  The protagonist’s various attacks were designed in such a manner to reveal her body, this was accomplished by giving her magical hair that is used to form clothes to cover her body but in order to perform particular attacks her magical hair is required and the clothes are stripped from her body to perform the attack.  While She can magically shape her hair into anything and use it as a weapon to eliminate her enemies, she also has access to four guns, two handguns and two attached to her high heels.

Kamiya previously worked for Capcom and their subsidiary Clover Studios on such games as Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe and Okami.  His past experiences helped influence the game’s development and the game even makes occasional references to these games.  While he continued to build upon the action hack and slash style he created when developing Devil May Cry, Bayonetta concept is completely original.  After 500 years of sleep, a witch named Bayonetta awakes to find herself confronted by enemies.  With no recollection of who she is or the reason she is being attacked, she must battle her way through the city of Vigrid while her memory slowly returns.

The game received praise for its combat, presentation, and soundtrack when it released in October 2009 in Japan and in January 2010 in North American and Europe.  The game won several year end accolades and sold over a million units worldwide between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases.  Bayonetta became PlatinumGames’ best-selling title at the time and the development studio partnered with Nintendo to develop a sequel exclusive for the Nintendo Wii U.   Since the Wii U did not receive the original release of the game at the time of release, the game was ported to the Wii U to launch along side it’s sequel.

To celebrate the game’s ten-year anniversary, Sega announced a compilation for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  The retail release included a steelbook with Bayonetta, along with another PlatinumGames title Vanquish, on a single disc.

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Hellena TaylorEnglish Voice Actor (Bayonetta)
Grey DeLisle-GriffinEnglish Voice Actor (Jeanne)
David FennoyEnglish Voice Actor (Rodin)
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Grant AlbrechtEnglish Voice Actor (Father Balder)
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Yuri LowenthalEnglish Voice Actor (Luka)
Atsuko TanakaJapanese Voice Actor (Bayonetta)
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Mie SonozakiJapanese Voice Actor (Jeanne)
Miyuki SawashiroJapanese Voice Actor (Cereza)
Norio WakamotoNorio WakamotoJapanese Voice Actor (Father Balder)
Reiko SuzukiJapanese Voice Actor (Umbran Elder)
Tessho GendaJapanese Voice Actor (Rodin)
Wataru TakagiWataru TakagiJapanese Voice Actor (Enzo)

Hellena TaylorEnglish Voice Actor (Bayonetta)
Grey DeLisle-GriffinEnglish Voice Actor (Jeanne)
David FennoyEnglish Voice Actor (Rodin)
Chick VenneraEnglish Voice Actor (Enzo)
Grant AlbrechtEnglish Voice Actor (Father Balder)
Jenny O"HaraEnglish Voice Actor (Umbran Elder)
Joy JillianEnglish Voice Actor (Cereza)
Yuri LowenthalEnglish Voice Actor (Luka)
Atsuko TanakaJapanese Voice Actor (Bayonetta)
Daisuke NamikawaJapanese Voice Actor (Luka)
Mie SonozakiJapanese Voice Actor (Jeanne)
Miyuki SawashiroJapanese Voice Actor (Cereza)
Norio WakamotoNorio WakamotoJapanese Voice Actor (Father Balder)
Reiko SuzukiJapanese Voice Actor (Umbran Elder)
Tessho GendaJapanese Voice Actor (Rodin)
Wataru TakagiWataru TakagiJapanese Voice Actor (Enzo)

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