How Platinum Games Designed Bayonetta 2’s Nintendo Costumes

By Sato . October 24, 2014 . 1:48am


While Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, it was still pretty surprising to see her actually wear costumes from Nintendo characters like Link, Princess Peach, and Samus. In a recent blog post by Platinum Games, they talk about how it started and the design process for all three costumes.



The collaboration costumes with Nintendo started when Hideki Kamiya asked the developers at Platinum to design some Princess Peach costumes for Bayonetta, which was pretty surprising for the designers, as both characters are complete contrasts.


The above image is what was used as the base for the designs.



Here are the first rough designs that were drawn to show Kamiya different possibilities, to which he said that the closer they could make it to Peach’s original designs, the better.


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After getting some feedback, the above is a look at the cleaned-up result of Bayonetta’s Peach costume, in addition to the little Mario strap.



They also used the same design for Princess Peach’s to make one for Daisy as well, which also comes with a Luigi charm.


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The designer mentions that he’s a big fan of mecha, so designing the Samus suit was the most fun for him. To the left is the original design, which is based off Samus’ Varia Suit, but Kamiya said that her Power Suit would be better, so they decided to go with that.



Finally, the above is a look at the Link costume, which they felt like they couldn’t do much to change it in terms of design, which Kamiya was fine with. However, since they were working on costumes based on Nintendo characters, they had to make sure it was fine, then have Nintendo take a look for a final check as well.



For that reason, the designers at Platinum were careful, and felt that it could be risky to make Link’s outfit look sexy, so they decided to design it so her chest area would not be as revealing.


To their surprise, it was actually Nintendo who then suggested to have the design show more of her chest, which really impressed the Platinum designers to hear coming from Nintendo.



After all was said and done, the Platinum Games designers were satisfied with the costume, and felt that they were able to retain some of Bayonetta’s characteristics in it.


Bayonetta 2 will release in North America and Europe on October 24, 2014 for Wii U.

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  • Namuro

    Oh, these are really nice designs! A wrestler peach costume would have been nice, too! LOL

    Also, if Nintendo ever decide to make a Zelda game with a female Link, they should totally have a sexy Link like this! XD

    • No need for a female Link…

      • Namuro

        I didn’t say I “WANT” a female Link. I just said that if they “EVER” decide to.

        Also, notice the smiley face at the end of the sentence. I wasn’t serious. Jeez…

        • I’m aware of what you said. I merely stated there was no need.

          • Misty Dawson

            Matter of opinion.

          • How so?

          • Haganeren

            Well, if one want a female Link, he technically “needs” (The term may be too strong) a female link…. So matter of opinion.

          • I don’t work for Nintendo nor can I speak for where the series will go but it’s more or less a fact that we will never get a female Link.

          • Lol, you’d be surprised. Someone there is considering the idea. >uO

            But more importantly, it was their opinion so you don’t need to tell them “no need.” It’s just an amusement of their’s. This was like last time, right? Lets be more considerate of everyone else in the future and maybe word things better. (“I disagree, but to each their own,” or something.)

          • Unless it’s Eiji Aonuma or Shigeru Miyamoto that someone is irrelevant. Usually I’m a jackass in a situation like this. I’m not keen on being political correct, which makes it hard for me to be considerate from the perspective of others. But I like this site and I can show respect for others for the sake of avoiding an argument over a misunderstanding.

          • Aonuma already has been hinting to the fact that he’s open to it and considering, sooo~.

            If you know you’re going to be an ass, I’d say don’t comment. If you can trust yourself to be polite though, comment away~. There really isn’t a “politically correct” side or lack of one here. We’re not having a serious discussion on gender or whatever, someone just made an offhand comment about their specific preference.

            Just remember, we’re all to treat each other with respect and kindness on Siliconera, whether or not we go agree with someone. That’s all there is to it. ^u^

          • Link to him suggesting that? Whether I know I’m going to be an ass or not I’ll still comment. Turning Link into a girl is a politically correct as it gets. From what I’ve read you lean that way the majority of the time.

