Bayonetta is back and better than ever on Nintendo Switch. With both the original and sequel launching together later this month on the young hybrid console, the Switch versions of the games don’t feature too many noticeable differences from the original — but trust me, that’s a good thing.
By far the most significant change for the Switch versions of Bayonetta 1 & 2 is the frame rate – with both games running at a locked 60 fps. Both games still run at a native 720p. However, the upgrade in hardware allows each to reach a much smoother frame rate while playing both docked and undocked. It’s a much-welcomed improvement over the Wii U versions, which ran at 30 fps.
Other new features for Bayonetta 2, specifically, will come in the form of amiibo support. Players will be able to use compatible amiibo to unlock costumes themed after other Nintendo properties. Although I wasn’t able to test out any amiibo during my time previewing the game, I can confirm that you’ll be able to use amiibo up to a maximum of 32 times a day – which seems like a viable option for grinding halos.
In regards to the amount of content included, both games seem to have remained virtually identical to their previous counterpart consoles. Despite the game’s lower resolution, they both looked absolutely stunning on the 60-inch TV I played on, and the increased frame rate provided a much smoother play experience which made my time with the game much more enjoyable as a whole. A lot of us were expecting 1080p/60 fps for this one, but even while running at 720p, it still manages to look fantastic. And If you enjoyed Bayonetta 2’s touchscreen controls on Wii U, then you’ll be happy to know that they will also be making a return in the Switch version – which you’ll be able to use in both singleplayer and co-op.
When Bayonetta 1 & 2 launch for Nintendo Switch on Feb 16, players will be able to relive some of the most exhilarating, action-packed hack-and-slash moments from the last decade of gaming. With Hideki Kamiya’s previous work on the highly praised Devil May Cry series, there’s no doubt that Developer PlatinumGames knows what it takes to create a fun and stylish action game. Not to mention, I can’t possibly think of a better way to get audiences even more excited for the upcoming release of Bayonetta 3 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
Filip is IGN’s Nintendo Editor. Find him on Twitter @filipmiucin