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Famitsu most wanted for Feb. 6th to Feb. 12th, 2020

With an Animal Crossing Direct tomorrow, anticipation has never been higher

It's time to take another weekly look at the most anticipated Switch games by Famitsu readers! For the 14th week in a row, Animal Crossing: New Horizons tops the list for Switch games with 639 Japanese voters not being able to contain their excitement. Bayonetta 3 comes in a distant second place, with 355 total votes. Check out the full list of most wanted games from Famitsu below for the week of February 6th, 2020.

Platinum Games teases major announcement in Famitsu magazine, comments on Bayonetta 3 development

I've got a secret

Platinum has been riding high on the success of the Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter, but they're not going to rest on their laurels. The company has a major announcement to make, and they'll be doing so in the Feb. 27th, 2020 issue of Famitsu magazine. Other than the confirmation of the announcement, no specific details were teased.

The only other blurb of note in this week's magazine comes from Bayonetta director Hideki Kamiya. He was asked about the status of Bayonetta 3, to which he said the following. “Development on Bayonetta 3 is going well. Actually, there is various information hidden within the 2017-released trailer.”

Famitsu most wanted for Jan. 30th to Feb. 5th, 2020

13 weeks... wow!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to top Famitsu Most Wanted when it comes to Switch games, as anticipation rises for the games launch on March 20th. The most wanted games from Famitsu readers from January 30th through February 5th, 2020 has been revealed, and for the 13th week in a row, Animal Crossing leads the pack for Switch. Check out the full list of most wanted Switch games below, including Bayonetta 3 and Breath of the Wild 2!

Hideki Kamiya assures that Bayonetta 3 development is "progressing very smoothly"

We need to stay patient

In this weeks issue of Weekly Famitsu, Mr. Kamiya has told us yet again that "Bayonetta 3 development is progressing very smoothly." He wants to assure worried fans that things are going well, and to stay patient. Bayonetta 3 was initially unveiled at The Game Awards 2017, and no info has been released since then. Check out exactly what Hideki Kamiya had to say below, translated by JapaneseNintendo!

First of all regarding Bayonetta 3, there hasn’t been any new information at all ever since the first reveal so I feel like a lot of people are getting worried about it, but the inspection for new systems is going well, and the development is also progressing very smoothly, so please rest assured and wait for it. There are also many other interesting things I want to talk about, but it’s a super secret so I can’t say.

Bayonetta director 'Hideki Kamiya' trashes the Switch's Home Menu, calls it "a piece of crap" (UPDATE)

Is it too simplistic?

Hideki Kamiya is pretty well known for his gaming related rants on Twitter, and is usually pretty open with his opinions. With a recent Tweet, it seems as though the PlatinumGames producer isn't too happy with Nintendo's design choices for the Home Menu on Switch. As translated by NintendoSoup, here is what Kamiya had to say:

“The Nintendo Switch’s Home Menu is a piece of crap, all of the sh*tty gigantic game icons are lined up in a row, but the rest of the games are tossed into a trash can called ‘All Games’… I wonder have they (the people that made the menu) ever played the Nintendo fan boys’ Switch?”

This isn't the first time the Switch's UI has been criticized. Many aren't too fond of the simplistic design choice, making your digital games hard to find and difficult to organize. Hopefully more features are released in the future to improve upon the menu.

UPDATE - An alternate translation has come in. The verbiage is different, but the sentiment is still a negative one. Check out the translation from PushDustIn below.

Switch's home screen has these huge fucking thumbnails which are just lined up in a row. I'm really thankful to have all the games thrown in the "All Software" screen. The people at Nintendo have used the Switch right? Are they going to fix it...?

Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya gives a very quick update on Bayonetta 3

Things are moving right along

We really haven't heard or seen much at all about Bayonetta 3 since its initial reveal. Its obvious that Platinum Games would rather work on the game and push towards release, rather than offer multiple progress updates as they toil away. Still, people are hungry for info on the game, which is why many take to Twitter to pester Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya about the game's status.

Kamiya has decided to answer one fan on Twitter who asked about the game with a very short and to-the-point response. When a fan asked how the game was coming along, Kamiya responded by saying “Development’s going really well. There you go.”

Famitsu most wanted for Oct. 3rd to Oct. 9th, 2019

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE makes the rankings

Pokémon Sword & Shield continues to be the most wanted Switch game from Famitsu readers for the third week in a row! Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore takes a ranking for the first time at spot #11 based on votes. Check out the full list of Famitsu Most Wanted from October 3rd-9th below.

Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 678
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 416
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 297
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 267
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 225
Ushiro (Switch) – 186
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 182
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 117
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – 92
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 85
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Switch) – below 85
Super Robot Taisen X (Switch) – below 85

Platinum says Bayonetta 3 development "going quite well," they're remaining silent because they're busy

Too busy to make an E3 apperance

Many fans were hoping to see Bayonetta 3 pop up during Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct, but the game was nowhere to be found. Don't worry, though, as Platinum Games studio head Atsushi Inaba said all is well.

“...development is actually going quite well. Games aren’t usually done in a year or two… it takes a while. That’s all. Things are going well and I know a lot of people are asking for it. Giving updates for everything at E3 isn’t the smartest PR strategy to begin with, so just because we’re not showing it here doesn’t mean it’s not going well. ...it’s going to be a high quality title and we’re putting our all into it. That is what you’re seeing [with the silence].”

Platinum 'guarantees' Astral Chain will be good, says Bayonetta 3 is 'going smoothly,' teases new projects, and gives hope for The Wonderful 101 on Switch

Platinum has TONS going on!

There's no doubt we're going to hear more about the various projects PlatinumGames has been up to at this year's E3. While we wait for those details, Platinum Games executive director and producer Atsushi Inaba and game designer Takahisa Taura sat down with Gematsu to share status updates and tease a few things to come.

On 2019 titles and other new titles

Inaba: “Well first, Taura’s Astral Chain is going to be released. And other than that there’s potential to release news about new titles we have on the way. And all this news would bring a major change to Platinum Games, I believe.”

On bringing up the idea of porting The Wonderful 101 to Switch

Inaba: “Yeah, I think I said that on multiple occasions. And I’m glad that I did. So if you could be patient with it, that’ll be great.”

On Bayonetta 3 development

Inaba: “Sorry, again we can’t share anything. Although I can assure you, development is going smoothly. So please wait for further updates.”

On Astral Chain

Inaba: “We want to share more, but we can’t.”

Taura: “It’s not far from release, so there will be news soon. ...Astral Chain is coming out on August 30, so stay tuned for more information. We hope you can get a copy of the game and enjoy it, and we can guarantee that its good.”

Platinum shares another slight detail on the unorthodox development of Bayonetta 3

Is this going to be the wackiest entry yet?

Yesterday we learned that Bayonetta 3 is seeing a change in design process as compared to the first two titles. Looking for more details than that? Platinum head Atsushi Inaba is remaining rather tight lipped, but he did share this one tiny tidbit.

With Bayonetta 1 and 2 we had basically an orthodox development process, at least for us. We did stage one, then stage two, then stage three and built up the drama and the pacing chronologically. For Bayonetta 3, we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a way that’s different to what I just described. Maybe the players will recognize this as well. And that’s all the hints you get!”

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