          • Symbol de Au

            It was an article here around E3…I’ll find it.


            There you go.

          • Thanks!

          • There isn’t anything “PC” about it though. Lets put it this way, they decided to make the cast of FF XV all male just because (“for story reasons”). If they decide they want a female Link, why does it have to be a PC option? Why can’t they just want to? There’s no reason Link has to be male, it’s just what we’re used to (he’s not Mario or Samus where it’s always the same person).

            I can’t pull up the article immediately but if you search for a Zelda article, it should be one of the ones from around E3, I believe.

            If you’re going to be a jerk, restrain yourself when you comment then. I’m just saying, don’t go around being an a-hole because that’s not cool on Siliconera and if you have to be warned over and over to be polite with people, you get warned of banning eventually, and it shouldn’t have to escalate to that.

          • Apparently you don’t understand the concept of political correctness, and that’s okay. Having a female Link is like saying Link needs to black instead of making a character that happens to be black who is completely separate from Link who can stand on their own merit. The issue isn’t with having a playable female.

            “There’s no reason Link has to be male, it’s just what we’re used to” the Zelda lore says otherwise. The Hero Link which refers to as a male/man or boy. The Goddess/Princess Zelda which is clearly a female/woman or girl. And the Demon King/Demise, Ganon or Ganadourf.

            You can always prove that I am a jerk.

            Here’s the article and it doesn’t hold an weight.


          • Lol, I get the concept. I understand very well what you mean and am familiar with it. But I’m saying it isn’t PC just because they make Link female. However, if they go, “wow, it’d be more inclusive if Link were female!” that would be PC. I think it’s silly that being inclusive and fair has to be called politically correct though, but that’s another matter entirely. x’D

            You can justify the gender all you like, but that lacks insight to some of the more detailed aspects of the lore (and translation, etc). It’s also fine if you feel that way.

            I personally don’t care if you’re a jerk, I’m just saying treat others with respect and if people aren’t really going into “PC stuff” you don’t need to drag it out and make an issue of it considering where it tends to lead. ^u^;

          • Mnstrzero00

            Of course we don’t need one. No one is dying in the street because of no Link waifu. But it would be fun.

          • I never insinuated people were dying. And no it wouldn’t be fun. It’s lazy to simply change the sex of a character.

          • HarakiriKami

            Male samus would be “fun” too

        • Some people just like little boys.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        I’m starting to think you have some deep seeded issues. Have you ever considered therapy?

        • Enlighten me on these issues of mine wise guru.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Just the very words “Female Link”, make you upset enough to comment on how there’s no need to make one. He didn’t say “I WANT a female Link” or “Their SHOULD be a female Link”. The female Link part wasn’t even the main point of his comment.

            That you are so utterly opposed to the idea of something so… insignificant even by video game standards, that putting those two words together makes you angry, then there might be be something more serious at work here than just some game.

          • They don’t upset me I think it’s lazy and unnecessary to change his sex instead of creating a brand new character that’s separate from Link. If Link was a originally a girl I would say the samething about changing her into a boy. Again, I know what he said, I simply said there was no need.

            I’m opposed to anyone who takes a lazy approach.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            There’s a lot of points on contention in this comment, but honestly,I know you well enough to know that you’re up for going back and forth on this issue all day. And most other times I would be happy to dance with you, but it’s Bayo Friday, so I’m just gonna leave it at this.

          • You don’t know me and I don’t know you, so stop pretending. Yes, enjoy your Friday, Bayonetta and have a good one.

          • Symbol de Au

            It’s funny because I knew the upvoters here well enough to know the second one was Puchinri before looking.

          • HarakiriKami


          • HarakiriKami

            All this shit would go away if you guys would stop trying to change the gender of a certain pink to blonde haired hyrulean

      • GH56734

        I agree.
        A male Samus, male Bayonetta, male Asha, male Chun Li, male Jill, or taking the female route of an SRW/Summon Night/any given JRPG and mutilating it to somehow fit in a male protagonist
        would be equally obnoxious and ridiculous, it goes both ways.
        Gender flipped variants from fan-fictions are not the ideal way to keep series continuity.

