Do you own a Nintendo Wii U, live in either Europe or Japan, and want to get a digital copy of the two Bayonetta games? Then you better hurry, as Nintendo has announced that both games will be pulled off of the Wii U eShop on September 19th.
Announced on both the European and Japanese eShop, both games now have the following note:
Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 for Wii U will no longer be available to purchase on Nintendo eShop from 23:59 CEST on September 19th, 2019.
No reason is given for this, but usually, the reason has to deal with licensed music. In this case, the first game uses both Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, and Moon River by Andy Williams. However, Nintendo appears to only be removing the Wii U version, and only from Europe and Japan, so that leaves the question as to if music licenses are the reason behind it. It may also be related to whatever deal Sega and Nintendo have worked out that has led to Nintendo publishing Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 exclusively on their platform while Sega owns the IP. Whatever the case, if you've wanted either game on the Wii U, this will be your last opportunity to grab it before you're left with just physical copies.
At the current time the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Switch versions of Bayonetta, and the Switch version of its sequel, do not appear to be going anywhere. Likewise, the US Wii U eShop version of both games also appears to be staying up, or at least there is no announcement to the contrary at this time. We have reached out to both Nintendo and Sega, but they have not responded by the time of publishing. We'll update the article if we hear back from them or as the story further evolves.
Got any ideas as to why the Bayonetta games are being delisted? Going to pick it up before they can be? Have you written the word Bayonetta so many times that it no longer looks like a word, or is that just me? Let us know in the comments below!