Bayonetta (JP) is a series of third-person action games conceived and developed by PlatinumGames. Nintendo has financed and published the Wii U and Switch versions of the first game as well as Bayonetta 2.
Although Nintendo owns the copyrights to the Wii U and Switch versions of the first Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, Sega owns the copyrights to all other versions as well as the Bayonetta trademark.
On December 15, 2015, Bayonetta was announced as the final downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. Following a Nintendo-sponsored fan poll asking for character suggestions for the game, Bayonetta was the most popular choice among "negotiable" characters worldwide, placing among the top five voted in the United States and placing first in the polls in Europe.
She sports her primary character designs from both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 with her design from the second game being her default appearance, and retains many of her abilities from both games, such as extended combos, Witch Time, and Infernal Climax. She was released alongside a stage based on the falling Umbra Clock Tower from Bayonetta in February 2016.