New info has revealed what frame-rate Bayonetta will maintain on the Wii U; due to the first game being bundled in with the second game when it launches this October.
GameSyndrome is reporting that the original Bayonetta from seventh-gen will get some proper treatment making its way onto the Wii U with a frame-rate of 60 frames per second, as revealed by the game's director, Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya.
This is excellent news for anyone who was wondering about the game and which version the Wii U would get.
If you recall the Digital Foundry performance analysis from a few years ago regarding the breakdown between Bayonetta on the PS3 and Bayonetta on the Xbox 360, it was a night and day comparison. The PS3 struggled to run the game consistently at 30fps and suffered from one of the worst port jobs in recent history.
Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter explained that...
“Frame-rate is often running at half the speed of the 360 version and the performance impact, combined with the sheer amount of stuff going on, essentially makes the PS3 version more confusing than playable: you're starved of visual feedback.“
Thankfully, given the similarity of the PPC architecture between the Xbox 360 and the Wii U, Platinum Games was able to do a proper port-over for Nintendo's system and aim to maintain above parity performance along with introducing new content, exclusively for Wii U owners.
Essentially, this does make it evident that any game on the Xbox 360 could be ported to the Wii U with some upgrades, but will companies want to take the risk on the black sheep of eighth-gen gaming? Right now, the answer is a resounding “no”.
On the up-and-up, at least gamers who missed out on the original Bayonetta will receive an opportunity to play the game when they purchase a retail copy of Bayonetta 2. It's a brilliant move by Nintendo and ensures that there's an extra incentive to boost up the retail numbers (which is what really matters on the monthly charts) and prove that non-first party games can actually sell on the little Wii U that could.
Unlike a few of the other hard-hitting exclusives coming to the system, Bayonetta 2 actually has a rather tame waiting time since the game will be due for release this October.
If you're curious how well it plays, just check out some of Gaming Blend's exclusive E3 coverage of the title that was captured from the show floor. For even more info, feel free to pay a visit to the official website.