While all eyes are on Nintendo and PlatinumGames’ critically revered Astral Chain, some sad news came up for Bayonetta. As of next week, Wii U owners will no longer be able to purchase the digital versions of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 from the eShop in Japan and Europe.
Bayonetta goes bye-byeonetta
At the time of writing, notices for the pending delisting of Bayonetta and its sequel have gone up for their respective product pages on the European and Japanese eShops. If you live in either of these regions, you have until 11:59pm on September 18, 2019 in their respective time zones to pick them up. No word as of yet on a North American delisting, but I imagine that won’t be too far behind. Those who previously downloaded the games should still be able to download them again after the fact.
If this situation sounds like a weird case of déjà-vu to you, then you’re absolutely right. Last year, Nintendo similarly pulled Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze from the Wii U eShop out of the blue; this happened right before that game’s Funky Kong-enhanced re-release on the Nintendo Switch. The move earned Nintendo some backlash back then, as the Wii U’s Nintendo Selects version only cost a cheap $20 US, compared to the full-price $60 release on the Switch.
With that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised if more Wii U titles that saw Switch ports were delisted in the near future. Ideally, Nintendo will want consumers to buy the newer, enhanced versions of these titles on their much more successful platform. Perhaps New Super Mario Bros. U, Hyrule Warriors, or Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE could be next? We can only wait and see.
With Astral Chain out of the way, we expect to finally hear more about the highly anticipated Bayonetta 3 in the future. However, I wouldn’t mind news of a The Wonderful 101 port for the Nintendo Switch…