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Bayonetta Turns Ten; Platinum Launches Contest

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Exactly ten years ago today, an Umbra Witch touched down on the floating fragments of a clock tower and started weaving explosively destructive spells from her hair. Bayonetta was an unusual sight for the video game market when she debuted on XBox 360 and Playstation 3 October 29, 2009, but the vampy vixen has beaten the odds to become one of today’s gaming icons.

At the time Calls of Duties and Grand Theft Autoes and their knockoffs dominated the market. The rock-headed frats that the industry was targeting didn’t care for anything else. Bayonetta’s debut disc sold fine, but not so much that publisher Sega was confident in a sequel. Fortunately Nintendo stepped in, and offered the cash to finish development of Bayonetta 2 if the game was made exclusive to their platform.

Critics fell in love with Bayonetta 2 when it was released in 2014, and it became one of the few standouts in the Wii U’s short life. Fortunately the game didn’t die there; it was one of the first to be ported to the Switch, along with the original Bayonetta. When Nintendo polled the audience to ask which character they most wanted to see added to Smash Bros for Wii U, Bayonetta won, and remains one of the most commonly used fighters in Smash.

Now a third game is in development, but apparently it’s still not ready, so in lieu of any birthday footage Platinum Games has released the above bits of art — and announced a contest to gather more. Create your best Bayonetta-related drawing, cosplay or any other creative expression, and notify Platinum with the hashtag #Bayonetta10th on Twitter or Instagram. You could win one of these fashionable prizes:

First
Prize
–Bayonetta ∞CLIMAX EDITION, signed by Hideki Kamiya
-Bayonetta Acrylic figure
-T-shirt/folder set designed by Bayonetta artist Mari Shimazaki
*The CLIMAX EDITION is a box set of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Switch, packaged with a special set of cards and stickers.
It was released only in Japan but is region free and contains all the language options of western versions.
4 winners
Second
Prize
-Bayonetta Acrylic figure
-T-shirt/folder set designed by Bayonetta artist Mari Shimazaki
16 winners
Third
Prize
-T-shirt/folder set designed by Bayonetta artist Mari Shimazaki 20 winners
Forth
Prize
-Folder designed by Bayonetta artist Mari Shimazaki 60 winners

The winners will be announced on the Platinum Games blog sometime between late November and early December. Follow Platinum on social media to be notified of the winners. And keep an eye out for Bayonetta’s return…..sometime.