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.
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.
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.