Nintendo recap: The truth behind the Bayonetta cover-up and a glimpse into the success of Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Nintendo recap. After months of waiting, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has finally released on Switch, and it’s turning out to be a huge game with plenty of improvements over previous entries in the series. In other news, we learned this week that it wasn’t Nintendo who told PlatinumGames to cover our favorite witch, Bayonetta.
We also finally got a release date for the second wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, which brings additional courses, including a brand new one, to the game. There’s plenty more to discuss, so let’s go. -y.
Bayonetta 3’s Coverup Wasn’t Nintendo’s Idea
You will recall that a few weeks ago Nintendo released a new trailer for the upcoming Bayonetta 3 and explained that this adult game would have a new naive angel mode that would keep the witch Umbra covered instead of seeing her naked through his most powerful attacks. Many people on the internet didn’t react well to this news, with some people accusing Nintendo of making PlatinumGames censor our leading lady.
However, PlatinumGame Executive Director Hideki Kamiya recently explained on Twitter that the reverse is actually true.
ベヨ の 露 出 の 話 に なる と 「任天堂 だ 云々」 」という を を やたら に する けど 、 ベヨ （（移植 ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ ベヨ 、 、 から 露 出 出 の こと 口 を を 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さ 出さた こと から から 露 出 の こと 口 口 を 出さ た こと こと こと は ベヨ ベヨ 2 で リンク の 「もっと もっと 胸元 露 出 さ せ て も のでは？？？」 提案 提案 さ れ た こと を 除い て て て て て て一度もないんですよ…July 19, 2022
“I see a lot of people talking about Nintendo when discussing nudity in Bayonetta, but during our time with the Bayonetta 1, Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 port, the only suggestion we received was for Link’s costume in Bayonetta 1 and 2, and how it should have been kinda After developer. No bias influenced this aspect of the game, and I think players can enjoy the game without worrying about what it might have been like. As Iwacchi mentioned, Nintendo isn’t just a giant company with red tape around every corner, and after working with them for so long, I feel like even though there are times when we can bump into each other, they’re surprisingly open to guiding discussions around development and sales.
(Thanks for the translation, NintendoEverything)
So it turns out that Nintendo didn’t ask PlatinumGames to tone down the more bawdy elements of Bayonetta. In fact, Nintendo asked the developer at least once to make their design more racy and in a Link cosplay as well. Scandalous. 😘
Naive Angel Mode is believed to be designed so that people playing at home with family or those streaming online don’t have to worry so much about “inappropriate” images. If you think about it, this mode will make the game more accessible for more players, even if the innuendo-filled dialogue doesn’t change.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 releases to overwhelmingly positive reviews
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has officially released on Nintendo Switch after what seems like an eternity of waiting. The game performed very well among critics and was at 89 Metascore at the time of this writing. Of the many accolades it has received, the one that everyone can agree on is that the world is huge with many quests to complete. Some have even reported that it took over 100 hours to beat. We’re currently working on our review of the game on iMore and will post it next week, so check back for that.
Despite being a Switch exclusive, some people have managed to bring the JRPG to Steam Deck and other platforms since the full game leaked a week before launch. This means that there are already plenty of spoilers floating around online, so if you want to avoid them, you’ll have to be careful when you’re on social media or streaming sites.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 concept art and challenges revealed in Nintendo interview
While we’re on the subject, Nintendo has released a three-part interview in which the Monolith Soft developers behind Xenoblade Chronicles 3 talk about the game and the challenges they faced creating it. They discuss just about everything, including character design, combat, music, and even motion capture.
At one point, producer and director Koh Kojima explained that creating characters was a “hellish process of trial and error”. The team particularly struggled to get Noah the right look as they wanted him to be both a powerful individual and a philosopher. Concept art for some of the characters was even included in the interview.
Another interesting thing is that this interview reveals the team’s efforts to create an immersive world. We know from the first trailer that flutes play an important role in the game, but the interview reveals that the developers actually made their own flutes so they could create unique music. As Mitsuda said, “By making the flutes from scratch, you can create a sound that has never been heard before.” It’s going deep into a level of audible world-building that I like to hear.
With the team working so hard to improve previous games in the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise and focusing on so many fine details, it’s no wonder the third installment in the JRPG series has done so well.
Wave 2 of the Mario Kart Booster Course Pass brings eight additional courses next week
On Thursday, Nintendo announced that Wave 2 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass will finally release on August 4. This will bring two additional cups with four courses each. Among those announced are fan favorites from previous Mario Kart games and an all-new, never-before-seen course that looks so smooth it just might give you cavities.
|Course||original game||The description|
|New York minute||Round||Pass towering skyscrapers and enjoy a scenic drive through the park on this Big Apple-inspired course from the Mario Kart Tour mobile game.|
|Circuit Mario 3||SNES||Make your way around tight turns and avoid Warp Pipes on this classic course that originated in Super Mario Kart on Super NES.|
|Kalimari Desert||N64||This desert race features frequent skirmishes with an old-fashioned steam engine running through the course – be careful not to cause any delays!|
|Pinball Waluigi||DS||Throw, bump and traverse this giant pinball-themed course, complete with colorful lights and sounds. Just try not to bow!|
|Course||original game||The description|
|Sydney Sprint||Round||Soak up the sun as you soar over the bay and cruise around the sights on this course from Mario Kart Tour.|
|snow country||ACS||Try not to slip and slide on this Mario Kart: Super Circuit winter course. Remember: cool heads will prevail.|
|Mushroom throat||Wii||This course features an underground cavern, deep chasms and giant mushrooms to spring out of – make sure you land safely!|
|Dizzying Sundae||Brand new||The competition may heat up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax in this sweet race, which is filled with larger-than-life desserts at almost every turn. Prove you’re number one under the sun (dae) in this first lesson!|
Anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership can play these new courses when they go live next Thursday. If you don’t have a subscription, you can also purchase the Booster Course Pass alone from Nintendo for $24.99. However, you must have the base game to play the additional courses.
Digimon Survive is out on Switch
After almost no information was released before launch, Digimon Survive was finally released on Friday for multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch. This franchise was Pokémon’s big competitor in the 90s, but its games haven’t done very well in recent years.
Not only that, but the game’s official Twitter account posted a recommendation for players not to discuss spoilers on social media for two months.
We ask players to avoid posting anything on social media that could spoil the story from Chapter 5 onwards for the first two months after the release of Digimon Survive. Let’s make Digimon Survive a one-of-a-kind experience! pic.twitter.com/ONeEH2tnptJuly 27, 2022
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a good idea of the playability of this game since Bandai Namco didn’t give out review codes before release. I’m neck deep in the huge world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, so I won’t be playing it anytime soon. However, if a company refuses to give reviewers codes, it’s often a sign that there is something wrong with the game and it probably won’t run well. We’ll have to see if that’s the case as user reviews start pouring in.
What to play this week
I highly recommend checking out Xenoblade Chronicles 3 if you haven’t already. I’ve been playing it for several hours and it turned out to be a good addition to the series with a complex combat system and an engaging plot. If you were worried about getting started, know that it is also suitable for beginners! At the very least you will get what you pay for as it lasts over 100 hours.
Until next time.
– Rebecca Lance