GameStop will not accept used Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D games

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Earlier today we reported that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D uses a unique method of game saving. So unique in fact it actually raised quite an outcry with gamers. RE: The Mercenaries 3D saves all of it’s information on the 3DS cartridge itself on one save file meaning that it is completely un-deletable. Now this news was met by some with shrug but used game companies aren’t taking this news laying down.

Destructoid has actually managed to talk to a number of different GameStop sources a well as receive a statement from a Capcom representative on the save method. Apparently many GameStop managers in the United States have claimed that they were told to not accept any used trade-ins of The Mercenaries 3D because of the one save slot, but still sell new copies. This method is a bit less severe than EB Games’ decision to simply not stock the game at all.

Capcom’s Brian Keltner told Destructoid the following regarding the used game backlash:

“In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset. The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users. Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision, so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer.” 

Could this have simply been happenstance and is being taken way out of proportion by used-game retailers everywhere? Or was this actually planned by Capcom and they simply won’t admit to a rather back handed way of punishing consumers with only one save slot with absolutely no chance to adjust? What do you think?

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  • What Brian said really doesn’t really give anyone out there a real answer. Since the dawn of time all game saves on Nintendo Gameboy cartidges have had the ability to be reset or deleted so you can start again. Now that we are in the year 2011 and technology and game design has improved wouldnt you think that save games would be a whole lot easier to manipulate and manage ????? I think so

    Now in RE Merc whatever you do is saved and your always progressing further trying to get that higher score or that new content. BUT … Can I stop right there. WHAT IF I WANT TO START ALL OVER AGAIN !!!!

    You cant .. Why ??? Because the same game cant be reset on the cart. umm… please what kind lame excuse is this. Even if you’re like me and never trade in your games at one point or another you’d probably want to start the game again FROM THE BEGINING and take on a different path or something else. I find this very dissapointing and im still hoping that some sort of update patch is released to fix this problem. But from what I’ve experienced in the past with Capcom, I know this is not going to happen.

    – I see it as this –

    Capcom : *SLAP ON THE FACE* : JUST LIVE WITH IT AND SHUT THE HELL UP

    Consumer : But,, but I payed for a game that should let me at least reset my save game.

    Capcom : Don’t make me take my belt off !!

    Consumer : Runs off into their room and hides under their bed.

    • Travis Bruno

      Yeah it seems that they are simply hiding the fact that they did it for used game reasons. I mean I don’t know if a lot of people would reset their data considering Mercenaries is simply a little sliced up version of RE 5. I wonder if outcry gets bad enough if they will release some sort of patch for it through the spot pass system.

  • Cellophane Girl

    I really hate when there is only one save slot, as I like to usually have a “backup” save when I play games, just in case I screw up royally or something.
    It’s also a little annoying when you share games, like my husfriend and I do. Poor man, bought pokemon black, and having never played a pokemon game before he thought we could share it and just have different save files. Bless his heart.

    Anyway, I think it’s a stupid decision that you can’t reset the save file. But I don’t really think used game stores should be allowed to complain. It’s the game makers decision on how to make the game. They just need to do what they are doing and not take trade ins.

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