Bayonetta Joins Smash Bros as Wicked DLC

Nintendo closed out the year with one final Nintendo Direct yesterday afternoon, announcing some new characters and discussing all things Smash Bros. Most of the new characters were either known (Cloud Strife) or generally uninteresting (Corrin from the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates), but there was one surprising addition to the roster when it was revealed that Bayonetta is officially coming to Smash Bros. The Umbra Witch and the star of Platinum Games’ Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be appearing in the same game as Mario, Pikachu, Yoshi, and the rest of Nintendo’s kid-friendly mascots with four guns, two costumes, and one new stage based on the Umbra Clock Tower from Bayonetta 2 (jump to 18:20 in the video).

Quite frankly, the news is enough to make me giddy. Though unexpected, Bayonetta’s addition isn’t shocking. Nintendo has been invested in the character since Bayonetta 2 became a Wii U exclusive, and if Solid Snake could make the cut then there’s no reason to exclude Bayonetta. The character was the overall top choice when fans were asked to nominate a new character for the game (or at least the top overall choice that Nintendo could actually use), and the character’s combo-based fighting style matches the tone of the chaotic multiplayer game.

However, I’m legitimately amazed at how much of the character’s sexuality has remained intact. If Bayonetta ever did make it into Smash Bros., I thought for sure we’d be getting a more sanitized version of the character and that some of her more explicit edges – such as the demonic weave attacks that leave her naked – would be sanded off. Instead, we’ve got a trailer that leaves little to the imagination. Bayonetta’s hair still flies off in all directions and suggestive poses are still her preferred method of human interaction. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. I just never thought I’d see a Nintendo trailer with so many double entendres (I’d love to see the cut scene in which Peach explains the implications to a very confused Mario), and the sultry voice over is so enjoyable at least partly because it sounds so out of place in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Even better? All three new characters – Corrin, Cloud, and Bayonetta – will be getting new Smash-compatible Amiibo, which is exciting because I predicted this exact Smash Bros. scenario almost a year ago. I’m still not expecting that Jason Voorhees figurine anytime soon, but Travis Touchdown suddenly seems a lot more plausible.

Bayonetta will be available as a downloadable character in February 2016.