On a night of Nintendo celebrating the past year, the company revealed a bit of their future — confirming that Bayonetta 1 and 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch early next year, with Bayonetta 3 already in development.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 8, 2017
The news came in rapid succession earlier tonight during the annual Game Awards ceremony. The segment first began with a trailer for Bayonetta 2 on the hybrid console, which also revealed that a download code for the original Bayonetta would be included in the package. This then led into a short on-stage interview segment with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime — concluding with a reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3. More details were given on the official Platinum Games developer blog:
New Features for Bayonetta 2 on the Switch
As Bayonetta 2 comes to the Nintendo Switch, it’s picking up a few extra features!
Local wireless cooperative play
The previously online-only coop Tag Climax is going local! Team up with a friend to take it on – online or off.
Bayonetta 2 for Nintendo Switch will support amiibo, including the Bayonetta amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series.
Video capture support
Record gameplay videos, starting up to thirty seconds before you press the capture button. Share videos from your Switch’s Album to Facebook and Twitter to show the world your skills!
The digital version of Bayonetta 2 can be purchased in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for $49.99 / €49.99, with the option to also then purchase the digital version of the original Bayonetta game for $9.99 / €9.99. However, if players choose to download the standalone digital version of Bayonetta first, they will pay $29.99 / €29.99, with the option to then get the digital version of Bayonetta 2 for an additional $29.99/ €29.99.
While no release window was given for the third installment of the series, the bundle of the first two games has been tabbed for release on February 16. In addition, it was also confirmed that Bayonetta 3 will once again be a Nintendo console exclusive, being developed only for the Switch.
At this time, it is also unclear if the re-releases of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta will be remastered or simply up-resed to fit with the current generation hardware. However, if the trailer is anything to go by, the games will look crisp regardless.