Why Hideki Kamiya feels the Bayonetta 2 box art is “sh*t”

Wednesday, 11th June 2014 11:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Bayonetta 2 creator Hideki Kamiya really doesn’t like the game’s Wii U box art, following its reveal during Nintendo’s E3 2014 stream last night.

It follows the reveal of Platinum’s new Bayonetta 2 trailer and confirmation that it includes a remaster of the first game along with bonus Samus, Link and Peach outfits. Just look at them.

Now, Hideki Kamiya has blasted the game’s box art, which went from this:


To this:


As spotted by Kotaku, Kamiya’s English account tweeted,”I hate the logo of WiiU ver. Junk.”

His Japanese tweet was less kind however. The site translated it as saying, “The Bayo 2 package is shit. Who’s the damned bastard who changed it…”

When asked if Nintendo had asked before changing the art, Kamiya replied, No. “They did it without any permission.”

Asked what he didn’t like about the new art, he explained, “They removed the crescent behind Bayo & put full moon & changed the color of ’2′ in red. JUNK.”

What do you think of the new design?



  1. grizzlycake

    WiiU ver.?

    Are you hinting at other versions Kamiya? ARE YOU?!

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    @grizzlycake No, too soon.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    Something tell’s me that Bayonetta 2 is not going to be exclusive only on WiiU. I think it’s coming to next gen. Not right now but it is coming.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. The_Red

    @grizzlycake He is an evil bastard. Sadly, he is also a talented designer who is absolutely right about the changes to the cover.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Really odd changes indeed. Looks a lot shittier now.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. Cannahuana

    I see why he doesn’t like it

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Obernox

    It’s less cloudy in the background… I don’t see the big deal lol.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. POOhead

    Hahahah he is hilarious like.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. zoopdeloop

    i don’t think he is hinting at other version,he also compares it to the original (360/ps3).
    Although since the game will roughly sell 3-5k copies i wouldn’t be surprised if 6-12 months after it’s release another publisher steps up and buy whatever rights Ninty has over Bayo2

    #9 7 months ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    That’s TWO Bayonetta games now.

    Where are the male playable characters?

    They’ve even taken the first game and added MORE female costumes to it.

    Where is the article bringing this rampant sexism issue to the fore?

    I may boycott this game.


    #10 7 months ago
  11. KAP

    Hideki Kamiya: “I hate the logo of WiiU ver. Junk. The Bayo 2 package is shit. Who’s the damned bastard who changed it…They did it without any permission.”

    Karma is a bitch. That’s what you get for laying in bed with a company such as Nintendo that still has there head so far up there asses and can’t even do the simplist of policies and features.

    Platinum Games is by far one of my favorite studios in the world. Lets hope they learn from this with future IP.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Legendaryboss

    @Joe Musashi Oh snap!

    #12 7 months ago
  13. PrinceEV

    WiiU ver? FUCK YOU Kamiya! tell us it’ll be a multi platform.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. silkvg247

    @Joe – In terms of the sexism debates, nobody that I know of has ever complained about sexism or lack of character choices in set-story and set-character games.

    It has always been about multiplayer games, or RPGs with a character creation element; In both cases including male and excluding female. Aye, that’s sexism albeit sexism out of laziness and ignorance rather than anything sinister,

    My favourite games are the infamous series, I’ve never once complained about the fact I have to play a guy.

    #14 7 months ago
  15. YoungZer0


    That’s not really sexism. You can’t expect developers to throw in thousands of dollars extra, just so people can play as female characters. It’s a business decision and I think it’s completely unfair to judge people on that. It’s a huge financial investment, just to please a loud minority.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. joshua nash

    I agree with him the WiiU Cover art compared to the original cover art is shit, whoever changed it should be fired

    #16 7 months ago
  17. salarta

    Can I just smack the people in the comments section that are stupidly, ignorantly trying to leverage Bayonetta 2′s providing an actual playable female character for a change (one that is hypersexual, by the way) as a way of maintaining the status quo of the great majority of games starring men with no women to speak of? Because I’m convinced logic can’t work on them until paranoia and hysteria are out of the picture.

    Anyway, back to the actual article contents, I don’t blame Kamiya for being upset. The original art gets at the themes of the game, both in the crescent moon and the color of the 2. Changing those two elements essentially says that someone at Nintendo has absolutely no idea whatsoever what the point of this game really is. It’d be like representing Finding Nemo with a fishbowl full of blood.

    #17 7 months ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    Going from a cloudy full moon, and a yellow number, to a clean full yellow moon with a red number, gets all this reaction?, i know artists have a peculiar way of seeing things, but to the common eye the changes are not that big, i do like both. There Is not that many dramatic changes.

    #18 7 months ago
  19. silkvg247

    @Young Minority or not, we’re here and we’re gamers. It is sexism, albeit more passive than most forms.

    Speaking out that we want to be included in games shouldn’t really cause you to react with hostility or call us a loud minority (by the way, also sexism). You should support us, we’re your fellow gamers in arms. I dare say were it the other way around, we’d be a lot more empathetic to your cause.

    Also there are more female gamers than you think.. so your comment about business sense doesn’t make any.

    #19 7 months ago
  20. silkvg247

    btw I think the original cover looks miles better too. The full moon is shit.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. Rosseu

    If I don’t zoom in, it looks like she farted yellow gas and it propelled her in the air

    #21 7 months ago
  22. PSOCecil

    @KAP Sounds like someone’s still mad that Nintendo decided to fund Bayonetta 2. Getting angry and having an edgy view of Nintendo (one of the only respectable publishers in the industry, by the way) won’t make Bayonetta 2 come out on PS4 or the XbOne.

    #22 7 months ago
  23. polygem

    Some just don’t get the point at all in the sexism debate. Not surprising. They are for the most part insecure males between 20 and 30, lacking empathy. Sexism. A fantasy. Doesn’t exist. And if it does exist eventually let’s just ignore it. Please don’t speak about it.

    #23 7 months ago
  24. polygem

    Sexism. Fixed.

    #24 7 months ago
  25. Joe Musashi

    Choking, gagging, spluttering on the irony of the small minded and self righteous here.

    Also, both covers are pretty shitty, but the newer cover is shittier.

    Do you eat shit?


    #25 7 months ago
  26. salarta

    @silkvg247 You’d be more empathetic mainly because you know what it’s like to be part of a group that’s been marginalized and disregarded for really poor reasons. Women were treated as the default status quo for everything and men got treated like second class citizens for thousands of years, I’m sure the guys currently trying to keep positive change from happening would be the ones complaining. I don’t think these guys get that, and probably don’t want to get it.

    #26 7 months ago
  27. polygem

    #25 bluff and pasta

    #27 7 months ago
  28. Joe Musashi

    Also, does Bayonetta tackle green issues?

    Why is this not being reported and given due examination? Kamiya’s predilection for talking about shit suggests he may be familiar with the virtues of manure and compost. I believe he is is the right person to bring these significant topical issues into the virtual realm of videogames. They affect us all, especially given that power our gaming machines demand directly affect green issues. Furthermore, given Greenpeace’s default 0-rank scoring of Nintendo’s hardware, there really isn’t a more suited time and product to bring such an issue to gamers’ attentions.

    I demand a full expose. No more of this wishy-washy journalism about silly things in videogames like frame-rate or people changing companies. Deal with the gaming issues that properly matter.


    #28 7 months ago
  29. polygem

    #28 +1 Thankfully:
    You can’t stop logical evolution. If you want to keep selling stuff you need to make your markets sustainable.

    #29 7 months ago

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