Bayonetta 2 and Monolith Soft's X still on course for 2014 release date

Nintendo assures both games are due worldwide this year

Nintendo has announced it still expects Bayonetta 2 and Monolith Soft's X will both be released by the end of 2014.

As part of its financial results briefing for 2014, Nintendo has listed the upcoming games already confirmed for release on Wii U and 3DS this year and beyond.


Featured on the list are Platinum Games' Bayonetta 2 and Monolith's upcoming Wii U game, which most refer to as X but is still listed under the working title "A brand new title developed by Monolith Software Inc".

According to Nintendo, both games are due to be released not only in Japan this year, but North America and Europe too.

Bayonetta 2 was initially unveiled during a Nintendo Direct in September 2012, where it was revealed to be a Wii U exclusive.

Months later, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the Bayonetta 2 release date was targeted for "2014", though did not specify any further.

The game's producer, Atsushi Inaba, praised Platinum's partnership with Nintendo, saying:"You have a certain image of a company, and in the case of Nintendo, we've found it's been really nice to actually work with them and find out what that's like."

Monolith Soft's currently unnamed Wii U game, codenamed as X, was first revealed in January 2013.

The game is the work of director Tetsuya Takahashi, who also created Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii. Takahashi has said the combat system is an expanded and polished version of the one found in Xenoblade Chronicles. New footage shown earlier this year offered a look at the game's multiplayer gameplay.

Nintendo will once again forgo a traditional E3 press conference in 2014, instead opting to conduct a "digital event" to showcase its new games and announcements.

On Tuesday, June 10 the platform holder will hold a special Nintendo Direct to share "further detail on the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond".