30 'hidden' references in Bayonetta

22-23. Remix on Route 666

While Platinum loves to call out its old Capcom projects, it was careful to fill the game with even-more-loving Sega references, not the least of which are two pieces of music from Sega’s arcade past that get cool remixes during the high-speed Route 666 sequence.

The first is a tune called Splash Wave from the classic racer OutRun, and you’ll hear it during the first half of the level, when you’re battling on top of moving vehicles in tight formation.

Here’s the Route 666 remix:

And here’s the original:

The second one kicks in during the second half of the level, as Bayonetta steers a motorbike through heavy traffic. Fans of After Burner will instantly recognize it as that game’s theme.

Here’s the remix:

And here’s the original:

24. After Burner Kick

Of course, the Sega references don’t end there. Here’s another reference to After Burner, couched in what looks to be a reference to a move from Viewtiful Joe:

25. Old-school font, part 1

And here’s another one, this time in the instructions for the missile ride that fills up all of Chapter IV.

Above: Look familiar? 

Above: How about now? 

26. Welcome to the Fantasy Zone

It’s kind of strange that the instructions for the missile-ride stage are in After Burner’s font, because the level itself is a near-perfect re-creation of the Sega arcade classic Space Harrier, from the shapes of the bullets you and your enemies shoot…

… to the big, snakelike bosses that spit flaming boulders at you…

… to the music, which again gets the current-gen remix treatment.

Here’s the remixed version:

And here’s the original:

Oh, and if you’re curious about Bayonetta’s apparent nod to Fantasy Zone at the beginning of the level, you may be interested to know that it’s not really an attempt to cram in a reference to another ancient game. Instead, it paraphrases a spoken line that plays at the beginning of the arcade Space Harrier, “Welcome to the Fantasy Zone!”

27. Old-school font, part 2

As you’re climbing the tower in Chapter XV, you’ll have to man stationary anti-aircraft cannons to mow down another version of the Temperance boss – an action that comes with its own instruction screen.

The unusual font for the word “Cannon” immediately reminded us of one thing: the logo for Metroid. Specifically for Metroid: Zero Mission.

28. Ebony and Ivory

The DMC references just won’t stop coming, not even once you’ve finished the game. In fact, if you finish it on Normal, you’ll be awarded the Handguns, a pair of black-and-silver .45s that are dead ringers for Dante’s hand-cannons of choice, Ebony and Ivory.

29. Time Out

Another end-of-game unlockable, the Bracelet of Time is awarded if you’re able to finish the game on Normal in under three hours. It’s also a callback to the Bangle of Time, an artifact that froze time for Dante in the first Devil May Cry.

30. Angel May Cry

At once a blatant shout-out to Platinum’s glorious past and an affirmation that Bayonetta is really just Devil May Cry with an opposite premise, we have this Achievement/Trophy, awarded once you’ve finished half of the hidden Alfheim arenas. Good hunting.

Find any we missed? Let us hear about them in the comments section below.

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  • PatHan-bHai - April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    God Hand..........................ONE FUCKING AWESOME GAME!!!!!
  • Darkhawk - June 21, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    The very first time you visit Paradiso through one of those portals, that entire area is a dead ringer for the River of the Heavens realm in Okami, right down to the location of background objects in the scenery.
  • birddogg62 - December 23, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    6. Rodin, bald space marine is a reference to warhammer 40,000 where most(if not all) space marines are bald.
  • FinderKeeper - December 18, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    References not just to Okami, but to God Hand as well. Clover Studios FTW. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
  • senseless - May 10, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Father Rodin looks similar to The Despair Embodied from DMC2
  • crimsonsoulz - April 3, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    one missed and somewhat obvious reference in bayonetta is the whole angel thing and the song fly me to the moon which is used through out the game during fights, this is a clear reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • lightwolfj - March 26, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    First things first; no one else noticed that Bayonetta's Pillowtalk is the same as Waka's from Okami? Oh, and to Dante1924, after you clean up Sei-An in Okami, a little girl will ask you to draw her designs. One's a V, which, after drawing it, she yells "Henshin a go-go, baby!" So yeah, there's a reference there. ^^
  • announakis - March 23, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    An awesome reference to Virtua Fighter when you finish a verse with a pure platinum on the punch move. She then says "Juunen Ayaindayo!" this is a quote of Akira Yuki and means "come back in ten years"
  • The_Tingler - February 11, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    That 'Cannon' font doesn't remind me of Metroid as much as it does He-Man:
  • Ollieevil - February 7, 2010 10 p.m.

