A free copy of the original Bayonetta will not be included in the solus edition of Bayonetta 2 in the UK and Europe, Nintendo has clarified. Instead, the offer will be limited to the US.
Confirmation follows confusion overnight following the announcement of Bayonetta 2's Special Edition (£44.99) and First Print Edition (£59.99), which both include a physical disc-based copy of the original game alongside Bayonetta 2, and the solus edition "which includes just Bayonetta 2".
The decision to charge extra for the original game in Europe has led to disappointment amongst fans hoping to see the title included with every copy of Bayonetta 2.
Back in June, Nintendo US issued a press release stating: "Bayonetta comes packed in with the purchase of every retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2". It was immediately followed by a press release issued by Nintendo UK that suggested the same could be true for Europe.
"Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds the sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD," reads the UK press release. "Maniacal magic, warped weapons and some serious attitude make up Bayonetta's deadly arsenal. Best of all, the original Bayonetta game comes bundled with the retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2, complete with some Nintendo surprises and Nintendo cosplay options for Bayonetta."
But a Nintendo UK representative told VideoGamer.com this morning that the announcement was intended only for the US market, and that it had now detailed the line-up of editions available in Europe.
At least two major UK retailers, however, have previously sold - or are still selling - the solus edition of Bayonetta 2 on the promise that it also includes a copy of the original game.
GAME's original listing for Bayonetta 2's solus edition, which you can still see in Google Cache, stated that it included a copy of the original Bayonetta. The reference to the original game has since been deleted.
Meanwhile, Amazon UK's listing for the solus edition still states that it "also includes Bayonetta 1". The listing is inaccurate, the representative clarified.
UPDATE 17/09/14: Amazon has begun upgrading Bayonetta 2 pre-orders to the Special Edition free of charge, ensuring original customers receive both the original Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 as previously advertised.
Source: Nintendo UK