        If they want to have a female protagonist (for story/gameplay purposes and according to the creator’s wishes, not as a case checked for marketing or satisfying “critics” that say “a Mrs. Male female protagonist doesn’t count as a female protagonist” with a straight face only wanting to advance a very narrow subset of tropes as the only thing morally acceptable)
        Let them create their own character, or their own game series tailor-made around it.

        Taking existing works and mutilating them to “fit” some arbitrary criteria in an unnatural way
        a) doesn’t serve a moral cause provided the work wasn’t immoral to begin with (and I assume the PC being male (or female) in a given work isn’t immoral and is irrelevant to the quality/acceptance of the game… if we assume that men and women should be equal – It’s a shame one has to even mention the obvious)
        b) is changing an existing work not for creative reasons, but due to external pressures from people uninvolved in the creative process. That’s a form of whitewashing.

    • Oh man! They could have three different Bayo designed after American pro wrestling, Japanese pro wrestling and Lucha Libre! That’d be so cool! >u<

      • Namuro

        Lucha Bayo would be excelente!

  • I like the Peach B design. If Bayonetta was playable in Soul Caliber, my god.

  • havee to say that I like the Princess outfits more than the default one.

    It actually makes Bayo’s ass more alluring instead of in yo face with the skirtless default outfit.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I wish Jeanne had Daisys outfit too

  • Icedus

    I’ll be damned.

    That “Venus Fire Trap” bit more or less makes the Mario 3 names canon, doesn’t it? Long live Boo Diddly!

  • Black Heaven

    Personally, I still prefer her original costume. Nothing beats slick black overalls made of hair leather.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Game’s out TODAY! Can’t wait to get back home from school. Gonna replay through Bayo 1 this weekend before I give the sequel some of that good lovin’

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Its a Bayonetta weekend! Can’t wait to play the updated original game first as well.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Bayo Friday is real!

    • British_Otaku

      I’m not sure if my first print will be at home by the time I get back and I’ll be at the UK’s biggest comic and media convention for the weekend…

      I might not have the time to play much unfortunately even if the Bayo Weekend is real.

    • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

      I will have to wait until mine arrives from USA ;_;
      I hope it’s finally here around Tuesday *Goes to play demo*

  • NeptuniasBeard

    OH BOY! SIGN ME UP! What do you need? My credit card info? My social Security number? My Soul!? Give me your e-mail and I’ll send it all to you!

    • Satoshi Ookami

      What if she wants your Nep?!

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Then she can shove that $6500 up her baby chute, cause I AIN’T GIVIN’ UP ME NEP!!!!

        • Land of Green Pasture

          gonna do the same if she asked me to give my lady..

  • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

    I used to think PlatinumGames couldn’t be more awesome…
    but then they unveiled the Daisy costume ヽ( ̄◡ ̄)ノ

  • Wicked Rob

    They didnt add Zero Suit Samus outfit because thatll be too easy lol if you get what i mean

    • HarakiriKami

      Kamiya didnt ask for one

  • J_Joestar

    someone at Nintendo asked for more cleavage in the link costume?

    • Strain42

      Nintendo likes Boobaroos as much as everyone else, I suppose.

    • I’m not too surprised. I don’t think Nintendo is as shy of mature elements as people often make them seem to be. Besides, we forget about characters like Tharja. x’D

      • J_Joestar

        still depresses me her trophy got cut T_T

      • Symbol de Au

        They cut her trophy out of Smash Bros because she was too racy…maybe.

        • I kind of think it’d be too soon for her to get a trophy if she can’t even be a fighter in the game yet (which I wanted, but I ain’t on the dev team unfortunately).

          • Symbol de Au

            That makes no sense to me unless you mean they cut her trophy to add her as DLC lawl…but then Mewtwo got a trophy in Smash 3DS already so that would still make no sense. Anyway here’s what we’re talking about.

