UPDATE 09/12: USGamer spoke with Nintendo on September 11th who confirmed that the games will also be removed from the North American Wii U eShop on September 19th as well. Our original post follows:
Heads up Bayonetta fans who are still rockin’ the Wii U. Both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be leaving the Wii U eShop in Japan on September 18th and in Europe on September 19th. Japanese Nintendo first broke the news earlier this morning and later in the day Siliconera confirmed that the European store pages for the games had been updated with the deadline.
Nintendo has been paring down their Wii U eShop library of late but heavy hitters like Bayonetta haven’t been their target. No explanation has been provided in any region or from any parties involved but “encouraging” Wii U holdouts to move over to the newer Switch releases seems to be the likeliest cause.
So far there’s been no confirmation about a similar fate reaching the North American eShop but if you’ve been holding out for either game, this week might be a good time to grab them. Amazon currently has download codes on sale for both games while Bayonetta 2 can be had on disc. Check carefully though, only the initial run contained a second disc with the original game inside!
Thanks again to @MrFortyFive for bringing this to our attention.