Original Bayonetta announced as digital download


Bayonetta 2’s director has given some exciting news about everyone’s favourite hair-covered gun-toting witch on the Nintendo Console Gaming Facebook page.






Adding onto the previous announcement at E3, Director Yusuke Hashimoto has posted up a response video to fans saying that the digital download version of Bayonetta is coming soon. Nintendo states:

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).


This seems to be dividing people online, so let us know if this affects your decision on getting the game at either way in the comments below.

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  • Alex
    June 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I wish I came physically if you bought the physical game. There’s really no reason they couldn’t pack in a second disc.
    Especially because not all WiiU’s have the free space after the Mario Kart 8 promotion and lots of people prefer a physical option.

  • mikeeeey
    June 16, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I was going to buy this regardless of them including the first Bayonetta game. That being said, I think it would be better to give two discs for the physical copy, but I guess they want to save as much money on producing the disc as well as the extra piece they’d need to put in the case to hold two discs. I don’t blame them since they’re porting the game and including it for free, which they didn’t have to do.

    I guess it’s silly that it’s a download because a lot of people may want to play it straight away before Bayonetta 2 but they will have to wait a while since it should be at least 7gb. I myself haven’t decided if I’d replay 1 on Wii U as I think I’d rather get straight into 2. I’ll probably play 1 as a classic run through in a couple of years.

    Another reason is of course the hard drive space. I’ve only downloaded a couple of retail games on my Wii U and mostly use it for virtual console and download only games and my internal hard drive’s been full all year. I’ll need to buy one just to download my free game from Mario Kart 8, but I imagine many other people are in the same situation :/

  • June 16, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Doesn’t really bother me. I’m glad they actually ported the first one and this may actually make me go get a hard drive hehe.
    I’m guessing it’ll be around 7GB but it may be compressed too. Hopefully it won’t take long to download.
    I’ll probably alternate between playing the 2 games I dunno yet.
    While physical would’ve been nice, at least as digital version game should load faster etc
    Can’t wait ūüôā

  • Nicholas Steel
    June 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Problem with it being a digital download is that the Xbox360/PS3 version is around 10GB and unless Nintendo worsens the textures, audio or FMV video quality to reduce file size it ain’t going to fit on a Wii U Basic console and will gobble up a 3rd of a Wii U Premiums storage capacity. The Wonderful 101 is 10GB as well and I already got that installed on my Wii U Premium leaving around 18 to 20GB free.

  • Taceus
    June 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

    For those of you concerned about space, future-proof yourself with this https://www.bigw.com.au/electronics/computers-office/drives-storage/hard-drives/bpnBIGW_0000000320816/seagate-expansion-2tb-desktop-hard-drive. I’ve had mine for nearly a year, no complaints.

  • kuzi
    June 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I am using a 32GB USB flash drive in the front of my Wii U Basic console.

    I had no internal space left even before downloading any games.

    I loaded Pikmin 3 on it without problems. It loads quickly too.

    It should have sufficient capacity for the near term downloads

    I do not particularly like external harddrives – the expense, the cords (for the desktop version), the slowness (seen on Wii loading and video game cutscenes) and the loss and redownloading of massive data files over the internet if it goes missing or malfunctions.

    • June 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I’d be careful of using cheaper flash-based storage like USB pen/key drives. They’re typically designed for a small amount of read/write cycles than proper hard drives or solid state drives. Since games make pretty regular read/write requests to the disk you might find the drive dies quickly when doing game duty. Just fyi anyway.

  • Ninja
    June 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    They port the first game and include it for FREE which they didnt have to do and people still complain. The level of self entitlement of nerds on the internet is unlimited.

  • Lance
    June 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I’m certainly disappointed that the copy being included is digital, I’d have much preferred a copy on a second disc. That said, it doesn’t effect my decision to purchase the game, I was going to buy it before the inclusion of the original game was announced so either way it’s an awesome extra. I just would have much, much preferred a physical copy. But eh, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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