          • I just mean that her only game that’s Nintendo exclusive is 2, and if she gets a trophy after the one game (for being exclusive to competitors before this), that would be kind of cheap. Which is hypocritical of me though because I want her as a character (even though it’s too early for that).

            I remember discussion of that came out quite a while ago, though I personally don’t buy it. I’m not sure how they could get away with ZSS alone but not include a Tharja trophy. :’)

          • Symbol de Au

            OH…I get it now. I thought you were just talking nonsense but you’re talking about Bayonetta. I was talking about Tharja. =/

          • Oh, lol. No.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          It was too racy for the ESRB and Nintendo wanted to keep the E10+ rating. They clearly don’t mind putting her in the T rated Awakening

          • Symbol de Au

            They still censored her swimsuit in that game.

            Inb4: That was Nintendo of America.

            I know. Still Nintendo. Tharja’s just a bad example and horrible to bring up if you’re trying to say Nintendo’s not shy. She’s been censored at least twice already.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            But you say “still Nintendo” like there is no original, uncensored version of that picture, put out BY Nintendo. But of course, there is. So how is Nintendo shy? They still made Tharja, they still made that Tharja figure (which I believe was in the same pose as the trophy) they still made that swimsuit pic, and said pic is uncensored in Japan and I believe Europe. And some think that the censored version is even MORE racy (though I doubt that was intentional, but hey, you never know).

            The censored pic was likely someone nervous about America’s “Moral Guardians”, and the cut trophy was likely them wanting to avoid a T rating to get it out to as many people as possible.

            And of course, Bayonetta.

            If Nintendo as a whole was as “shy” and family friendly as everyone says they are, this conversation would have never happened, because Tharja wouldn’t exist in such a form, and Bayonetta’s Link costume would have come with a shirt.

            They’re no Team Ninja, but uptight they are not.

            That all said, I wonder why they didn’t just change her pose? Guess Sakurai figured that if you can’t have her flaunt her ass, then what’s the point, right?

            Good thing the ESRB didn’t catch Palutena’s pole dance/panty flash combo, cause I like playing as her lol

          • British_Otaku

            The script is censored in British English to a greater degree than the American English and we are also missing out on that swimsuit love that Japan got.

            What is this about a “T” rating? Wasn’t Brawl rated that without a problem? Isn’t that the equivalent of CERO B or PEGI 12 which the Smash Bros tend to get all of the time.

            The ESRB have given more racy games in E10+ (probably – at the least Senran Kagura got a T) and are likely to be aware of a huge seller like Smash Bros having a panty flash.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Well I just read the ESRB report for Smash Bros, and they do indeed talk about female trophies in revealing outfits. Nothing about the pole dance though.

            Kinda pokes some holes in my theory I must admit. Maybe Tharja was just showing a bit TOO much of her body?

            I have no idea how Senran Kagura didn’t get borderline AO

          • Symbol de Au

            It’s rated T because it’s not that explicit. There’s no way it was close to AO, It doesn’t even have nipples. From what I can tell they judge by presence not quantity. In other words it doesn’t matter if one game has more censored cartoony boobs. The one with one realistic nude scene will be the one rated M.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            The AO part wasn’t serious. Just an exaggerated way of saying that I’m surprised it didn’t get an M, despite first appearances of the game making me sure it would

          • British_Otaku

            They can’t mention every little point, though the highlighted points are often major elements which they are basing the rating on.

            Showing a bit too much? Presumably it would just get rated T then, to be honest, if all it takes to get an M (which Ace Attorney 5 got by the way) is a bit of skin.

            What I hope I’ve gotten across is that rating systems as independent and well structured they attempt to be are super inconsistent (or just not consistent enough for me to not be pulling out recent games everyone here knows).

            Senran Kagura doesn’t do anything exceptional aside from sexual humor, jiggle physics and costume options which are insane. Both Tekken and BlazBlue are all over this and probably T for life.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            The AO bit, was some good natured exaggeration. I wasn’t serious. Nor was I saying Tharja being in Smash was going to make it M rated. Obviously.

