Bayonetta 2 European editions detailed following confusion

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Bayonetta 2 European editions detailed following confusion
Nintendo unveiled the three different editions of Bayonetta 2 coming to Europe, following some confusion over which copies include the original Bayonetta. Unlike in North America, not all copies come with the first game as a freebie. Instead, as listed by UK retailer GAME, a £33 Solus Edition only includes the sequel, and a £45 Special Edition bundles both Bayonetta discs. There is also the £60 First Print Edition that's exclusive to GAME, with physical editions of both games in a special case alongside a Bayonetta 2 art book.

Though Nintendo of America announced during its E3 broadcast all copies of the Wii U hack-and-slash sequel would include the first game, the company's European branch noted (as above) the promotion was for a special edition. though that was only further clarified this week. However, it seems two major UK retailers were unaware of the difference. According to, Google cache (now updated) showed GAME had previously listed the Solus edition as including the original Bayonetta. As we've verified, Amazon UK is still listing the Solus edition as including the first Bayonetta. We've reached out to Amazon to clarify the situation going forward.

That messiness aside, Nintendo of Europe slapped a concrete October 24 release date for the region, the same as North America. For more on Bayonetta's hair-raising return to our screens, check out our video preview.

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Nintendo Direct broadcast reveals new details of Bayonetta 2 and showcases the Tag Climax online co-op mode

4th September 2014 – A new Nintendo Direct video detailed some of the exhilarating aspects of Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, and announced the European launch date of 24th October. Nintendo also unveiled the Bayonetta 2 First Print Edition – which is exclusive to Europe – and houses disc versions of Bayonetta 2 and the Wii U Bayonetta remake, plus The Art of Bayonetta 2 art book, in special 3D embossed leather-effect packaging that faithfully recreates The Hierarchy of Laguna, the book of angels that docum ents the angelic foes Bayonetta meets on her adventures, making this a striking edition for devotees of the Umbra Witch.

At launch, European fans will have three retail editions to choose from: the newly announced First Print Edition, the Special Edition which bundles disc versions of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta together, or the solus edition which includes just Bayonetta 2. In addition, digital versions of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta can be purchased on Nintendo eShop at launch, and those who buy one title can obtain the other one at a discounted price.

Nintendo also announced for the first time that the cosplay costumes available in the Wii U remake of Bayonetta will also be available in Bayonetta 2. These include Bayonetta's wild takes on Princess Peach, Link and Samus, and – exclusive to Bayonetta 2 – a surprise star mercenary is also featured in her wardrobe in an outfit reminiscent of Fox McCloud, the hero of the Star Fox games.

Furthermore, the Nintendo Direct revealed Rodin as a playable character in Tag Climax, Bayonetta 2's new online co-op mode, and showed off the first footage of multiplayer action.

The Nintendo Direct also provided more details about previously announced features of Bayonetta 2, including characters, storyline, combat mechanics, weapons, magic, Bayonetta's trademark Torture Attacks and the new Umbran Climax. Viewers learned about Muspelheim challenge rooms, how the ranking system works, and how to spend their hard-fought Halos to buy items and skills, or modify weapons. It's a must-watch for anyone who wants to be ready to take down their opponents in style.

Be bewitched by Bayonetta 2 before she comes exclusively to Wii U on 24th October, with the Bayonetta 2 Direct which can now be viewed on YouTube.
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