Nintendo's E3 announcement of Bayonetta 2 including a Wii U-enhanced edition of the original Bayonetta was pleasing; it's terrific news for Nintendo gamers, as those yet to enjoy the original can now enjoy both titles in the correct order, with the original even having new outfits and control schemes to enjoy.
The promotion has caused some confusion, however, with gamers unsure at various points how it'll work. Some dodgy initial wording on the game's official website prompted some to believe that eShop purchases of the sequel would not include the first game free, before a Facebook post hastily corrected the misconception.
The original version of Bayonetta will be available via a digital download on eShop when you purchase Bayonetta 2 (either a box version or digital copy of the game).
That seemed simple, in that all copies of Bayonetta 2 get a download version of the game, but then Nintendo UK told us the arrangement is a little different in Europe — outlined below.
1) Bayonetta 2 solus
2) Bayonetta 1 + Bayonetta 2 (2 discs in one packaging)
3) The digital versions available in the Nintendo eShop in Europe will be sold separately
No additional announcements have been made at this time
Based on that Europeans have more options that may be pricier to have both games — that said, it's possible that the 'solus' version will be below standard retail price, while an eShop promotion could still potentially be confirmed. If you're in Europe you may want to look away now though, as Nintendo Everything is reporting that it's been told that the retail version of Bayonetta 2 in North America will also have the original on a separate disc. Retailers are still just listing that original SKU, for the standard retail price, that says the original is included for free. So if NA gets two discs — contrary to that earlier Facebook post — then it's getting both for that one $60 price; the eShop will, as previously confirmed, offer a discount to get the original for free in North America.
Another twist, then. We'll reach out to Nintendo of America to confirm and, if possible, clarify whether there'll also be a 'solus' version in the region as there is in Europe.
So, would you be happier with a separate disc, North Americans?