Both Bayonetta games are set to leave the Wii U digital storefront next week for undisclosed reasons.
One of the biggest downsides of digital games is that they can often be removed from storefronts out of nowhere, meaning that if you didn’t purchase it previously, you may never have the chance to do so again. This problem is rearing its head once again on Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U, and two of the platform’s best action games.
Starting next week on September 19, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will both be pulled off of the North American Nintendo eShop. This means that if you don’t already own the games digitally, you’ll likely never be able to snag them again. If you’ve bought each game previously though, they’ll still be readily available for you to re-download at any time. This removal has also taken effect in other regions like Europe and Japan, too.
In a statement given to USGamer, Nintendo detailed the departure of both games more specifically:
As of Sept. 19, the Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 games for the Wii U system will no longer be available for purchase on Nintendo eShop. Both games will still be available for purchase in Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch system.
While it’s a bit odd to see both Bayonetta titles leave the Wii U altogether, as Nintendo notes, both are still available to download and purchase on the Switch. Considering the failure that the Wii U was, I doubt many will lose sleep over this whole situation, but it is still a bit odd to see. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean that the games might one day also be removed from the Switch eShop as well.
As for what’s next for Bayonetta, the third entry in the series, Bayonetta 3, is currently in-development at PlatinumGames and will launch exclusively on Switch. We haven’t heard much about the project in quite awhile, but Platinum has said that work on it is going quite well so far.