            And I dunno, I’m pretty sure panties being shown on a playable character IN gameplay will warrant more mention than a little cleavage on a trophy.

          • Symbol de Au

            I’m not gonna argue with you. You don’t try to make an argument that Nintendo isn’t shy by bringing up a character that Nintendo is obviously shy about showing off even though they made them.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Just as you probably shouldn’t argue that Nintendo IS shy on an article that talks about how they approved all these costumes and even suggested making one show even more skin. So I guess we both kinda fail there

          • Symbol de Au

            I wasn’t really arguing they’re shy. I just thought it was ridiculous to bring up Tharja as proof they aren’t. Regardless none of these costumes are very revealing anyway so this article doesn’t really prove anything.

            By the by the only skin that costume would have shown would have been her neck(lol) and her face so I have no idea what you mean by “even more”.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Well I wasn’t really arguing that they weren’t shy (in my first comment anyway), I was just giving a likely reason on why she was cut after they had already shown her. The only logical explanation I could think of was the ESRB.

            Lol, mis-communications galore.

    • Ric Vazquez

      Wise people

  • I really liked the B and C Peach costume best. ;u;

    Too bad we couldn’t get the Varia and Power Suit instead of just one. ;A;

    I kind of prefer the less sexy Link costume too. As perfect as her cleavage is and the sex appeal works, I think the tunic looks a little nicer without such a low dip. But I think it was good on Nintendo to mention the cleavage, since that means they’re paying attention to the character. x’D

    Very much so looking forward to getting a Wii U and enjoying the game and these costumes. ♥

    • SobriK

      I kinda agree about about the Link tunic. The final version is great and all, but compared to the slightly more modest original it kinda… looks like a sexy robin hood costume.

      Still, I absolutely love the attention to detail that both companies put into these. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive today!

      • Yeah~! That’s a good way of putting it.

        Same. ^u^
        Makes me very happy and excited for what could be in their future together.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Honestly I liked the earlier designs of the peach and daisy costumes a lot better then the finished design. I feel like they added to many ornaments to it so it kind looks ridiculous to me. I also don’t like the shape of the skirt or the bodice they decided on. I mean it’s cute but not what I would have chosen.

      • Yeah, the ornaments and the skirt shape are what put me off the most. Still cute for sure, but I don’t know how they all decided the end-product was better than the others.

  • RagingTiger44

    Unf. Dat absolute territory…

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Picked up my copy this morning. Will be enjoying after work.

  • idrawrobots

    Dem thighs!

  • alixraen

    I’ll never get sick of seeing artwork of her original design. Classic Bayonetta outfit is based.

  • Father John Brown

    Just picked up my copy and it turns out it comes with a physical copy of the first game, not just a digital download

  • Lester Paredes

    I just got this today. Time to sit through a grueling 8 hour shift of work with Bayonetta staring right at me.

  • Snorlaxation

    I love that they put so much thought into these, and the artwork looks amazing to boot.

  • Huge fan of Princess Peach B and D. It’s the long Pink Thigh Boots!

  • wez

    B and D for the fucking win

  • AndyLC

    >>To their surprise, it was actually Nintendo who then suggested to have the design show more of her chest

    Zelda games are all about showin’ chest

    • keithmaxx

      You, sir, deserve 10 Internets… and a Golden rupee.

  • OrangeArmy

    Beautiful stuff, hopefully they release a The Eyes of Bayonetta 2, I would buy it faster than you could say “Moon River”.

  • IndigoRift

    Sensing some Joestar facial structures in some of these pics. Pretty fitting too with all the stand–uh…demons that she uses. Also time manipulation and entering different planes of existence at will.

  • Shippoyasha

    I really like the B design on Peach. Love the leotard look.

  • Guillermo Oliva III

    I hope she gets a outfit from “Sheik”, “Palutena”, and “Zero Suit Samus”, since they would also fit her perfectly to wear as costumes.

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