    Bayonetta is an amazing game but its too easy, I completed it in 1 hour on normal...
  • italiansniper9 - January 30, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    All you people only find references to other video games. What about real life? The French artist Auguste Rodin created his sculpture "The Gates of Hell" or "La Porte de l'Enfer." This is obviously reference to Rodin's Gates of Hell in this game.
  • KazeUdon - January 28, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    Wow, a couple of real obvious references. In the scene where Luka tries to lure Bayonetta with her lipstick and he talks about all the girls that would be hearbroken should he perish he lists. Claire (Resident evil) Trish (DMC) Sylvia(Viewtiful joe) and Ammy (Okami) The whole missile ride is remnicent of Space Harrier. and I cant place it but the music on the "Time to go Vrooom" level is from something Sega, "Hang on" maybe?
  • DVTC - January 25, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    just like d3v above said, I knew that rocket launcher had to do with something,, but had no idea. I saw few and small similarities in the game to other games that are not listed here, but they're a bit small, I don't know if they're worth mentioning it, but anyhow,, 1, As soon as I saw Grace & Glory, they reminded me of Agni & Rudra from DMC 3, instead of wind and fire, it's lightning and fire. 2, I forgot which costume from DMC 3(I think it was the Sparda, Dante's father, could be wrong..), but I know there's one that casts a shadow of a devil. or did Dante usually casted a devil shadow? I don't remember anymore. Bayonetta casts a butterfly shadow. 3, When fighting Jeanne the third time, at the building after riding the missle, there are times when Jeanne goes high-speed thousand punches or kicks on Bayonetta and Bayonetta, the player, has to counter and over come the speed of those punches or kicks, the very same way that God Hand fought Devil Hand, only with less hair. Youtube link of God hand vs Devil hand battle here, watch from 2:09, for 20 seconds of the clip, showing both punch duel and kick duel. That's all I remember so far that was not mentioned here. One thing about Henshin-gogo thing, from what I know, the word "Henshin" is the Japanese word for "Transform", a word used for magical girl like sailor moon, going "Henshin~ (transform~)" spin a couple and clothes change (, so I don't know if that is a direct reference. I think it's just the way of saying is similar. Minor similarity, yet can't ignore it.
  • danielamer - January 24, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    correct me if im wrong but isn't the guy doing LUKA's voice the one that did LUKE's voice in tales of the abyss ?
  • GrandMoffBubbles - January 21, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I saw that Luka/Assassins Creed thing too. I thought I was imagining things.
  • d3v - January 21, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    Someone at Platinum is a fan of Apolcaypse Now since the rocket launchers (Lt. Col. Kilgore) are named after Robert Duvall's character (Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore) from the movie.
  • nickthegreat - January 18, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    this might be just me but using the key as a sword reminds me of the key blade from the kingdom hearts series
  • jamarr27 - January 18, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    i knew it was biting dmc all along no one ever belives me oh well
  • sixnine - January 18, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    I'm a little shocked! Honestly, no one saw or got the name 'Antonio Redgrave' at the end of the first journal page! Anyone remember the name 'Tony Redgrave' on Dante's gun (either Ebony or Ivory, can't remember). Out of all the DMC references, I would think that would be one of the most obvious.

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