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Bayonetta began development in 2007 and was completed in 2009. Mari Shimazaki designed the game’s characters to be “fashionable”, with “subdued” features.[1] She designed the titular character to fulfill Kamiya’s request for a modern, female witch that wears glasses and wields four guns.[2] The game’s Director Hideki Kamiya had been looking to improve third person action games from the last time he attempted one (Devil May Cry), and as a result Bayonetta includes multiple references to the DMC series as well as to Clover Games. Bayonetta was later released to critical acclaim.

Bayonetta 2 was announced September 13th, 2012[3] as a Wii U exclusive. At Nintendo 2014 E3 event, it was announced that Bayonetta 2 would come bundled with a port of the original Bayonetta.[5] Bayonetta 2 was released to critical acclaim.


Bayonetta takes place in Vigrid, a fictional city in Europe. The titlular character is a witch who shapeshifts and uses various firearms, along with magical attacks she performs with her own hair by summoning demons to dispatch her foes. She awakens after a 500-year sleep and finds herself in an unfamiliar area with no memories of who or what she is.


Bayonetta is a single-player, third-person 3D action game. Its combat system is similar to that of director Hideki Kamiya’s previous title, Devil May Cry. The player controls a witch named Bayonetta, and using both melee and long ranged attacks, complex combo strings, and multiple weapons, is encouraged to explore ways to dispatch angelic enemies with as much flair as possible. Special commands or actions are woven into events, finishes, executions, and unique “Torture Attacks” in which Bayonetta summons a variety of devices to deal devastating blows to her enemies. Such devices range from chainsaws to iron maidens.

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Bayonetta has been featured in a number of fan art over tumblr and deviantart.



Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is a 2013 anime produced by Studio Gonzo. It is the first piece of Bayonetta media to have Japanese Voice actors, as the original game was exclusively in english. It recreates the story of the first game, with some minor changes to the story. On June 18th, 2014, Funimation announced it had obtained the rights to the film and will be releasing the English dub latter that year.[4]

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