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  • Acclaimed Flop: Although even better reviewed than the first game, the overall bad state of the Wii U's general sales hurt the overall profitability and selling potential quite a bit, though not as much as PlatinumGames' previous title for the system, The Wonderful 101. By comparison, the first game sold over a million copies in less than three months, while the second game hasn't even cracked a million within over a year of release. On the plus side, it was re-released on the Nintendo Switch, to build up to Bayonetta 3's release on the same platform. And on top of that, Nintendo made a report that they were content with the games sales, at around 500,000 copies.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Upon the lifting of the review embargo, the game shot up to the top 10 of the Amazon charts, from its previous 49th place, within hours.
    • Her unexpected inclusion as the last DLC character for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is a big one. The announcement made the game actually sell out in multiple stores, with copies being extremely hard to find in stores and online (except on eBay). Its increased popularity prompted Nintendo to re-release it as a discounted standalone game.
    • Within days of the announcement of her inclusion in Super Smash Bros., it was announced Bayonetta would be featured in the popular web series Death Battle in their Season 3 premier episode, fighting Hideki Kamiya's other popular gunslinger, Dante.
  • Executive Meddling: While Nintendo did swoop in to save the franchise, ensuring a Bayonetta 2 could even be created, some will remember Kamiya's infamous reaction to Nintendo's changes made to the box art without his permission, calling it "shit". For the record, the only thing they changed was the crescent moon into a full moon and the color of the "2" in the title from gold to red. While many fans don't think it's really that big a deal, there are those who admit that Kamiya was right in that the original artwork was superior, and agree Nintendo should have at least told him they were changing it before release. For the Switch version, the box art was changed back to what Kamiya had wanted.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Devil Trigger for Bayonetta's new Super Mode, because of Platinum Games' most famous pre-Platinum work.
    • Fans are also referring to the Umbran Armor as "Bayomecha".
    • It's of little surprise that some people prefer to refer to Loki as "Yugi", due to the fact he wears a golden upside-down pyramid around his neck and his weapons are (tarot) cards.
  • I Knew It!: Quite a few people managed to guess that the Masked Lumen is a younger version of Balder.
  • Network to the Rescue:
    • Originally, there wasn't going to be a Bayonetta 2, until Nintendo decided to fund it. Compared to Nintendo's last collaboration with Platinum, they provided a lot of advertising for Bayonetta 2, even holding a promotion with Playboy.
    • Despite flopping the first time around, Nintendo put Bayonetta on the public spotlight again and re-released the game on the Switch alongside the first game.
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  • Recycled Script: Quite a few character tropes and plot elements were reused from the first game, and a lot of cinematography was echoed. Fortunately, the game manages to combine them in new ways, so it doesn't feel stale. Given the Time Travel themes in both games, it actually works fairly well.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Enemies like Valiance and Enrapture were going to be in the first game but were cut for budget restraints and time.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Sega either didn't want to or couldn't (due to financial problems) see this game being made, so Platinum had to look for another publisher. Nintendo was the only one up to it.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The "Purist Gun Run", in which a player will only use Love Is Blue, the first set of weapons automatically given to Bayonetta at the end of the Prologue chapter. There's also the "Handgun Run", in which a player will only use the Handguns, which are similar to Love Is Blue but weaker, and incapable of channeling the Umbran Climax. For players who really want a challenge, there's "Beyond ∞", in which the player wears the Gaze of Despair accessory through '∞ Climax' difficulty, basically taking the already Harder Than Hard enemies and putting them in Berserk mode (not to mention only leaving the player with a single usable accessory slot).
  • Talking to Himself: Both Bayonetta and her mother Rosa are voiced by Hellena Taylor.
  • Un-Cancelled: This game was originally cancelled by Sega due to restructuring. Nintendo then approached Sega to fund Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive, with them publishing it.

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