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Mr. Bungle:
Run the Developer - is where we look at a specific game development studio's work on Nintendo systems and discuss our experiences with their games. In this second installment we turn our gaze to

PlatinumGames Inc. - formed from the remains of Seeds Inc. and Odd Inc., Platinum is a Japanese developer known for stylish action games. They have historically partnered with external publishers like Sega and Nintendo but as of 2020 started self-publishing. For more information, check out their website https://www.platinumgames.com/.

Games by Platinum

MadWorld

Platinum's debut was released on Wii in 2009. It is known for its monochromatic art style and hack and slash violence.

Infinite Space

Co-developed with Nude Maker, this 2009 DS RPG featured a sci-fi setting and according to Platinum, stretched the DS hardware to its limit.

Bayonetta

While not initially released on a Nintendo system when it came out in 2009, the start of the Bayonetta series was eventually released on Wii U (2014) and Switch (2018).

The Wonderful 101

The game azeke could not stop gushing about released for Wii U in 2013. It made liberal use of the Gamepad and while it failed commercially had a dedicated following. It was recently re-released on Switch (2020) and other platforms being the first game self-published by Platinum.

Bayonetta 2

As a surprise to many, Nintendo published this M-rated sequel on Wii U in 2014. The game was re-released on Switch in 2018. We now have Bayonetta as a playable character in Smash and patiently await the third installment in the franchise.

Star Fox Zero/Guard

Co-developed with Nintendo EPD, this pair of games was released on Wii U in 2016. Opinions seem to vary widely on these games but Platinum's influence is definitely noticeable.

Astral Chain

The most recent release from Platinum on a Nintendo system is 2019's Astral Chain for Switch. The game was well received and commercially successful. Why aren't you playing it right now?

Comments
So which games have you played? What did you like about them? Are you looking forward to Bayonetta 3? What is the deal with Sol Cresta?

Adrock:

--- Quote from: Mr. Bungle on June 08, 2021, 10:08:49 AM ---The most recent release from Platinum on a Nintendo system is 2019's Astral Chain for Switch. The game was well received and commercially successful. Why aren't you playing it right now?
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Waiting for a sale to $40.

--- Quote ---So which games have you played? What did you like about them? Are you looking forward to Bayonetta 3? What is the deal with Sol Cresta?
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1. Madworld, Bayonetta 1 and 2, The Wonderful 101, and one level of Star Fox Zero (did not play Guard). I haven’t finished any of them.

2. They’re hilariously over-the-top. The controls are mostly tight (SFZ perhaps notwithstanding). Bayonetta is hilarious if it’s a parody of Sexy Video Game Girls®. Someone here once tried to pass the character off as feminist and empowering which might actually be funnier.

3. Yes.

4. I’ll have to google Sol Cresta. EDIT: I wiped this from memory as I’ve never been good at these types of games. PlatinumGames announced the game on April Fools day. Do they “celebrate” that in Japan? Back to Google for me.

Lemonade:
I have played all of them except Infinite Space and Wonderful 101.

Bayonetta 2 > Astral Chain > Bayonetta > Star Fox Zero > Mad World

I liked the Transformers game they made too. I played Metal Gear Rising, but I cant remember how much I liked it.

They are great at making action games. Im really looking forward to Bayonetta 3.

NWR_insanolord:
The only Platinum game I’ve played on a Nintendo system (apart from 5 minutes of The Wonderful 101 at E3) is Star Fox Zero, though I did play Vanquish on 360 and enjoyed it. I’m kind of surprised that never made its way to Wii U or Switch. I’m interested in trying Bayonetta and/or Astral Chain at some point, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

BeautifulShy:
I played Mad World and Astrial Chain.  Mad World to completion and still working on Astrial Chain.   I really need to play the Bayonetta games still.  Isn't Bayo 1 and 2 on Switch or was that the Wii U in a dual pack?


Also didn't Clover Studio turn into Platinum games?  Are we counting Viewtiful Joe, VJ2, VJ:Red Hot Rumble Double Trouble. Also Okami and God Hand under the Platinum Games umbrella?   

If so I played VJ and Okami Wii. 

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