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E3 2021 is over now, yet the inevitable questions of “why wasn’t [insert game title]” shown still linger. In Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct, Metroid Prime 4 was mentioned – “Currently, we’re working hard on the latest game in the Metroid Prime series, Metroid Prime 4, which we previously announced.” – before Metroid Dread was shown. Yet, fans online were asking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ updates and Bayonetta 3. For those “no-show” games, we’ll have to go to various interviews. Luckily, Tamoor Hussain of GameSpot interviewed Nintendo of America’s Senior Marketing Manager Bill Trinen and Senior Director of Localization Nate Bihldorff after the Nintendo Direct and he was wondering about Bayonetta 3 too.



At 19:37, the following discussion takes place:

Tamoor Hussain: And then, the final question just for me. Where is Bayonetta 3? Does it still exist? We’re dying out here. Are you going to show it to us again ever? What’s the deal here?

Nate Bihldorff and Bill Trinen chuckling.

Bihldorff: It definitely still exists, I can confirm it.

Hussain: Sweet! That’s it for me –

Trinen: I will even go one further and say not only does it exist, but it’s progressing well.

Hussain: Oh good! So you’ve played it then?

Trinen: We like to show things whenever we’re ready to show them, and certainly, we like to show things when the developer’s ready to show them. So we didn’t have it at E3, but stay tuned.


Bayonetta 3 was first announced at The Game Awards 2017, nearly four years ago. Since then it has been listed for a 2018 release, rumored to appear at The Game Awards in 2019, discussed in multiple interviews, and more. The most recent interview with Hideki Kamiya (January of this year by Video Games Chronicles) left us with the following statement: “It’s not really our position to say, but… it’s January. We’ve got to have something come out, right? I guess it’s safe to expect that something will come out. There’s still a lot of the year left is what I’m saying.”

Essentially, Bayonetta 3 will be ready when it’s ready and there are still six months left in 2021. We could see it later this year’s at Gamescom or even where it debuted, The Game Awards in December.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)